Win Win [Blu-ray]
3.9 Stars (out of 5)
Academy Award® Nominee Paul Giamatti stars as a lovable yet long-suffering lawyer and high-school wrestling coach who takes us on a brilliantly heartfelt journey through the game of life...where you can't lose ’em all. When Mike Flaherty (Giamatti) comes across a teenage runaway who also happens to be a champion wrestler, Mike’s luck turns around in spectacular fashion. But his win-win situation soon becomes more complicated than he ever imagined when the boy’s family affairs come into play.
Paul Giamatti, Amy Ryan, Bobby Cannavale, Jeffrey Tambor,Burt Young, Melanie Lynskey, Alex Shaffer, Margo Martindale, David W. Thompson
Blu-ray Release Date:
August 23, 2011
English SDH, Spanish
Overall rating weighted as follows:
Audio 40%, Video 40%, Special Features 20%, Movie - its just our opinion so take it with a grain of salt
Audio 3.6 Stars (out of 5)
Dolby and DTS Demo Discs used as basis for comparison
● Subwoofer - 3.0 Stars
● Dialog - 5.0 Stars
● Surround Effects - 3.0 Stars
● Dynamic Range - 3.5 Stars
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1, Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1, French: Dolby Digital 5.1
Win Win is mostly a quite movie, with lots of dialog. It delivers the dialog perfectly, it never gets lost in the mix of music or ambient sounds. The soundtrack helps brings the movie to life and utilizes several speakers to expand the sound throughout the room. This is especially the case during the musical montage that features a song by Jon Bon Jovi being pumped through the speakers. Besides the soundtrack, bass is not a big part of the audio sound-scape. A few sounds can be heard in the in the rear channels like crowd noises during wrestling matches and natural outdoorsy sounds. Over all this audio presentation is crisp, and fits the movie perfectly.
Video 4.7 Stars (out of 5)
Spears & Munsil Benchmark Blu-ray Edition used as basis for comparison
● Color Accuracy - 5.0 Stars
● Shadow detail - 4.5 Stars
● Clarity - 4.5 Stars
● Skin tones - 5.0 Stars
● Compression - 4.5 Stars
Video Codec: MPEG-4 AVC, Resolution: 1080p, Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1, Original Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
The first thing I noticed about this Blu-ray is the clarity. It is flat out stunning, and it wasn't even filmed digitally. It's sharp enough to see the wrinkles and pores on faces without having a tight close-up on the actors. The colors are a little warm, but they look natural and help bring out the details on clothing textures and bricks on houses. Very few scenes that in the are dark or heavy shadows, but when they occur very little detail is lost and no compression artifacts are present.
Bonus Features 3.0 Stars (out of 5)
● Deleted Scenes - Mike Meets with Mrs. Tedesco, Family and Leo Drive to Courthouse
● Tom McCarthy and Joe Tiboni discuss WIN WIN
● David Thompson at Sundance 2011
● In Conversation with Tom McCarthy and Paul Giamatti at Sundance 2011
● “Think You Can Wait” Music Video by The National
Movie - 4.0 Stars (out of 5)
Win Win is a relate-able story about average people stuck in an uncomfortable situation. It's a heartwarming film that's funny without going over the top and dramatic without being sappy. The tone is perfect and doesn't need any strange twists or tricks to suck you in. It’s charm and light comedy makes this an easy watch. This film is based in reality, and if you are an adult with a family it's easy to like this movie.
I don't think I've ever seen Paul Giamatti give a bad performance, and yes I have seen him in Big Mamma's House. He plays the average man perfect, with just enough tiredness and a touch of sadness to let you know his day to day is getting to him. The whole cast is great, with one exception. Alex Shaffer plays the role of the troubled teen Alex, and this was his first acting role. I can understand that his character is supposed to be quiet and kind of shy, but he just seemed that he was uncharismatic. This stood out even more when you realize that the plot revolved around his relationship with the family. However, his performance didn't kill the film.
Posted by The HT Guys, September 20, 2011 7:46 AM
About The HT GuysThe HT Guys, Ara Derderian and Braden Russell, are Engineers who formerly worked for the Advanced Digital Systems Group (ADSG) of Sony Pictures Entertainment. ADSG was the R&D unit of the sound department producing products for movie theaters and movie studios.
Two of the products they worked on include the DCP-1000 and DADR-5000. The DCP is a digital cinema processor used in movie theaters around the world. The DADR-5000 is a disk-based audio dubber used on Hollywood sound stages.
ADSG was awarded a Technical Academy Award by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 2000 for the development of the DADR-5000. Ara holds three patents for his development work in Digital Cinema and Digital Audio Recording.
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