Disc One of this two-disc set includes audio commentary by director Anthony Minghella and editor Walter Murch. Disc Two adds the 64-minute Climbing Cold Mountain documentary, 11 deleted scenes, a 93-minute Royce Hall special concert featuring the words and music of Cold Mountain, a 30-minute Journey To Cold Mountain on-location featurette, a four-minute history of the Sacred Harp, and three storyboard comparisons.
After being injured in the Civil War battle at Petersberg, Virginia, young W.P. Inman (Law) struggles to get back to his beloved Ada Monroe (Kidman) in Cold Mountain, NC. Anxiously awaiting his return from the war, she has been keeping her father
The anamorphically enhanced 2.35:1 picture exhibits pleasing images with satisfying sharpness and detail, though some scenes have a slightly blurry appearance. The color palette varies to support the tone of certain scenes, with the war footage presented in dark, gloomy hues; while many scenes on the journey to Cold Mountain are warm and welcoming. Saturation is excellent, with rich hues, accurate fleshtones and deep blacks. Contrast and shadow delineation are also nicely rendered. Pixelization is noticed at times, creating a
This soundtrack is much more aggressive than originally anticipated with some great sonics throughout. The Civil War setting in which these characters live could be brutal, and this soundtrack accurately reflects some of that brutality sonically. The first three chapters of this soundtrack (during the main battle scene) engage all 5.1-channels effectively and completely immerses the listener. The use of the LFE channel in particular is fantastic. Bass extension that
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