Barry Levinson's Academy Award-winning comedy drama about a callow young man who learns a great deal during a road trip with his autistic brother gets a top-flight presentation for this special-edition DVD release. Rain Man has been given a letterboxed transfer to disc in the widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, which has also been enhanced for anamorphic playback on 16 x 9 monitors. The original English soundtrack has been remixed for playback in Dolby Digital 5.1, while a dubbed French version appears in Dolby Digital Surround and a Spanish track is in Dolby Digital Mono. The feature also includes optional subtitles in English, French, and Spanish. Headlining the list of bonus materials are no fewer than three commentary tracks from director Barry Levinson and screenwriters Ronald Bass and Barry Morrow. Also included is a deleted scene, a short feature on the making of Rain Man, a gallery of still photos, and the original theatrical trailer.
It took a long time to get a great HD transfer of this all-time classic film, but it was worth it. Two amazing performances from Hoffman and Cruise drive this emotional road trip as these two brothers connect and change each other in unexpected ways.
Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise on a cross country trip with the great Hans Zimmer settin' the mood. Oscars, toothpicks, card counting and the line that has stood the test of time....yes Raymond, K-Mart still sucks (if you can even find one), what's not to love. It's almost criminal how cheap such epic movies on Blu-Ray have gotten, what a time to be alive (save for a few things I guess)!!!
If you don't know what this movie is about,then you must be living under a rock. The film is about a young man (Tom Cruise) who finds out his father has died and also finds out he has an older brother who is autistic (Dustin Hoffman in his second Oscar-winning performance) and who kidnaps his brother so he can collect a $3 million inheritance but bonds with him in the process. Classic movie, worthy of the 4 Oscars it won (Best Picture, Director Barry Levinson, Best Actor and Original Screenplay) and then some. Yes, some of it has aged poorly and the subplot of Charlie's car business potentially going under totally pushed in the background of unimportance, but still is a great film and will stand the test of time. The PQ, which is a 4K transfer, is simply marvelous, with great sharpness and colors on my 1080p screen. The audio quality isn't the best, which is representative of the 80s but everything is heard fine and dandy with Hans Zimmer's Oscar-nominated score and the great soundtrack benefiting the most from the DTS-HD soundtrack. The extras are mostly recycled from the older BluRay and DVD releases with three commentaries a deleted scene, but also includes two featurettes about the making-of the film and about the man whom Dustin Hoffman based his performance on. All around, a great disc worth owning just not showing off your home theatre system.
This moving film of brotherly affection is a remarkable achievement in film making. Dustin Hoffman Oscar performance is well deserved, and Tom Cruise, in a brilliant portrayal, was as Oscar-worthy. To watch the transformation from greed, total disinterest and a bitter attempt at revenge turn in to friendship, caring and brotherly love truly makes the heart grow ever fonder.
RAIN MAN is an accurate portrait of autism without being smaltzy or Hollywood wish wash. Bravo!!!
Being a fan of Barry Levinson's films during the 80's, particularly "Diner", this is par for the director's course. Winner of best film, it also put autism on the map for many who were unaware. Great performances by Hoffman and a young Cruise. Entertaining story with a good mix of comedy and drama, something Levinson always does well.
A touching story of a man's self-exploration as he comes to know the gifted brother he never knew he had. His focus on himself and his dilemma changes as he embraces the kinship he has longed for and the realities that go with loving another human being.
We all know the story by now, it's a classic 80's movie. After finding it in the discount bin for a decent price, I was happy to finally pick this up on disc, particularly the remastered version. While not a perfect release, the new transfer is substantially improved, most notably the color. Definitely worth owning.