PARAMOUNT has released that rare kind of film that gets better with age, wisdom, or something along those lines. Having not been a big fan of "THE TRUMAN SHOW," upon its original release ten years ago, it was seen this time on blu-ray without much expectation for improvement. However, it's easy to see now why Jim Carrey was so well praised for his performance. Carrey plays Truman Burbank, an ordinary guy with the seemingly perfect "Hallmark card" kind of life. He's got a job as an insurance salesman, is well liked, and has a loving wife. However, Truman and the viewer begin to recognize something's amiss. While Truman thinks he might be just paranoid, when bizarre things, such as a lighting fixture for a stage, falls from the sky, and other weird happenings occur, it soon becomes evident that his life has been and continues to be lived, amidst a large television audience, within a giant, constructed soundstage. Everything that occurs to him, has been pre-planned and pre-conceived by the show's creator for the largest potential tv audience satisfaction. The unique concept for the film, should be no surprise, considering its writer, Andrew Niccol has gone on to create other semi-masterpieces, pushing the envelope, "GATTACA," and "LORD OF WAR," among his credits.
What is a surprise, is how well the film plays out on repeated viewings. There is so much going on, behind various scenes, that it's easy to find new gems within the film the more it's viewed, let alone the incredible acting from every player, and the tight direction from Peter Weir.
PARAMOUNT has provided the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio for this 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 blu-ray. While grain pops up occasionally, it's never intrusive. Colors are solid and pushed to the limit, without oversaturation. It's a slick, well-polished image, filled with depth, missing on the previous dvd presentation. While it doesn't jump off the screen with the same fervor as "INTO THE WILD," the image never falls flat.
PARAMOUNT has provided a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix, and it's notably better than the previous Dolby Digital 5.1 mix. The mix is a huge improvement over the Dolby Digital 5.1 mix with the Philip Glass score getting the kind of reverence it deserves. The effects aren't aggressive, but they're ingeniously utilized maximizing the payoff to many scenes. Bass is extremely effective and dialogue, music and effects are perfectly balanced throughout. A GREAT MIX!
Extras are ho-hum, with some well discarded deleted scenes, fluffy featurettes and the trailer.