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Tanna (2015/Lightyear Blu-ray)

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

Essentially a Romeo and Juliet style love story, Tanna (2015) is an Academy Award nominated Best Foreign Language Film (a first for Australia) with breathtaking cinematography and performances. I found the film from a filmmaking perspective to be pretty top notch but from a story angle, nothing quite new. How many times has a story of forbidden love of this kind been told? Still, the film cleaned up in film festivals and won several awards, showing a bright future for director Martin Butler.

I'm sure this film wasn't easy to make and does show off Vanuatu - where it was shot in grand scale. If you're a fan of love stories and foreign films, then you'll want to check it out, it just didn't blow this viewer away like it apparently did others. Based on an actual marriage dispute in the county, a young woman must run away from her tribe to be with the man she loves to avoid an arranged marriage. This doesn't go over to well with her family and the other villagers in her tribe, who wrestle with preserving their traditional culture of arranged marriage and struggle with bending the rules to cater to individual choices.

Tanna is presented in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.78:1 and a great sounding, of lossy 5.1 Dolby Digital Stereo surround track in Nauvhal with English Subtitles. The transfer is lush and consistent throughout with breathtaking colors and detail on the characters and location. This is definitely a disc that benefits from being on Blu-ray disc and would definitely be a good candidate for a future 4K UHD release. No digital copy.

Special Features only include Behind the Scenes Clips and Interviews.

While not necessarily my type of film, I can appreciate the artistry behind Tanna and would suggest it to those who are interested in foreign language films. Though based on a true story, I didn't find the story captivated or different enough from other films of the like.

- James Lockhart



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