The Lighthouse Blu-ray Review
Two lighthouse keepers try to maintain their sanity while living on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.
Release Date: January 7, 2020
Run time: 109 minutes
Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.20:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD
Film festival sweetheart The Lighthouse is a movie that a lot of film buffs have been looking forward to. The buzz has been real since it’s premiere at Cannes festival and has been my personal most anticipated movie of the year for a while now. I’m more than happy to report that this movie lived up to my expectations in every way imaginable and is probably the best movie from 2019
By far the most interesting thing about this movie is it’s technical aspects. The movie is shot in 35mm black and white film at a 1,19×1 aspect ratio, basically the Lighthouse is shot to look like something that came out in the 1910s. Robert Eggers and his team have done such a phenomenal job here recreating this time period. And it works asolutely perfectly beacuse not only is it fitting for the time period that the movie is set in but it also adds to the claustrophobia and the atmosphere of the setting. Alot of thought was clearly put into shot composition as every single shot in this movie is breathtaking. Seriously there is some gorgeous cinematography on display here, some shots will stay with you long after you see the movie. Whilst the film is made to look and feel like a movie from the early 1900s, it’s also not afraid to implement modern elements into the film aswell. camera movements and music composition add a unique modern spice that really adds to the movies unique presentation, there is truly nothing quite like this.
With the setting and the premise, for this movie to work it it needed two actors to pull this all together. Which is where Willam Dafoe and Robert pattinson come in, who both give career best performances. Both actors are given such brilliant material that allows them to go parody level insane, but it works beutifuly for the world in which they inhabit. Dafoe especially is hamming it up to cartoon levels of parody (Which the film does address) and it’s absolutely amazing. Pattinson also continues to prove himself as one of the finest actors working in the industry.
Movie Quality: 9/10
The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 1:85:1 aspect ratio. The print looks very good throughout without any apparent issues. The black and white color of the film is beautiful looking which brings out the fine details. The detailed scenes stand out very well. Blacks are deep. I found the print to be crystal clear with no artifacts or print damage. The darker tones of the film looks great with the appropriate lighting making this film standout.
Print Quality: 9/10
The audio is presented in a DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix. This is a very immersive soundtrack during the action sequences. This is a film where there is a lot of dialogue. Those looking for an audio mix that will take advantage of your equipment, this is the film for you. This is a very well done audio presentation that has dynamic range with the sound effects and a lot of panning from speaker to speaker. Dialogue is clean and crisp through the center channel.
Print Quality: 9/10
- Audio Commentary with Writer / Director / Producer Robert Eggers
- Deleted Scenes
- The Lighthouse: A Dark and Stormy Tale [HD]
Special Features: 2/10
Overall this is nothing short of spectacular. I truly cannot think of a single flaw. This is one of those movies that completely transcends you into its world and by the time the credits roll you will just want to go back in.
Overall Rating: 8/10