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Mr. Turner (2014/Sony Blu-ray)

Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: B Film: B

Sony Pictures Classics releases the exceptional British film Mr. Turner (2014) on Blu-ray disc and it doesn't disappoint with an incredible transfer and bountiful extras. The film, directed by acclaimed filmmaker Mike Leigh, concerns the life and career of British artist J. M. W. Turner, played masterfully by Timothy Spall. The critically acclaimed film is well produced with extraordinary performances and costume design. Depending upon how you feel about British period dramas, this is either your bag or it isn't. The film also stars Paul Jesson, Dorothy Atkinson, Marion Bailey, and Karl Johnson.

A look at the last quarter century of the great British painter J. M. W. Turner, who was profoundly affected by the death of his esteemed father, loved by his housekeeper, Hannah Danby, whom he takes for granted and occasionally exploits sexually, and he forms a close and loving relationship with a seaside landlady with whom he eventually lives incognito in Chelsea, where he dies.

Throughout all this, Turner travels, paints, stays with the country aristocracy, visits a brothel, is a popular if anarchic member of the Royal Academy of Arts, has himself strapped to the mast of a ship so that he can paint a snowstorm, and is both celebrated and reviled by the public and by royalty. The film is pretty fun and a must for fans of the master's extraordinary art.

The presentation on the disc is flawless in 1080p high definition transfer with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39:1 and English, French, and Portuguese lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 tracks to boot. Subtitles are also available on the disc as well.

Extras include The Cinematic Palette: The Cinematography of Mr. Turner, Commentary with the Director, a Featurette, and a Deleted Scene. One can see why it received so many accolades last awards season.

- James Harland Lockhart V



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