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    Senior Member David Vaughn's Avatar
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    Anna Karenina (Blu-ray) review

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    Plot
    at the twilight of an empire, Ann Karenina, the beautiful wife of one of Russia's most esteemed men, has it all. But when she meets the dashing cavalry officer Vronsky, there is a mutual spark of instant attraction that cannot be ignored. Anna is swept up in a passionate affair that will shock a nation and change the lives of everyone around her.

    My thoughts:
    This is one of the prettiest films I've seen in a long time and it certainly deserves its four Oscar nominations for Best Cinematography, Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, and Best Original Score. Unfortunately, it's all style and very little substance. I couldn't connect with any of the characters, which is rare with a Kiera Knightley movie (I find her quite sexy) and Jude Law usually delivers the goods as well. From literally the first scene I was bored and it turned out to be a long two hours and ten minutes to sludge through this middling affair.

    Video 4.5/5
    Like I stated before, this is a beautiful film to look at and the AVC encode has done it justice. The color palette is rife with rich golds, a lot of teal, and inky blacks, but there seems to have been a lot of post-production manipulation because the skin tones are a little too amber for dramatic effect. Regardless, the photography is mesmerizing and there are no compression issues to speak of.

    Audio 4.5/5
    The DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack is very immersive and includes distinct and clear dialog reproduction, enveloping environments—both interior and exterior—and even some robust LFE, when needed.

    Special Features

    • Audio Commentary
    • Deleted Scenes
    • Adapting Tolstoy
    • On Set with Director Joe Wright
    • An Epic Story About Love
    • Keira as Anna
    • Dressing Anna
    • Time-Lapse Photography




    Conclusion

    If you're in to classic Russian literature, maybe you'll enjoy this one more than I did. Frankly, if I had to sit through it again it wouldn't pass Constitutional muster against Cruel and Unusual Punishment. Sure it looks and sounds great, but it's a bore to sit through.
    David Vaughn
    Technical Writer/Blu-ray Reviewer
    Sound and Vision Magazine

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    David,

    Thanks for the review, I won't bother watching this movie.
    Richard

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    No problem Richard. I took one for the team on this one!
    David Vaughn
    Technical Writer/Blu-ray Reviewer
    Sound and Vision Magazine

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    Lasted 20 mins and I switched to tv show deception. Snorefest !

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