Philomena (DVD): Review

The Film

Philomena, the film, inspired by actual events, that garnered so much attention during the 2014 awards season, is finally out for viewers to own.

Following the story of title character, Philomena, as she attempts to find out what happened to her son who was adopted when at a young age, she meets a political journalist who seems to be fighting his own demons.

Judi Dench (Philomena) and Steve Coogen (Martin) deliver a stunning performance in this drama. The pace is slow, denoting the long struggle they undertook to find details of Philomena’s son). But these two bring the story alive, drawing the audience in, and allowing them to feel each emotionally charged aspect, and each sad or joyous moment.

An incredibly talented cast, a well written story. This is one to suck you in, and provide a respite from all the action and effects of the filmes of today.

Disc And Bonus Features

The disc is encoded at a decent bitrate, with no visible artefacts, allowing it to be scaled up to HD via software. Sound makes some use of the surrounds, but being a drama, and most of the focus on dialogue and the on-screen events, there is not an over use of these. There are unfortunatly no bonus features.

Philomena is available now, for purchase, in South Africa.

By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers. Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry. Catch him on Twitter: Instagram: IMDb:

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