Blue Valentine blends present moments in time with romantic past memories, to tell the story of Dean (Gosling) and Cindy (Williams), a young couple who spend a night away from their daughter in an attempt to save their failing marriage. The film is highlighted by uncompromising scenes of sexual intimacy and emotional intensity. (Gary Reber)
Special features include commentary with Director Derek Cianfrance and Co-Editor Jim Helton, four deleted scenes (SD 19:45), the home movie Frankie And The Unicorn (SD 03:04), up-front previews, and a digital copy.
The 1.66:1 1080p AVC picture was shot using either the Red One HD digital camera or Super 16, and presents two time periods and looks, neither of which are particularly distinguished. The color palette is generally naturally hued and warm, though, inconsistent and at times washed out. Resolution is, at times, nicely detailed and at other times softly focused. At times the imagery appears rough and compressed. Overall, the digital imagery is crisper and more vibrant, but the Super 16 footage appears more filmic. Still, the overall visual experience is pleasing and works well to support the story. (Gary Reber)
The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is mediocre, with a mostly frontal focus and occasional surround envelopment delivered with atmospherics. The music score is sparse but is effective. Dialogue sounds naturally spatial and nicely balanced. Overall, the sonic character is frontal focused and not distinguished. (Gary Reber)