Crazy Heart

Featured In Issue 148, May/June 2010

WSR Score3.5
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20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
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"Crazy Heart" is the powerful story of a country music star's rocky road to redemption. Bad Blake (Bridges) is a boozy, broken-down singer who reaches for salvation with the help of Jean (Gyllenhaal), a journalist who discovers the real man behind the music. Based on the novel by Thomas Cobb. (Gary Reber)

Special features include ten deleted scenes and alternate music cuts (SD 28:22), "Jeff Bridges, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Robert Duvall On What Brought Them To Crazy Heart" (HD 03:02), the theatrical trailer, up-front previews, and a digital copy of the film.

The 1080p 2.36:1 AVC picture exhibits a raw, rugged, natural look with a generally dark overcast character. Colors are richly and warmly hued throughout. Fleshtones are accurately rendered and are unflattering. Contrast is generally balanced with revealing shadow delineation, especially evident in the night club scenes. This is best viewed in a darkened environment, preferably a black room, to optimize the shadowy darkness of numerous scenes. Resolution is excellent and revealing of fine facial features and object textures, especially during close-ups. Blacks are deep and solid. The picture delivers a cinematic canvas that conveys a lot of visual emotion. The imagery really smokes with country attitude! (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is essentially a monaural experience, with the exception of the music, which projects wide and deep and expansive. Surround energy during music performances is aggressively enveloping and transforms an otherwise monaural experience. Still, dialogue is nicely integrated spatially. If you are a country music fan, the soundtrack delivers. (Gary Reber)