While Patrick Marbler's script for "NOTES ON A SCANDAL" was terrific, his earlier adaptation from his play, "CLOSER" is really bad. It's hard to believe they're both from the same person, but then, "NOTES ON A SCANDAL" was from a book written by someone else. "CLOSER" attempts to be a provocative, insightful exploration of infidelity, but only offers dialogue that's dull, uninspired, and just plain bad. Need an example?
"Come here. You're beautiful."
"I don't kiss strange men."
"Neither do I."
Blech!!! Worse than the script though is knowing that a talented director like Mike Nichols bought into the idea of Julia Roberts as an actress. She's just as bad as she's always been here and, worse, she's onscreen a lot!
SONY has provided a 1080p/MPEG-4 transfer of the 1.85:1 aspect ratio. It's a great looking transfer. Colors are even bolder than in the previously impressive "SUPERBIT" dvd release. While that one was good, colors were more subdued in darker scenes. Here, they look great throughout. Detail is outstanding as well, with deep blacks and grays. This isn't an image that pops off the screen frequently, but there are instances like that and it does offer noticeably more depth than the dvd counterpart.
SONY has included a PCM 5.1 mix and Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. It's more aggressive than one would expect from a dialogue-driven film. While most effects are delegated to the front, surrounds are used frequently and effectively for ambience. Dialogue and music are well balanced. The dynamic range of the PCM mix is noticeably better than the Dolby Digital mix on the BLU-RAY and the DTS mix found on the "SUPERBIT" dvd.
The same crappy Damien Rice music video found on the dvd has been carried over here.