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Still Alice (2014/Sony Blu-ray)

Picture: B Sound: C+ Extras: A Film: B+

Alice Howland (Julianne Moore) was a successful, happily married woman with 3 successful children. Renowned as a famous linguistics college professor and lecturer, she begins to forget and lose everything she had worked her entire life, when she discovers she has early onset of Alzheimer's disease. As she struggles to retain her memories and a normal life she is supported fortunately by her family, but as her memories fade one by one, will she even be able to remain Alice?

Alice is a strong independent working wife, mother and teacher. Everything she is, is because of she is smart and intelligent, and then some. She loves her life's work and thrives under pressure and stress ...and is respected and admired for it, but all that comes to a sudden stop with Alzheimer. As she attempts to use science, medicine, and memory techniques it only hides the symptoms, she must decide how to plan for the future and the last thing she wants to become a burden on others.

Co-directors Richard Glatzer & Wash Westmoreland's Still Alice (2014, based on the Lisa Genova novel) was and is a sad and tragic story and my heart goes out to all those who's family members have Alzheimer's disease. No matter how successful, smart, rich or powerful you are it mean very little if you begin to lose your memories... For modern medicine and incurable diseases the best they can do is try to make it painless as possible. For family members they must eventually endure the lost of the love one and tend to their care. Moore more than earns her Oscar and the solid supporting cast includes Alec Baldwin, Kate Bosworth, Hunter Parrish, Kristen Stewart and Shane McRae.

The 1080p, 1.85 X 1, digitally shot HD image is good, if limited in its color (consistently shot by Director of Photography Denis Lenoir), while the lossless DTS-HD NA (Master Audio) 5.1 mix is dialogue-based and though articulate, a bit more lad back than I would have liked despite this being a drama. Extras include deleted scenes, Directors' Journey in Making the Film, interview with composer, Finding Alice featurette and trailers.

- Ricky Chiang


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