The Fighter—Paramount Pictures

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

Micky Ward is a struggling boxer long overshadowed by his older brother and trainer, Dicky a local legend battling his own demons. Their explosive relationship threatens to take them both down - but the bond of blood may be their only chance for redemption.

The Fighter looks every bit as good as it did in theaters with a very film-like transfer that has more of a documentary style look than a polished razor sharp feature presentation. Colors have a very natural balance and, while nicely detailed, the image has a slightly softer look with good depth and dimension. The fighting sequences are shot with video cameras rather than film to mimic the look of an older TV presentation so you will see some obvious video artifacts that are completely intentional. The lossless soundtrack does a great job with the fight sequences as well imparting the impact of the hits and the roar of the crowd. I love the musical selections littered throughout the film and the general sense of ambiance throughout the soundstage. Dialogue can be slightly overwhelmed at times but this is rarely an issue.

The 2-disc set includes both a digital copy and DVD copy of the film along with the Blu-ray. Features include on-set interviews with the cast and crew and the real people portrayed in the film. You also get a lot of insight into what went into making the film, training, the actors and the story behind the film.

By far one of my favorite movies of last year and a well deserving nomination for Best Picture. Bale is flawless as Dicky Ecklund and even Wahlberg turns in a dynamite nuanced performance as Ward. One of the best boxing films ever and a great human drama. Highly recommended.

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