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The Light Between Oceans (2016/DreamWorks/Disney Blu-ray)

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

Derek Cianfrance's romantic drama The Light Between Oceans (2016) is an exercise in pulling the heart strings, but isn't without fantastic performances by stars Michael Fassbender, Alicia Vikander (Ex Machina), and Rachel Weisz. A story about parenthood and romance, the film is technically sound, but almost a bit too sappy for its own good.

Based on the book by M.L. Stedman, the film centers around a young couple (Fassbender and Vikander) very much in love, who discover a baby on the shores of the lighthouse where they live, on the remote island of Australia and decide to raise the child as their own. After a few years, they end up meeting the mother (Weisz) - who lost her husband and child at sea. Discovering that the child is this woman's, the young couple must choose between their attachment to the child and the moral dilemma of wether to return her to her true mother, or to continue raising it on their own.

The film also stars Caren Pistorius, Emily Barclay, and Anthony Hayes.

Presented in crisp 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.40:1 and a DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) 7.1 lossless audio track, the presentation here is definitely strong and nearly flawless. The film has great sound design, as noted around the end of the first act where a vicious storm takes place on the island, that will certainly give your home surround system an exercise.

A digital UV copy is also included.

Special Features...

Audio Commentary by director Derek Cianfrance and his film studies professor Phil Solomon

Bringing The Light to Life

Lighthouse Keeper

Definitely a movie or date night or for fans of sappy romantic dramas like The Notebook, The Light Between Oceans is made very interestingly and not without great performances, but isn't exactly a film I would revisit.

- James Lockhart



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