Rabbit Hole—Lionsgate

Video: 4.5/5
Audio: 3.5/5
Extras: 3/5

Becca and Howie Corbett are returning to their everyday existence in the wake of a shocking, sudden loss. Just eight months ago, they were a happy suburban family with everything they wanted. Now, they are caught up in a maze of memory, longing, guilt, recrimination, sarcasm and tightly controlled rage from which they cannot escape. While Becca finds pain in the familiar, Howie finds comfort. The shifts come in abrupt, unforeseen moments. Becca hesitantly opens up to her opinionated, loving mother and secretly reaches out to the teenager involved in the accident that changes everything; while Howie lashes out and imagines solace with another woman. Yet, as off track as they are, the couple keeps trying to find their way back to a life that still holds the potential for beauty, laughter and happiness. The resulting journey is an intimate glimpse into two people learning to re-engage with each other and a world that has been tilted off its axis.

Rabbit Hole was captured using the Red One camera and has an impeccably clean transfer. Fine object detail can be breathtaking at times and overall resolution is outstanding. Most of the film is well lit and provides for a very dimensional image with lots of depth. While some don’t care for the look of a digitally shot film, I fell in love with the look of this film. Its razor sharp imagery, impeccable detail and beautiful lensing really show off an HD display. The soundtrack is a treat as well. This is obviously a pretty emotional film and the delicate balance of ambiance, dialogue and score play wonderfully together on this Blu-ray. The soundtrack is pretty front heavy, but there are enough subtle nuances in the surround channels to give you a sense of being there. The score does a great job with the mood of the film yet never feels intrusive.

Extras include a feature commentary along with some deleted scenes. You also get some trailers.

This is an emotionally engaging film with brilliant performances from Kidman and Eckhart. While deeply saddening, it doesn’t linger on it so much so that you don’t feel like you can’t get through the movie. If you’re a fan of human drama, this is one not to miss.

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