While we weren't too impressed with George Clooney's directorial debut in "CONFESSIONS OF A DANGEROUS MIND", he's proven himself to be a force to be reckoned with in the way he skillfully directs and co-writes "GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK". It's a great film! It's also an important film, demonstrating the great abilities of good men to overcome the disgusting behavior of bad men. While there will always be idiots, even today, defending losers like Joseph McCarthy, "GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK" examines how Edward R. Murrow took on the dangerous Senator by using his own words. The film also presents the media in the positive light that it generally deserves to be shown in. Murrow demonstrates how important it is for the press to be able to lay out the facts and not be condemned for doing so!
WARNER BROS. has preserved the film's original 1.85:1 aspect ratio for this BLU-RAY release. Clooney shot it in black&white, and it serves the film's gripping atmosphere well. "GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK" puts the viewer right there in the newsroom, coffee shops and everywhere else where the action(so to speak)takes place. It has a look and feel, sorely missed in most films today! The BLU-RAY image is outstanding! The detail is flawless and while the standard dvd looked quite good, the 1080p image here, is simply outstanding! There's something remarkable about seeing the pores of David Strathairn's skin with such remarkable clarity in various newsroom moments, as well as the visual depth to the rings of smoke emanating from the countless cigarettes on hand and so common in workplaces back then. The black&white cinematography is beautiful and varies from looking glossy(at times)to looking gritty, but always perfect! The grays are perfectly discernible throughout. "GOOD NIGHT AND GOOD LUCK" is one of the best looking transfers we've found from any HD-DVD or BLU-RAY thus far.
WARNER BROS. has provided a DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 mix and, while not aggressive, surrounds are utilized to boost the film's great score in key moments. The fidelity is impressive, although most of the sound is delegated to the center channel. While it would've been great to hear what PCM version to the film could bare, the 5.1 mix offered is fine.
All of the extras found on the standard dvd have been carried over, including a terrific commentary.