The love it or hate it film adaption of the phenomenally successful stage musical lands on Blu-ray and I gotta say, I was not a fan of "Les Miserables" in the theatre. The live singing bugged me and the cinematography didn’t seem to fit the epic story. I still don’t like the live singing. (The music is supposed to represent the outward emotions, not blubbering sobs that turn beautiful music ugly. Imagine if Adelle boo-hooed throughout "Someone Like You" every time she sang it. Ugh.) But... the film does seem to work better on the smaller screen and you get the added bonus of being able to press ’pause’ and go cheer yourself up for a few hours before returning to the misery that is Victor Hugo’s story.
The film even looks better on the smaller screen - crisper images and for some reason, not as muddy. So for those skeptical or who didn’t like it on the big screen, it MIGHT be worth taking a second look. The special features are fairly interesting as well, although they tend to be filled with earnest declarations from the actors and a lot of back-patting.
The Bonus Features include a Behind the Scenes look at the film which includes seven mini-featurettes:
Those features exclusive to the Blu-ray are:
On both the Blu-ray and DVD:
The disc also included a Feature Commentary by Tom Hooper that is quite dry and humorless, but gives some insight into what went into making the film.
All in all, if you loved the movie it is clearly a must-have. For those unsure, it’s a toss-up. Thankfully, if you’re a film lover the special features are a nice bit of history since this was a groundbreaking way to film a musical.
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