SRP $28.95 2.35:1 PCM 5.1 SONY
 

There are numerous problems plaguing "SEVEN YEARS IN TIBET" and none of them involve Brad Pitt's fine performance.  He's great and "still" one of the most under-rated actors in the business. Unfortunately, the story based on the autobiography of a mountain-climber/nazi is just hard to take.  Pitt plays Heinrich Harrar, a nazi sympathizer trekking of to climb in the Himalayas. After some interesting and more non-interesting situations, he meets and befriends the new Dalai Lama.  The time chronology of the film is also inconsistent and diminishes the film's potential impact. But, the biggest problem is accepting a nazi sympathizer can change as rapidly as Harrar does here, and without stronger conflicts to bring about the change. Sure, the dalai lama's an amiable, cute kid, but it's a little too convenient to believe Harrar wouldn't have been throwing bricks at any gypsie or jewish children had they happened by somewhere.

SONY has provided a 1080p/MPEG-4 with the correct 2.35:1 aspect ratio.  It's an inconsistent transfer, with much of the film varying from grainy to soft. However, there are some great moments wherein the blacks are deep and colors vibrant. The image alternates between looking fantastic and looking average. 

SONY has provided a PCM 5.1 mix.  It's terrific. Surround effects are creatively used throughout and layers of ambient effects blend with the score to create an immersive experience. Dialogue is well balanced throughout.