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The Walk (2015/Sony Blu-ray 3D w/Blu-ray 2D)

3D Picture: B+ 2D Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: B Film: B-

If you can get past Joseph Gordon-Levitt's ridiculously fake accent, The Walk (2015) is actually a pretty decent movie. I, for one, have always been afraid of heights so there were several times during this film where I was so invested that I was clutching the arms of my chair, which I owe mostly to director Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future) and his extraordinary 3D images.

If you haven't seen the documentary about this true story that came out a few years ago (the Academy Award Winning film Man On Wire directed by James Marsh) or an animated Scholastic 2005 short The Man Who Walked Between The Towers, reviewed elsewhere on this site), then you may not know the true story of Philippe Petit. A high-wire artist who has one of the most dangerous dreams imaginable: walking across the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in 1970's New York upon completion of construction. What starts at first as a simple idea, soon grows into a probable reality as the film progresses and we are introduced to a character that never gives up and pushes for us all to follow our impossible dreams too.

While made for a mere $35 million, the film wasn't a huge hit at the box office but was well received critically. In addition to Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the film also stars Charlotte Le Bon, James Badge Dale, and Academy Award Winner Ben Kingsley. Another cool thing to notice was that Gordon-Levitt didn't have any wire training before this film and was trained by Petit himself!

I am now kicking myself for having missed this in IMAX 3D in theaters as if the presentation on this disc was any indication that it is immaculately shot and truly a gorgeous film from a cinematic standpoint.

Presented in 1080p high definition MVC-encoded 3-D - Full Resolution with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39:1, as well as a 2D version that is intense in detail and a lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 5.1 track to accompany, The Walk looks fantastic on Blu-ray disc and is a perfect showpiece for Blu-ray 3D, which I read was post converted. Many shots, particularly those showing the depth and immense height really pop in 3D and add something to the experience of watching the film. Also on the disc are audio tracks in English, Spanish, and Thai Dolby Digital 5.1 and a digital copy of the film.

Special Features include:

  • Pillars of Support

  • First Steps

  • The Amazing Walk

  • Deleted Scenes

The Walk is a surprisingly fun film, full of death defying action and a great screenplay that's aim is to inspire and equally entertain. I enjoyed it all with the exception of that phony accent.

- James Lockhart



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