From Sundance Award-winning filmmaker Lee Hirsch, comes a beautifully cinematic, character-driven documentary following five kids and families over the course of a school year. Offering insight into different facets of America's bullying crisis, the stories include two families who have lost children to suicide and a mother awaiting the fate of her 14-year-old daughter, who has been incarcerated after bringing a gun on her school bus. With an intimate and often shocking glimpse into homes, classrooms, cafeterias, and principals' offices, Bully is a powerful and inspiring film that every educator, parent, and teenager should see. (Tricia Spears)
Special features include a special version of Bully edited for a younger audience (HD 00:47:11); six deleted scenes; the following featurettes: The Bully Project At Work (HD 07:17), Alex After Bully (HD04:27), Alex's Character Sketch (HD 01:45), Alex Raps (HD 02:27), and Kelby's Original Sketch (HD 01:26); Meryl Streep On Bullying (HD 02:07); the animated Communities In Motion (HD 05:16); Sioux City After Bully (HD 06:32); a clip from Good Morning America (SD 07:57); Kevin Jennings, an Advocate's Perspective (HD 02:22); the featurette We Are Daniel Cui (HD 03:17); a promo for Bully, The Book; and upfront previews.
The 1.78:1 1080p AVC picture is conventional documentary style. No distinguished image quality here, just basic handheld photography. Colors generally appear saturated but inconsistent in natural hues. At times the imagery is washed out and overly bright. Resolution is decent. Overall, this is serviceable image quality but nothing more. (Gary Reber)
The DTS-HD Master Audioô 5.1-channel soundtrack has nicely presented music segments and backgrounds, but the major element here is dialogue, which is intelligible. Atmospherics are monaurally focused and provide realistic sonic settings. This is a basic documentary soundtrack with no distinguished qualities. (Gary Reber)