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February 8, 2011
The Greatest Blu-Ray Review
Cinema Release Blu-Ray Release Distributor Director
None12/1/2011Village RoadshowShana Feste
Video Codec Sound Format OFLC Rating Star(s)
AVC MPEG-4Dolby TrueHD 5.1MPierce Brosnan
Susan Sarandon
Carey Mulligan

Pierce Brosnan stars in The Greatest.

The Greatest is a 2009 film starring Pierce Brosnan and Susan Sarandon. The movie tells the story of Allen and Grace Brewer (played by Brosnan and Sarandon respectively) who are grieving over the death of their older son Bennett, who died in a car crash.

A woman named Rose (played by Carey Mulligan) contacts the couple and tells them she is pregnant with Bennett's child. The couple invites Rose to stay with them and while initially she is quite an imposition she actually brings the couple closer together.

Carey Mulligan is pretty decent as Rose in the film.
The Greatest is a film that has torn many people, myself included. Firstly, the acting of Pierce Brosnan has to be commended, since he stepped out of the role of playing James Bond, Pierce Brosnan has gone from strength to strength and his acting in The Greatest is fantastic. He is raw, emotional and plays his character so wholeheartedly that it helps to draw you into the film, his acting is a standout. When it was shown at the Sundance Festival the film drew a standing ovation, however we're not sure if it is actually worthy of that.

Susan Sarandon is brilliant as usual.
The Greatest is a good film, it will make you laugh and make you cry at the same time and the ending (which is wholly predictable) wraps up the story nicely and sees the characters come out at the end 'better people'. The Greatest is a nice film, itís a decent drama and itís something a little different. Itís probably not going to be worth watching a second time, but itís a definitely worth watching at least once.

The Greatest may be a good film, but the AVC MPEG-4 encoded Blu-Ray release has been treated shoddily. The video transfer is passable, but doesnít particularly stand out. There is glare at times that interferes in the picture and the blacks can merge together. There is not a whole lot of grain, but overall the Blu-Ray transfer is nothing memorable, although, admittedly, a film like this doesn't really demand it.

The Greatest is on Blu-Ray now.
The film contains a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 channel track and the only time that the surround sound was particularly 'surprising' was when the car hit Bennett. Otherwise, the sombre tones arenít particularly anything we want to hear surrounding our living rooms.

There are no foreign subtitles on the disk, just an English track.

Sadly, there are no extras at all on the Blu-Ray release for The Greatest.

The Greatest is a good movie, the Blu-Ray release with an average transfer and complete lack of extras is disappointing. A rental at best.

Review By: Luke Van Leuveren


Note: All images in this article are Copyright© Village Roadshow. They are only indicative of the movie and not sourced from the vastly superior Blu-Ray disc format.