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Director Ron Howard teams with Steve Martin and an all-star cast to create a hilarious, touching and unforgettable portrait of life s most rewarding occupation: Parenthood. The Buckmans are a modern day family facing the age-old dilemma of trying to raise children the right way. At the centre of the storm is Gil (Steve Martin), who manages to keep his unique sense of humour while attempting to maintain a successful career and be a loving husband and parent, all at the same time. As Gil and the rest of the Buckmans discover, being the perfect parent often means just letting children be themselves. Mary Steenburgen, Rick Moranis, Tom Hulce, Jason Robards and Dianne Wiest add vibrant performances to this heart-warming comedy. [Official Synopsis]

Video


The image here doesn't pop in spectacular ways but it's still a pretty impressive HD upgrade. There are some nice strong edges, a bright and clean appearance to everything and despite still feeling it's age given the styles in the film Parenthood suddenly has a whole new lease of life.

Natural light delivers fine results as does the majority of electric lighting but if a character steps out of that the image looks a whole lot flatter and lifeless. Thankfully this is not a film that likes to stay out of the light, so most of the time the lighting enables the film to look fairly bright and breezy.

Colours are solid throughout, bright and strong and at their best pop off the screen. Red and blues arrange extremely bold and really lift the image into modern HD levels, the same goes for some of the better textures in costumes. Parenthood ends up a good but sometimes great HD presentation and made for a nice revisit to the Ron Howard comedy drama.

Audio


The DTS-HD Master Audio track is nicely balanced affair, dialogue central, sound effects to the left and right and Randy Newman or the score in the rears. This generates a warm audio presentation that doesn't show off but remains consistent.

The crisp clean dialogue runs the show with very little else raising the track but the score adds peaks and there's the odd actionish spike (though a few of them sound a little echoy as opposed to effective) but this is a comedy drama and it's got feel goodery to worry about not explosions, so everything is adequate for the requirements.

Extras


No features to see here folks, they've been confiscated by mum and dad.

Overall


The format of Parenthood still remains popular today with stuff like Mother's Day and Valantine's Day and all those multi-arc comedies that attempt to comedy up regular situations with multiple characters inter-connecting. Parenthood plays it a tad goofy but doesn't lose its way for the sake of laughs like a lot of these more modern ones do. Sure there are a lot of extreme cases to bounce around here but these all seem pinned on some solid observations of family interactions as opposed to out for shocks set pieces. Those age old embarrassing moments are boosted for a movie crowd, all while retaining a sense of realism and heart and Ron Howard and his cast deliver a quaint insight into the pressures of being a parent.

The Blu-ray itself is by no means a knock out presentation but it's still a bright boosted HD presentation that freshens the film up enough to be happy with the results. The lack of features is a disapointment though.

* Note: The images on this page are taken from the Blu-ray and resized for the page. Full-resolution captures are available by clicking individual images, but due to .jpg compression they are not necessarily representative of the true quality of the source.
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