Peanut Butter Falcon (The) (Blu-ray) [Blu-ray]
Blu-ray B - United Kingdom - Signature Entertainment
Review written by and copyright: Rick Curzon (1st March 2020).
The Film

The Peanut Butter Falcon is a modern Mark Twain-esque adventure starring Shia LeBeouf (American Honey, Fury) as a small time outlaw turned unlikely coach who joins forces with Zak, a young man with Down Syndrome on the run from a nursing home with the dream of becoming a professional wrestler with Dakota Johnson (Susperia, Fifty Shades of Grey) as Zak's loving, but stubborn, carer.

From writer / director duo Tyler Nilson and Michael Schwartz the film also stars Jon Bernthal (Baby Driver, Fury), Thomas Haden Church (Sideways), Bruce Dern (Nebraska), John Hawkes (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri) and introducing Zack Gottsagen as Zak.

Video

A sleeper hit scoring great reviews with critics worldwide; this is an unpredictable, feel good road movie that pushes all the right buttons. The cast are perfection and catch most of the positives but the film is good looking and well served by this transfer. I suspect the same master is being used worldwide.

A bright, mainly daylight-set film with terrific wilderness locations. Colours are naturalistic and favour browns and greens with lowkey flesh tones. Black levels are deep with plenty of shadow detail and no crush or signs of compression or encoding artefacts. Grain is light as this is a digitally shot production but filmic. Contrast is suitably supportive for the many bright scenes and offers a satisfyingly layered presentation.

I do miss the stronger more grain heavy look of celluloid that lends a more natural edge to outdoor productions like this but this is bang up to modern standards.

1080/24p / MPEG-4 AVC / 2.4:1 / 97:15

Audio

English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
English LPCM 2.0 Stereo

Decent lossless tracks that get the job done more than adequately; this is a character-based drama and dialogue is of prime importance. No distortions and a decent amount of depth. We have the usual, modest surrounds usage but the score uses the channels best.

Subtitles for the hearing impaired are provided.

Extras

Startup Trailers:
- Mickey and the Bear (1:33)
- American Woman (2:06)


Nothing of note. The US disc had a fleeting making of featurette but even that is AWOL here.

Packaging

Standard blue Blu-ray case.

Overall

A sleeper critical darling gets the barebones treatment from Signature Entertainment in the UK. Image and sound are pretty sweet representing the films bright aesthetic. Extras are worthless however. It's a cheap disc and gets the job done but I'd be lying if I daid that this disc wasn't an overall disappointment. A film of this calibre deserves some chunky contextual material.

The Film: B- Video: A Audio: A Extras: E- Overall: B-

 


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