SRP $28.95 1.85:1(16:9) DOLBY DIGITAL 5.1 SONY
 
SRP $38.95 1.85:1 DOLBY TrueHD 5.1 SONY
 

While Phiippa Gregory's "THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL" was filled with plenty of conjecture, it also had much more factual information than what the film adaptation offers. Another obvious problem was that the film was long delayed by SONY, suggesting the studio wasn't expecting great reviews. They were psychic, because as attractive as the leads are, the film plays like a mediocre "LIFETIME" cable version of the superior "THE TUDORS."  While the "SHOWTIME SERIES: THE TUDORS" also takes great liberties with its subject matter, it at least has some semblance of fact in some areas. "THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL" takes huge and gross distortions, based upon the worst kind of charges and gossip brought against Anne Boleyn during her trial. 

Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson are quite attractive here, although Scarlett's performance is so limited by the horrible dialogue and pacing, it hides the fact that she's actually a proven actress.  Portman is forced to endure a ridiculous rape scene, meant to titillate, but is less offensive than one would expect, because it's handled in such an obviously intended "HARLEQUIN" novel-like manner. BLECCH!

There's nothing to recommend about this film, other than to say high schoolers could use it to know who to stay away from in terms of intelligence,...those who liked it.

SONY has provided the same 1.85:1 aspect ratio for both dvd and blu-ray formats.  The 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray boasts a notably better image than the dvd, as is to be expected.  However, the image was shot with a Panavision HD camera, mentioned in a featurette and the detail found in this blu-ray is exemplary and truly reference quality.  Contrast is perfect, with inky blacks. The dvd boasts an impressive image as well, but the resolution can't come close to what the blu-ray offers, and contrast is limited severely in comparison.

SONY has provided a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix for dvd and Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix for blu-ray. Both are competent, and neither outshines the other in terms of fidelity.  Surrounds are used effectively, but this isn't an aggressive mix. Music is well complimented and dialogue is perfectly rendered throughout.

There are several extras on both formats, with the blu-ray being far better with these as well due to a pop-up trivia track option as well as high-def deleted scenes,etc.