March 14th, 2017 marked the arrival of the Warner Home Video Blu-ray Disc release for Collateral Beauty.
Allan Loeb wrote and co-produced the screenplay for this ‘modern fable’ set during the New York holiday season.
The film follows a man who tries to cope with his daughter’s death by writing letters to time, death and love.
While the movie was largely panned by critics, it was somewhat successful in the cinema.
Collateral Beauty the Movie
Successful advertising executive Howard Inlet has become clinically depressed after his young daughter’s untimely death.
His estranged friends and business partners, Whit, Claire, and Simon, are concerned about Howard’s mental health and the future of their company.
Howard’s erratic behavior has cost them a number of important clients and he also opposes their efforts to sell the company.
They hire a private investigator to assemble evidence that Howard is unfit to run the company, allowing them to override his majority share.
Sally discovers that Howard writes letters to the abstract concepts of Love, Time and Death, and steals the letters from the mailing box.
This leads them to hire a trio of struggling actors to masquerade as Love, Time, and Death, to confront Howard about his letters.
The plan is video record Howard taking out his anger on the actors, and then digitally erase them to make Howard appear mentally unbalanced.
Meanwhile Howard is struggling to make his own way, finding it impossible to talk to anyone about his tragic circumstances.
Collateral Beauty – My Thoughts
Collateral Beauty is an interesting drama that cleverly intertwines a number of key themes and cornerstones of life.
The producers describe the film as a modern fable, and as such one can understand both the strengths and weaknesses of the film.
The story is somewhat contrived, and while the lack of authenticity could be considered a strike against, framing it as a fable removes the requirement.
The resulting narrative takes the main character and his three closest friends on a journey to find what they are missing in life.
The key themes of the film are introduced right up front – those of Time, Death and Love.
We discover that while the main character feels cheated by all three, each of his friends are also facing a challenge from Time, Death or Love.
There are not too many surprises to be had, but again in a fable, perhaps the clever twists are not so essential.
The movie is set in the New York for the holiday season, which is fitting for the nature of the movie.
I enjoyed the film myself, finding it interesting and intelligent, and of course the cast is superb, especially Helen Mirren.
All in all I think your take on the film will depend on your need for authenticity versus ‘fable’ aspect of the story.
Collateral Beauty Cast, Crew and Performance
The cast features Will Smith, Edward Norton, Keira Knightley, Michael Pena, Naomie Harris, Kate Winslet, Jacob Latimore and Helen Mirren.
The critical response to the movie was pretty negative, with a Rotten Tomatoes score of just 12%.
That said it was better received by the public with an IMDb score of 6.7/10.
Collateral Beauty went on to earn $31M at the US box office for an international total over $87M, against a $36M budget.
Collateral Beauty on Blu-ray Disc
The video on the disc is an AVC 1080p encode at 35 Mbps, and is presented in its original aspect ratio of 2.40:1.
The image quality for the movie is strong throughout, with a fairly neutral style and colour palette.
While the style of the film is not especially demanding, this Blu-ray transfer is a winner.
For full resolution PNG screen captures taken directly from the disc you can check the details page for Collateral Beauty.
The main audio is lossless 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio with 24-bits resolution at 48 kHz.
The disc is a dual layer BD50, with 35.0 GB used and is coded for All Regions.
Collateral Beauty Blu-ray – The Bonus Features
The Blu-ray Disc release for Collateral Beauty features just the one featurette.
A Modern Fable: Discovering Collateral Beauty – 15:03
The only supplement included on this release is a quarter hour making of featurette.
The writer / producer talks about making a ‘modern fable’, delving into the positive and negative effects of love, time and death.
Set in the holiday season, and while the movie deals with some pretty heavy topics, Allan Loeb talks about the fanciful nature of the story.
That said the humour in the film is carefully balanced with the heavier topics.
The cast weigh in on getting involved in the project, while the film makers discuss the joys of engaging with such a renown cast.
Newcomer Jacob Latimore discusses working with the cast of experienced actors.
This release includes an UltraViolet Digital Copy code.
Collateral Beauty Blu-ray – Final Thoughts
Collateral Beauty is an intriguing concept that is presented as a modern holiday season fable for the new century.
Warner Home Video has put together a solid technical release though it is a bit light on the supplemental features.
The retail price is $29.98, though you can get it at Amazon for $19.96, saving 33%!
Collateral Beauty Blu-ray Extras:
- A Modern Fable: Discovering Collateral Beauty – Join the cast and crew as they reveal how they were Inspired to look at their own lives in a new light
Collateral Beauty Blu-ray Synopsis:
When a successful New York ad executive suffers a personal tragedy and retreats from life, his friends devise a drastic plan to reach him before he loses everything. Pushing him to the very edge, they force him to confront the truth in surprising and profoundly human ways. From Oscar-winning director David Frankel, this thought-provoking drama explores how even the deepest tragedy can reveal moments of beauty, and how the constants of love, time and loss interlock in a life fully lived.