Florence Foster Jenkins (Blu-ray)
SRP $24.99 2.39:1 DTS-HD MA 5.1 PARAMOUNT
 

As much as this reviewer loves Meryl Streep, "Florence Foster Jenkins" was a disappointment. The "based on a true story" about the heiress aspiring to become a well-regarded opera singer, in spite of a horrendous singing voice, seemed ripe for entertainment, but it's so unevenly handled by Director Stephen Frears that much of it feels redundant early on, and it's last 45 minutes can try anyone's patience. Streep is terrific in her role, and she's aided by a great cast. Hugh Grant is quite good, but in a part that was written with mediocrity as its template! While there are aspects of the script that are touching or slightly humorous, none of it achieves the grand scale it aspires to, giving the film an atmosphere of smugness, unintentionally or not!

The scenes of Florence singing terribly off-key might induce a laugh the first or 2nd time, but certainly not the 5th, 6th or 100th time, but Frears seems to think the more they repeat the same gag, the funnier. NOT!

Paramount has provided the correct 2.39:1 aspect ratio for this MPEG-4 AVC encoded 1080p blu-ray. Colors are vibrant, complimenting the stunning costume and set designs. Contrast is impressive with inky blacks, allowing for great detail to be retained even in darker scenes. This is a solid and impressive image!

PARAMOUNT has provided a DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix. While mainly center channel and front-speaker focused, surrounds kick in effectively during some scenes wherein ambient effects are well-utilized. Surprisingly, however, musical sequences don't make the most of surround capability. Dialogue is always well balanced with music, intelligible and free from distortion.

There's a terrific Q&A included as well as brief featurettes and deleted scenes(all in 1080p), along with the blu-ray, dvd and Digital code.