Remember appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.78:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This was a consistently pleasing presentation.
Overall sharpness seemed solid. A couple of wide shots looked a smidgen soft, but those were the exception to the rule, as the majority of the flick was accurate and detailed. No issues with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and I noticed no edge haloes. Source flaws were absent, as the movie looked clean.
Like most films of this sort, Elsa gave us an amber/orange-tinted palette. Other hues appeared – primarily a bit of teal - but the golden feel dominated. Within those parameters, the hues were positive. Blacks seemed deep and dark, while shadows showed good smoothness and clarity. I felt happy with the transfer.
As for the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Remember, it lacked a ton of ambition. The soundfield focused on music and ambience, though it opened up on occasion. For instance, train scenes became a little more involving, and segments near a blast range contribute some punch. Nothing especially memorable occurred, though.
Audio quality was fine. Speech seemed natural and concise, without edginess or other issues. Music offered good clarity and range, and effects worked well enough. They didn’t have much to do, but they appeared reasonably accurate. All of this ended up as a perfectly satisfactory soundtrack for this sort of movie.
The set’s extras begin with an audio commentary from director Atom Egoyan, producer Robert Lantos and writer Benjamin August. All three sit together for this running, screen-specific look at the project’s roots and development, story/characters, sets and locations, cast and performances, camerawork and editing, music, and connected areas.
Expect a pretty compelling chat here. The participants deliver a nice array of insights and dig into the movie’s creation well. I still don’t like Remember, but the commentary lets me better understand the decisions involved in its creation.
Two featurettes follow. Performances to Remember runs 16 minutes, 49 seconds and includes notes from August, Egoyan, producers Ari and Robert Lantos, and actors Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau, Dean Norris, Bruno Ganz, and Jurgen Prochnow. The show looks at story/characters as well as cast and performances. We get a handful of decent insights but not a lot of substance.
A Tapestry of Evil: Remembering the Past lasts 13 minutes, 47 seconds and features August, Robert Lantos, Holocaust scholar Michael Berenbaum, and Simon Wiesenthal Center founder/deadn Rabbi Marvin Hier. The show looks at the Holocaust as well as efforts to bring Nazi war criminals to justice. While it may be a brief history, “Evil” covers the subject efficiently and well.
The disc opens with ads for Room, Amy, The Adderall Diaries, End of the Tour and Mississippi Grind. No trailer for Remember appears here.
Due to its emphasis on elderly characters, Remember shows the potential to become an intriguing shift on the standard revenge thriller. Unfortunately, it revolves too much around its plot twists and lacks the substance it needs to succeed. The Blu-ray presents strong picture as well as mostly positive audio and supplements led by an insightful commentary. Despite a good cast, Remember seems too superficial to prosper.