The Revenant Blu-ray Disc April 19th, 2016

Posted in Adventure, Blu-ray, Commentary, Drama, Fox, Thriller, Western on April 21st, 2016 by Dave

The Revenant Blu-ray

The Revenant Blu-ray is big release from Fox Home Entertainment with an April 19th, 2016 release.

This survival drama was directed, co-produced, and co-written by Alejandro G. Inarritu.

The screenplay was based in part on Michael Punke’s novel inspired by the experiences of frontiersman Hugh Glass.

The story follows Glass’ quest for survival and revenge after one of his men betrays him and leaves him to die.

The Revenant the Movie

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The movie opens in 1823, where a crew of beaver pelt hunters is ambushed by Arikara Indians who are looking for the chief’s kidnapped daughter.

The few survivors escape by boat, though their experienced guide Hugh Glass advises them to abandon the vessel and continue on foot.

A number of the hunters, including the vocal John Fitzgerald, are angry at the prospect that they will have to discard most of the valuable pelts.

While scouting ahead the next morning, Glass gets attacked by a grizzly bear and suffers severe wounds in the encounter.

After tending to his wounds, the group’s commander Captain Andrew Henry pays Fitzgerald and the young Jim Bridger to watch over Glass until he dies, and ensure that he is properly buried.

Glass’s half-Indian son Hawk volunteers to stay with them.

However, while Bridger is busy collecting water, Fitzgerald decides that it is taking too long and takes matters into his own hands.

Left for dead, Glass must face no end of physical challenges to stay alive and track down the men who betrayed him.

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The Revenant is a survival epic in every sense of the word.

The main character Hugh Glass is seriously wronged in this story, and fights against the odds to cross a vast and unyielding wilderness to take his revenge.

While in most senses The Revenant is an excellent film, Glass’ main motivation is revenge, and for me this aspect casts a dark cloud over an otherwise excellent production.

Of course this is a personal view, and others may not have the same takeaway.

That aside The Revenant touches on many worthy themes, and is a revelation about the early days in the wilderness, with men living hard and even dying in order to make money in the growing fur trade.

Exploitation of the environment and resources at the cost of others and the complexities of the conflict between the native Americans and the European immigrants are both explored here.

The visuals in the film are stunning at times, with Emmanuel Lubezki winning the Academy Award for and Best Cinematography for his efforts.

The Revenant also won for Best Director and Leonardo DiCaprio took the Best Actor statue for his performance as Hugh Glass.

The supporting cast includes Tom Hardy, Domhnall Gleeson and Will Poulter.

The Revenant was directed by Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, the man behind movies like Biutiful and Academy Award winning Birdman.

Reviews for the movie were excellent, with a Rotten Tomatoes score of 82% and an IMDb score of 8.2/10.

The Revenant was also a big success in the cinema, taking in $183.2M at the US box office for an international total over $519M.

The Revenant on Blu-ray Disc

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The video on the disc is an AVC 1080p encode at 25.5 Mbps, and is presented in its original aspect ratio of 2.40:1.

As noted the movie won the Oscar for best cinematography, with visuals ranging from wide and epic to close and intimate.

Lubezki used a fairly dull palette but employed a number of innovative techniques to create a visually interesting movie.

The film was shot on a number of high resolution formats, and I imagine that this would be an excellent choice for the 4K Ultra HD edition.

Nonetheless the Blu-ray release also looks excellent.

See the details page for The Revenant for full resolution PNG screen captures taken directly from the disc.

The main audio is lossless 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio with 24-bits resolution at 48 kHz.

The disc is a dual layer BD50, with 46.2 GB used and is coded for Region A and Region B.

The Revenant Blu-ray – The Bonus Features

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The main supplemental feature is called A World Unseen, and is a documentary of sorts about The Revenant.

This 44 minute documentary features footage from the movie and the production, along with interviews with the director, cast and crew.

Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu watches the documentary play out in real time, projected in front of him on large screens.

The film makers talk a lot about the conceptual aspects of the film and the themes that play throughout.

The setting for the movie and the plight of the Native Americans both in the era of the film and in current times are also discussed.

The motivations for the fur trade, with great demand at the time for beaver fur hats, is presented.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect here are the parallels drawn between the exploitations in the film and the continued exploitation today.

Additionally there is a photo gallery that presents production stills from The Revenant.

You can choose to manually control the presentation or run it as a slide show, which takes around six minutes to play through.

This release includes an UltraViolet Digital Copy code which can also be used for iTunes.

The Revenant Blu-ray – Final Thoughts

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The Revenant is an excellent chilling western era drama film with dark themes and great visuals.

Fox Home Entertainment has assembled a great looking and sounding release, with a fairly substantial supplementary documentary.

The retail price is $39.99, though you can get it at Amazon for $17.99, saving 55%!

The Revenant Blu-ray Extras:

  • A World Unseen – A Documentary of The Revenant
  • Gallery

The Revenant Blu-ray Synopsis:

Leonardo DiCaprio gives an Oscar winning performance in Alejandro G. Inarritu’s cinematic masterpiece. Inspired by true events and the winner of 3 Academy Awards, The Revenant follows the story of legendary explorer Hugh Glass (DiCaprio) on his quest for survival and justice. After a brutal bear attack, Glass is left for dead by a treacherous member of his hunting team (Tom Hardy; Mad Max: Fury Road). Against extraordinary odds, and enduring unimaginable grief, Glass battles a relentless winter in uncharted terrain. This “boldly original” (Calvin Wilson, St. Louis Post-Dispatch) epic adventure captures the extraordinary power of the human spirit in an immersive and visceral experience “unlike anything you have ever seen” (Jake Hamilton, FOX-TV).

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