The director, choosing to identify himself as "TARSEM," is best known for his music video for R.E.M, "LOSING MY RELIGION." His debut film, "THE CELL," had some beautifully composed imagery(when it wasn't disgusting) and it actually made Jennifer Lopez look extremely attractive in bizarre outfits, but it was a dreadful film, by almost any standard.
His latest film, "THE FALL," met vastly critical distain, but, surprisingly, it's a very good film! The plot takes place in the 1920s, focusing on a stuntman, paralyzed after a fall from bridge ends wrong. Miserable, hating his life, he meets a young girl in the hospital and begins telling her mythical tales involving six different heroic characters, blurring the line between reality and imagination for the girl and painting the elaborate tapestry that carries the majority of the film for the viewer, all in the aim for him to get the girl to obtain enough morphine so that he can end his life.
While the unusual cutting between the stark reality facing the main character and the fantasy world he creates, will certainly be too cumbersome for some viewers, it's actually more daring than self-indulgent, and, it achieves a deep, dramatic payoff.
SONY has provided the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray. The image is spectacular! While there are minor instances of artifacts, the overall quality is near reference quality! Colors, even when pushed to extreme, are never oversaturated, and the detail, even given the extreme differences in lighting and composition, constantly provides "jump off the screen" style of high-definition! WOW!
SONY has provided a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix. The lossless mix is extremely effective in enhancing the extravagant imagery and varying moods of a given scene. Whether boosting Beethoven's Symphony #7 in A Major, or panning/LFE effects, the dynamic range is always impressive and an immersive experience for the audience.
Extras include: two commentaries, with enough info and insight to deepen one's understanding and appreciation of the film and its development, deleted scenes, and two documentaries(all in standard definition).