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The Lunchbox (2013/Sony Blu-ray w/DVD)

Picture: B-/C Sound: B-/C+ Extras: C Film: C+

Too often foreign films get cut slack U.S. productions and indies would not and so, I expect many of the raved-about films not as good as we are told they are. Ritesh Batra's The Lunchbox (2013) is one such recent release which is good and smart, but we've seen much of this before. Lla (Nimrat Kaur) is trying to reconnect with her husband (Nakul Vaid) by making some really good food, but he is ignoring her while wallowing in a sense of misery that he is the cause of and cannot see through. The food is sent via an old delivery service, but lands up reaching a friend of his, a widower (Irrfan Khan) who is amazed by the food (which her aunt helped make) and he becomes more and more interested in her and the food.

What follows is a mixed bag of some good drama, some good comedy, many false, predictable moments and some social commentary the 105 minutes could have used more of. The actors are convincing and locations fit, but some of this is just too pat and the result is a little disappointing by being a little too safe on all levels for its own good. Still, those really interested should give this one a look.

The 1080p 2.35 X 1 digital High Definition image transfer in the Blu-ray is an all-HD shoot that has some nice shots, but also has its share of minor flaws and issues throughout that we get from most such shoots. The anamorphically enhanced DVD version is so soft, it is almost unwatchable, so stick with the Blu-ray to see it, no matter what you land up thinking of the film.

The DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 lossless mix on the Blu-ray is dialogue-based and often on the subtle, quiet side, but this is well-recorded enough, while the lossy Dolby Digital 5.1 track on the DVD is weaker and passable at best. The only extra is a feature length audio commentary track by the director that is not bad, showing he should have said more of what he was thinking on screen.

- Nicholas Sheffo


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