Blu-ray Review: Fifty Shades of Grey (Unrated Edition)
May 10, 2015 - Fifty Shades of Grey
There is though one reason to see Fifty Shades of Grey: a refreshingly, surprisingly offbeat opening by Dakota Johnson, who delivers a loyal breakthrough opening as Anastasia Steele. The blockbuster instrumentation of E.L. James’ marvellous novel of a same name is differently only a “Skinemax”-worthy bit of sensuality dressed adult in A-list prolongation values. This reminds me of all a ’80s-era Shannon Tweed cinema we used to stay adult late for when we was a kid, meaningful we would see thriving amounts of softcore nudity. But Johnson is no Tweed, and we meant that in a best approach possible. Though certainly attractive, she possesses just enough “plain Jane” ordinariness (we’re articulate by Hollywood standards here, of course) to make it believable. And Johnson pulls off a teenager spectacle by infusing her purpose with a winking amusement that manages to discourage a oh-so-serious pomposity of executive Sam Taylor-Johnson’s film.
For those who don’t know (and we didn’t, carrying never review a book), here’s a discerning recap. UW (Vancouver campus; i.e. southwestern Washington State) English illuminated vital Ana meets billionaire businessman Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan, TV’s The Fall and Once Upon a Time) during his considerable Seattle bureau building. She’s interviewing him, subbing for her bum broadcasting vital crony Kate (Eloise Mumford). Christian is immediately taken by this immature lady who dared to wear a frowzy outfit (again, Hollywood standards) among all his ultra-chic womanlike minions. After a few cursory meet-ups (an astonishing one even occurs during a hardware store Ana works at), Christian propositions Ana. He creates it transparent he doesn’t do “romance” or “the partner thing.” He wants her to be his submissive. That is, after she signs a extensive authorised request surveying her agree to be dominated intimately by him.
What follows (after many suspicion on Ana’s partial and some comical contractual negotiations) is a array of tastefully photographed sex scenes between Christian and Ana. Honestly a many intolerable aspect of it all is only how rote a whole “erotic” practice feels. Let’s face it, in this day and age people can record onto websites braggadocio giveaway live feeds of genuine people broadcasting their sex life as it unfolds loyal from their possess bedrooms. Why would anyone rubbish their time with something as old-fashioned and tame as a TA of Fifty Shades of Grey? Even if you’re not looking for in-your-face, pithy raunch, there’s distant sexier element accessible than this baggy stuff. And, unfortunately, Jamie Dornan is not adult to a plea of relating (or even approaching) a idiosyncrasies of Dakota Johnson’s performance. He competence be a good looking guy, though as Christian Grey he exhibits all a glamour and passion of Hayden Christensen personification Anakin Skywalker (that is to say, no loyal glamour or passion during all; not a hit opposite Christensen in general, only his terrible work in a Star Wars prequels).
Again, a prolongation values are positively stylish and tip level, good represented by Universal’s superb Blu-ray presentation. The 1080p send allows us to bask in a reasonably steely grays and capricious blues of Seamus McGarvey’s cinematography. McGarvey is a two-time Academy Award-nominated cinematographer (for Atonement in 2007 and Anna Karenina 2012). If that’s not adequate to consecrate a prohibited lane record, he also shot The Avengers (2012). The digitally-shot film is simply superb to demeanour at. The DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack is overwhelming as well. It creates good use of all channels, that is an considerable attainment for a non-action, dialogue-based film. Little audio surprises abound, such as a approach a Rolling Stones’ “Beast of Burden” emanates from a back channels while Ana giddily creates pancakes.
I never saw Fifty Shades in theaters and proceeded directly to a “unrated cut” presented on Universal’s Blu-ray, so we can’t pronounce about differences (the “unrated” apparently facilities an swap ending). The “unrated cut” runs 3 mins longer than a R-rated (I’m presumption a ever-so-brief penis shot wasn’t partial of a R-rated?). As for supplements, fans will substantially rush to click on a “Tease of Fifty Shades Darker,” though this 30 second trailer offers zero of interest. Luckily there’s utterly a bit of reward element to be found here, including 50 mins value of mini-featurettes delving deeper into a categorical and ancillary characters (we get a few brief tastes of how many loopier Dakota Johnson’s opening could’ve been, formed on some swap line readings).
“Behind a Shades” is a 20-minute ‘making of’ featurette. We hear from a author of a source novel herself in “E.L. James Fifty Shades” (six minutes). “Fifty Shades: The Pleasure of Pain” (nine minutes) delves really easily into BDSM enlightenment around some-more expel and organisation interviews. If still galleries are your thing (they’re not mine), “Christian’s Apartment: 360 Degree Set Tour” competence reason some interest. There are also song videos for Skylar Grey’s “I Know You” and The Weeknd’s “Earned It (Fifty Shades of Grey).” There’s even a brief featurette about a creation of a “Earned It” video.
It’ll be engaging to see how Dakota Johnson modulates her opening as Anastasia over a subsequent dual sequels. Fans of E.L. James’ books will expected continue to yield a processed assembly for these follow-ups. Let’s wish Fifty Shade Darker and Fifty Shades Freed are some-more constrained than Fifty Shades of Grey.
The Blu-ray Combo Pack includes a customary DVD and downloadable Digital HD copy.