Somehow, "THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY" was overlooked in theaters, but there's a new opportunity for it to find the legions of fans it deserves with this high-quality blu-ray release from PARAMOUNT.
Dev Patel stars as Srinivasa Ramanujan, an Indian math genius who faces incredibly daunting challenges trying to better his conditions to provide for a wife and family. While he's a true genius, his brain works so fast and with such precision, he lacks the working knowledge of "explaining the steps" leading to his mathematical principles. After sending examples of his genius to mathematician G. H. Hardy at Oxford, he finds a champion and mentor.
Even upon going to Oxford, and with Hardy's help, Ramanujan faces heart-tugging challenges there amid prejudice and the narrow-mindedness of an old regime unwilling or afraid to accept new ideas. "THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY" isn't an "easy" or light film to take in. Writer/director Matthew Brown does an admirable job at condensing the chronology of events, while still offering palpable depth to its main characters, but it's a delicate balance and while it is never dull, one can't help but feel some tighter pacing could've benefitted the film, even if that meant adding more material in the process.
Ultimately, Ramanujan's contributions are as impressive as his decency and humility. His is a story deserving to be told and "THE MAN WHO KNEW INFINITY" is a fine if imperfect film.
PARAMOUNT has provided the correct 2.40:1 aspect ratio for this MPEG-4 AVC encoded 1080p blu-ray. Colors are solid and impressive throughout. While scenes taking place in India offer brighter hues, even the more restrained color design within the halls of Oxford feels right. Detail is exceptional, but particularly so in close-ups. The imperfections of various actors' facial characteristics proves some genuine confidence in this area, but it's in the exotic settings wherein the strength of the fine detail stands out best. Contrast is generally impressive, although there are a few minor instances wherein detail is partially lost to shadow. Overall, a very good transfer.
PARAMOUNT has offered a DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix. This is a dialogue-heavy film and for the most part, sound is front channel focused. Music helps open the film up a bit and with great emotional impact during several sequences. Minor nuanced effects are utilized throughout with all speakers. This isn't an aggressive mix but it does its job well.
There are no extras provided, only a blu-ray without a UV code or dvd.