Easy Virtue (Blu-ray)
SRP $39.95 2.35:1 Dolby TrueHD 5.1 SONY
 

Noel Coward's play from 1924, "EASY VIRTUE," has been adapted into a terrific film, and Jessica Biel does a great job, more than making up for her horrible performance in the horrible film, "POWDER BLUE," released earlier this year.  Biel stars as Larita, the American with moxie, whose "Amelia Earhart-like" energy causes more than a few problems and many laughs, when she's introduced by her new husband, John Whittaker, for the first time, at their family Estate in England. As wonderful as Kristin Scott Thomas and Colin Firth are as Whittaker's(Ben Barnes) parents, Biel all but steals the show. She brings the exact blend of sexiness and humor to the role, necessary for the witty dialogue to transcend those moments that veer close to becoming melodrama. Well paced, and beautifully shot, "EASY VIRTUE" is easy to recommend as the kind of film any adult will enjoy.

SONY has provided the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray.  Colors are solid, although not consistently vibrant. Detail, however, is remarkable throughout! From the embroidery of napkins to the most minute details of Ms. Biel's well cared for skin, "EASY VIRTUE" looks fantastic! Contrast is excellent, with inky blacks ensuring the fine detail is maintained in even the darkest scenes.

SONY has provided a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix.  While not aggressive, it's still a more immersive mix than most would expect from a comedy. The all important dialogue is perfectly rendered, and balanced with a terrific score, featuring well chosen selections of the period. Discrete, surround and bass effects pop up occasionally to enhance some exterior sequences.

SONY has provided some extras, all worth checking out. A commentary with the film's director and co-screenwriter, is entertaining, often quite funny, and insightful, as it explores the film's development and various "major" changes in the adaptation.

Deleted scenes, while short(under 5 minutes) are still more intriguing than most excised scenes of recent films.

A blooper reel offers some hit-or-miss mess-ups, and more.

Cast and crew interviews are featured in "NEW YORK PREMIERE."