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[ Official Synopsis] Based on the best-selling novel by Emma Donoghue and featuring an Academy Award BAFTA and Golden Globe winning performance from Brie Larson, Room is one of the most acclaimed films of the year.

Ma has created a whole universe in ‘Room’ for five-year-old Jack, where they have both lived for Jack’s whole life. But when Ma decides they have to escape, she risks everything to give Jack the chance to make a thrilling discovery: the world.

Directed by Academy Award nominee Lenny Abrahamson, Room is an intensely powerful and wonderfully life-affirming journey about the power of love, limitless imagination and the strength of the human spirit.

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Video


Shot digitally, Room displays a modern image shot with more of a classic film style as opposed to an HD boosted colourfest. With the initial setting in, of course, a single room, lighting can be controlled entirely and it enables the crisp, sharp image to thrive. Light or dark, the presentation here remains full of detail, with sharp edges and lots of luscious colour dotted (though sometimes sparingly) around the otherwise drab room. Skin tones are mostly natural and the image provides a relatively real world look throughout.

The exterior scenes feel purposely colder, lots of blues, browns and greys, generating the winter feel hold most of the visuals but still those slivers of colours pop and textures and detail look fantastic when bathed in direct light. Less well lit elements look softer but a little flatter, with shadowing covering an entire person or object than with any sense of depth but these elements are few and far between as we cut to texture rich close ups or over to better lit areas.

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Audio


The audio track here is initially a purposely subtle affair, dealing in normality and ambience more than pushing the limits of the DTS-MA possibilities. Entering the larger world later in the film widens the track considerably, initially for effect before sinking back to a smaller, more personal sounding mix. Dialogue is clear and strong throughout and is very much the core of the track and even though there's very little in the way of show off moments, this is a solid track that presents Room as intended.

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Extras


The commentary track with Kenny Abrahamson, Cinematographer Danny Cohen, Editor Nathan Nugent and Production Designer Ethan Tobman is soft and slow moving with plenty of insight into the film.

The rest of the disc is full of featurettes, or more so short EPK style slices. "11x11" (09:06 HD) focuses on the room itself, 'Making Room' (12:02 HD) is the longest, so still minimal look behind the scenes.'Emma's Corner' (04:58) gives a glimpse at the novelist turned  screenwriter behind the story.'Brie Larson On Becoming Ma' (01:34 HD) covers Brie, 'Jacob Tremblay - The Discovery' (01:49 HD) covers the kid, 'Emma Donoghue -Adapting The Novel, (02:04 HD) covers the novelist turned screenwriter - again and
'Brie and Jacob - An Unbreakable Bond' (01:59 HD) covers Brie and the cool little kid, again. Really this is fluff, fairly detailed and to the point but still fluff really.

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Overall


I enjoyed Room back on its awards run as I found it a very unique perspective around the subject of abduction, especially in the the first half of the film. The second half gets a little more obvious and typical of the story type but I even found that very honest and rewarding for the most part. On second viewing, I still found the story deeply sad and handled with real care. Early in the year I remember thinking Room was the first genuine all round great film in awards season, it wasn't showing off, or shouting big messages like a lot of the awards bait did this year, instead it stayed small and focused on the characters in a very human way. On second viewing, it wasn't quite as effective, due to the intrigue element disappearing a fair bit but this is still a solid film and this Blu-ray does a great job in the A/V department to celebrate that even if the extras could have done with a bit more meat on the bones.

Note: The images in this review 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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