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The Theory of Everything looks at the life of one of the world’s greatest living minds, the renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking but as the story is based on the memoir of Jane Hawking, we’re seeing almost two stories here. The story of Stephen dealing with his neurological disorder and that of his wife, who cares for him and supports his paths in life.

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Directed by James Marsh and staring Eddie Redmayne (who has of course recently won an Oscar for his performance) and Felicity Jones (who was nominated for an Oscar also), the film is a heartbreaking tale of a man struck with a life changing condition and with his wife battling the ever destructive stages of it. This, at times is a rough watch but within this sadness is a real uplifting drive that celebrates the human condition and takes us on a journey through the many pressures the couple faced in their relationship.

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Video


The film crosses the more conventional looks of British filmmaking and a much more stylised, almost playful design. There’s a nice mix of stronger colours, such as greens, blues and oranges, with a sometimes hazy feel to the lighting but this all manages to work.  There are some bold choices across the board with all of this and even the most stuffy of university based scenes can feel creamy and warm and full of rich browns and warm light sources.

Detail wise the image is beautifully sharp. Skin textures, clothes and set decoration look fantastic throughout and the more naturally lit scenes can look as fresh and bright as it would be being there. The lighting can often make the image glow, even when you’d not expect it to and it makes for a pleasant image that takes full advantage of its 1080p core. This is a really great looking presentation and very much celebrates the filmmaker's intentions with the film’s design.

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Audio


The score here has an aggressive approach at times but somehow this still manages to balance with the strong dialogue and it makes the entire track sounds clear and powerful. Of course this is no action movie so the film remains rather level headed but elements such as room atmospherics or the sound of nature in  the open air show off in more subtle ways making the track precise and crisp at all times.

Dialogue remains very easy to hear, even as Hawking’s speech deteriorates, there’s some great pieces of music celebrated within the track and the firework scene really hammers home some bassy show off moments and elevates the scene even further. All in all, this is a natural sounding film, filled out with a very strong score elements and all of that raises the emotional pull  of the film very successfully.

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Extras


The commentary with James Marsh is strady and focused and the director is sure to pinpoint any small element of his actor’s performances or indeed his crew’s talents as they appearon screen.

The ‘Deleted Scenes’ (with optional commentary with director James marsh) (10:45 HD) add a few extra glimpses into things.

The only video extra is ‘Becoming the Hawkins’ (07:03 HD) which looks closely at the prosthetics involved with Hawking’s change of appearance over the story  and Eddie Remayne’s performance across the various stages of the illness he's presenting and then it moves on to Felicity Jones and her interactions with the role of Jane.

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Overall


The Theory of Everything is a thoroughly effective story of love, sadness and strangely hope as well. When I watched this with my wife and eldest daughter on it's original release, they cried pretty much throughout the entire runtime once the first real signs of Hawking's condition appeared and just when you thought that was sad enough, seeing Jane’s struggle to remain strong and support her partner is the cherry on top of the heartbreaking cake.

With performance’s very much deserving of the largely across the board praise this film received, this story, while very much following the biopic blueprint somehow manages to feel more grounded and emotionally legitimate than many of its ilk and that was very rewarding. The disc looks great, with its lighting bringing the visuals to life beautifully. Its sounds fantastic too and while the extras are probably in need to having more input from the cast and crew and of course the real life subjects of the film, the commentary makes up for a lot of that.

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