Blu-Ray Review: J. Edgar


The biopic has the potential to be intriguing, but falls short for several reasons.

Feb. 24, 2012 — by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Clint Eastwood’s non-linear biopic of J. Edgar Hoover has all the elements of an intriguing film, but ends up being frustrating to watch. The movie traces Hoover’s career beginning with his joining of the “Bureau of Investigation” to his appointment as director.

Home Theater Forum’s Ken McAlinden reviewed the Blu-ray release and had these thoughts:


Nearly every frame is defined by shadows that go all the way to complete blackness. While this is an effective visual representation of the oppressive world of closely guarded secrets being dramatized in the film, it occasionally defies logic, most noticeably when scenes taking place in a crime lab receive the same minimalist lighting as scenes in Hoover’s inner office.


The film’s score, which is typical of the delicate, minimalist, piano-focused approach of most of Eastwood’s recent films is well-served by the lossless encoding.

You can read the complete review here and discuss it in the forum.

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