Starring: Dev Patel, Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman, David Wenham, Nawazuddin Siddiqui & Benjamin Rigby.
Directed by: Garth Davis
A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia. 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.
Lion comes from a MPEG-4 AVC, 1080p transfer and it looks exceptionally well. The transfer is passable by all means for a newer release, but often throughout the film, you get a sense of white blemish that is consistent throughout the film’s 119 length. With settle clarity in sharpness when it comes to objects and clothing as well as facial textures, colors are well presented but at often times seem bland. The image for this film was digitally sourced which isn’t necessarily bad, but it does affect the PQ in terms of contrast and saturation. Depending on your television, black levels will seem washed out and dull, but if you are running on say an OLED television, this will seem non-existent. Keep in mind that there are a lot of dark scenes in this film, which contrast the films look. Overall the picture is exceptional and doesn’t cause any type of eye strain. The image is very settle and dark, but very plausible.
Lion is presented from a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 lossless soundtrack and it is incredible. The dialogue crisp and clear and the environments and sound effects sound natural. Surround sound is a must if you are experiencing this film for the first time, as the score is exceptional in all facets. The audio is what brings this film to life and its very moving given the films presentation and story. Experiencing this film in 7.1 Atmos gives this film another experience true to hi-def. The film’s diverse presentation of moving objects and natural sound effects, brings this film to another level and experience. Nothing bad can be said on this end of the review. I just hope this format could be consistent with all other future film releases, but that is wishful thinking.
Deleted Scenes- Dance Party, Panic Attack, and Saroo in the Lake
Behind the Scenes Gallery:
- A Conversation with Saroo Brierley : The real Saroo recounts his journey as it’s depicted in the film, both getting lost and finding home (7:49 lenth)
- Dev Patel: A quick look at Patel’s thoughts on the story, the director, casting, and performance. (3:22 length)
- Nicole Kidman: Kidman shares her thoughts on the story and the piece examines her performance, her work with Garth Davis, meeting with her real-life counterpart, her thoughts on the film’s themes, and more. (3:10 length)
- Director Garth Davis: The piece begins with Dev Patel recounting the plot, followed by Davis discussing his reaction to the story, the film’s structure, his work with the cast, and more. (3:37 length)
- Making the Music: Patel again recounts the plot, followed by Hauschka and Dustin O’Halloran discussing how and why they composed the music. (4:16 length)
Official Lyric Video- “Never Give Up” Performed by Sia.
Lion at best is an exceptional release and viewers who are a fan of this film will not be disappointed. The audio is what brings this film to life and given the stories moving and outright amazing score, this is how movies should be made. The overall performance of the film, down to the actors, music and story, which is based on a true events is worthy for those seeking a moving, yet compelling story of a lost/missing child finding his way back home 25 years later. Riveting, moving and motivating are all compassionate words to describe this film, but it doesn’t do the film justice. I will revisit this film countless times in the future and my experience will be like watching it for the very first time.
Production release: Weinstein Company
Video release: Starz/Anchor Bay
Number of discs: 1
Runtime: 119 minutes
Case: Standard amaray case
Release date: April 11, 2017
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1, Original 2.39:1
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC, 1080p
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
French: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1