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The Hollars (2016/Sony Blu-ray)

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

John Krasinski is without a doubt a talented actor and filmmaker, evident here in his 2016 drama/romantic film The Hollars. Realistic in many instances, the film follows the exploits of a slightly dysfunctional family that is facing divorce, economic depression, loss, and the challenges of fatherhood. The cast here is impressive and all give strong performances including Krasinski, Margo Martindale, Anna Kendrick, Sharlto Copley, Richard Jenkins, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Charlie Day and Ashley Dyke to name a few.

John Hollar (Krasinksi) is a struggling New York City graphic novelist, who has moved on from his small town life. When his mother Sally (Martindale) is diagnosed with a life threatening brain tumor, he goes back to be reunited with his father (Jenkins), a struggling business owner, his brother (Copley) whose wife (Dyke) has left him with his two kids, and his ex-girlfriend (Winstead) who is remarried to a hospital nurse (Day). Facing fatherhood with his future spouse (Kendrick), John must choose because going back to New York or picking up where he left off in his small town.

Presented in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, the film looks great on disc with bright and realistic colors and tones throughout. The sound mix is sounds great with a DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) lossless 5.1 mix that compliments the natural state of the film, as there aren't any loud special effects or anything to really warrant or merit a louder mix.

Special Features:

Commentary with John Krasinski and Margo Martindale

The Family Trust: Inside The Hollars

Persistent Vision: Margo Martindale

LA Film Festival Q&A with John Krasinski, Anna Kendrick and Margo Martindale

- James Lockhart



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