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People Like Us: Blu Ray Review

Find the dramatic comedy People Like Us in stores on Oct. 2nd, 2012. Courtesy of Touchstone Pictures


How many perfect families are there? The honesty presented in a film like People Like Us gives us a glimpse into the dysfunctions that plague a modern family, all the while, keeping us readily entertained.

In People Like Us, we follow a struggling salesman, Sam (Chris Pine), as he deals with reconciling with his family after his neglectful father’s passing. When settling his estate, Sam discovers a half-sister and his dad’s secret life.

Witty, truthful, and heartfelt all describe this drama. From the guys who wrote Transformers and Star Trek (2009), both Alex Kurtzman and Robert Orci find a completely different angle in which to tell a story. Both writers, with the aid of Jody Lambert, piece together a multitude of character studies in this tightly knit film.

Chris Pine, Elizabeth Banks, Michelle Pfeiffer, Olivia Wilde and Michael Hall D’Addario deliver true to life dramatic and comedic performances. It’s one of the truest example of genuine acting I’ve seen in a long while.

The Blu Ray + DVD release features a decent set of special features to accompany the fantastic film. They include a behind the scenes look at how the story came to be and the production footage in Number One With A Bullet: The Story Behind People Like Us. There’s also Taco Talk, which gives you Chris Pine’s and Elizabeth Banks’ complete improvisational and hilarious scene at the taco stand. Deleted Scenes, Gag Reel and Audio Commentary are also included.

Bottom Line: Come for the comedy, stay for the heart. Well worth owning.

Movie Grade A
Blu Ray Grade B+

Runtime: 113 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1


War Horse: A brilliant film wrapped in poor packaging

Steven Spielberg's latest epic, War Horse. Courtesy of Disney Pictures


There are few directors in the history of cinema who have crafted such a vast array of classic films as the legendary Steven Spielberg. His latest Oscar nominated epic War Horse proves the magic of movie making still flows powerfully in Spielberg’s veins.

War Horse, based on Michael Morpurgo’s novel, takes us on a journey with Joey, the stallion who touches the lives of everyone he meets and his harrowing journey through World War I.

This is far more than a war film depicting good versus evil. Both sides are examined, which gives this movie depth. Every aspect of this film is of the highest caliber. The acting is superb from every member of the vast cast, including Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, Peter Mullan, Niels Arestrup, and new comer Celine Buckens.

While none of the animals were harmed in the filming process, the movie does depict animal cruelty and there are scenes of horses suffering. A word of warning: if you are an animal lover (as I am), these scenes can be very difficult to watch.

Unfortunately, this combo pack comes in a large DVD style case, instead of the compact Blu Ray case. Since most people will be purchasing the movie for their Blu Ray collection, it makes absolutely no sense to package and promote an inferior product.

The feature set is on the light side for this DVD/Blu Ray combo release, with only two featurettes to enjoy. War Horse: The Journey Home sits you down in a roundtable discussion with the cast, writer, cinematographer, set designer, costume designer, editor and the one and only Spielberg himself. The second is An Extra’s Point Of View – a brief look into the hundreds of extras and what they endured to bring this story to the big screen.

Bottom Line: While the hardware is lacking, the powerful film within is worth every penny.

Release Date: April 3, 2012

Movie Grade: A
Blu Ray/DVD Grade: C

Runtime: 146 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1