All of my many Blue Ray reviews focus solely upon the actual quality of the film from Standard Def DVD quality to the higher standard set for Blu Ray. Summaries of the plot and opinions of the story line and acting can be found in the majority of the other reviews so I do not want to be redundant. My rating is based solely upon the Blue Ray disc's video and audio quality and not the quality of the movie itself.
Keep in mind, however, that the quality of what you see and hear is also dependent upon the quality of the TV monitor you are watching on as well as the home theater set up you are using. The monitor I use is a fairly new Panasonic ZT 65" plasma and the amps, speakers, cables, OPPO 103 BluRay player and AVM-60 7.1 Atmos enabled Surround Processor I use are hi end esoteric gear to provide me with a more realistic and objective perspective. The Oppo player is not enabled to transcode Atmos audio so it will default to the next best audio coded, in this case, DTS HD MA 7.1 I am not trying to be a snob here, but just pointing out that what you see and hear is very dependent upon the quality of the gear you are using.
Since there are several version releases, this one is based upon the 10th Anniversary release. I do not know if it is the extended version or not as the cover jacket does not say that it is. There are 2 discs with the 2nd disc holding the special features.
The film was originally noted for having been shot under totally ambient light conditions and it shows, but in a positive way. This does not mean that there wasn't any color grading. As such, the color grading is quite natural though slightly desaturated which fits the environment of the film itself. Skin tones did appear normal and natural with no popping colors anywhere. No artifacting could be noted throughout the film. Contrast, when a scene called for it was very present but only then since the film takes place outdoors in very grey weather which, naturally, would obscure hard contrasting features or items. All in all, the video presentation was an A-.
Even with a 7.1 DTS HD MA lossless codec, the audio surpassed my expectations. There was wonderful use of the surround speakers for individual audio foley effects with a bird from the left rear and the wind from the right and left sides. In fact, since there is minimal use of dialogue through much of the film, ambient audio done right as it has been in this release, is all the more important. Your LFE channel has its moments for somewhat deep bass but I wouldn't call it a bass demo track. That aside, the audio editing is excellent and deserves an A+
Tons of them regarding many segments of 'The Making Of' style of extras. I haven't watched them all yet but none appeared to be a waste of time. The download to UV went smoothly which was a surprise, but I wish I could have use iTunes as an alternative option.
I do hope this review has been of some help.
Thanks for reading.