William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet20th Century Fox (Blu-ray)
In this dazzling adaptation of Shakespeare's classic love story, Leonardo DiCaprio stars opposite Claire Danes. They light up the screen as the original star-crossed lovers against a thumping soundtrack and a boldly imagined modern-day setting.
Baz Luhrmann oversaw the transfers for his two films hitting Blu-ray this week. Of the two, this one looks the best, but I think it has more to do with the brighter image and less tinkering than the transfer itself. Detail looks a bit better and dimensionality is strong. There are still a lot of post processing effects that take their toll on the overall visual experience, but this was intended from the start. The soundtrack is a lot of funny and nearly as zany as Moulin Rouge. Plenty of surround use, lots of dynamic range and a perfect balance of just about every element. Overall a solid presentation.
Extras are very similar to the Moulin Rouge release and include a picture-in-picture feature with commentary by the director and lots of interviews and on-set footage. You also get some deleted scenes and a look at the music from the film.