One of Robert Benton's best films, "KRAMER VS. KRAMER" has been released on blu-ray by SONY. Dustin Hoffman stars as Ted Kramer, a successful hard-worker in the advertising industry, whose long hours and drive have contributed to estrangement from his wife, Joanna(Meryl Streep.) Upon returning home one evening, Ted finds Joanna has decided to leave him and their child, Billy, in the hopes of finding the beat to her own drum. As Ted takes on the challenge of learning everything necessary to be a single parent, he also must contend with bigger challenges at work, and eventually, the court challenge of Joanna, whom having finally become comfortable with herself, now wants to have custody of the child.
"KRAMER VS KRAMER" is incredible filmmaking! The script, direction, actors, cinematography and more, all come together in creating a stirring drama, whose greatest triumph is never becoming corny. It feels real and often gritty, from beginning to its powerful, realistic, perfect, realistic ending.
SONY has provided the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray. The image has the intentionally grainy, realistic look that many films of the '70s strived for, and while some may quibble that it diminishes detail, this is a great looking transfer! Detail is impressive, although not on the level of some slicker, glossy newer releases. Still, colors and contrast are well balanced throughout and many scenes, highlighting the wonderful production design, as in the case of Billy's beautiful cloud-painted room, are breath-taking.
SONY has provided a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix. Dialogue is what drives the entire film, and one shouldn't expect anything close to an aggressive mix here. There are some subtle ambient effects relayed to surrounds, but while not distracting or unnatural, the dialogue and music are front speaker focused, with perfect clarity.
A documentary about the film's production has been included.