The Girl On The Train (DVD) : Review

Film

Rachel (Emily Blunt – Into The Woods, Edge Of Tomorrow), a divorcee becomes entangled in a missing persons investigation, when Megan (Haley Bennett – The Equalizer) disappears. that promises to send shockwaves throughout her life. Waking up with a hangover and bruises, Rachel soon becomes a prime suspect in the case.

The Girl On The Train takes its time beginning the story. Sure, you’re watching the characters, and things are playing out. And just as you begin to question the reality of the film, something happens. Yet, you’re not too sure. And this, in it’s own genius way, follows the thought patters (or thought chaos) of dear Rachel. Always unsure, wrapped up in her own little world, after having her life shattered, and another woman move into the house she was meant to live out a dream life in.

The film will certainly keep you guessing. As Rachel stumbles from pillar to post, sometimes quite literally due to an oft inebriated state, she casts suspicion on others, while not looking too innocent herself.

Some of the best acting, directing and storytelling, The Girl On The Train shows that the excitement of a good murder mystery is not lost. Thrilling to the very end, this is one ride you don’t want to miss. With multiple award wins and nominations, it is clear to see why this garnered much critical acclaim.

Disc

Technically, the disc is of a high quality. Content-wise, the main feature is a very enjoyable film, but with no bonus material.

The Girl On The Train is available now, to purchase on disc, in South Africa.

Video

Video is encoded at a high average bitrate. There are no visible artefacts on screen, nor any colour bleed. Detail is maintained on the darker scenes.

Viewers with the necessary hardware or software could scale up to a larger or higher resolution screen, should they wish.

Audio

Audio is presented in a 5.1 mix, with dialogue clear via the centre speaker. There is great use of the surrounds to expand the on-screen action, and further draw the viewer in to the scene and environment.

Navigation

Navigation is simple, and easy to use. The main menu contains three text links to either play the main feature, navigate to a scene selection sub-menu, or a setup sub-menu. The main menu has a motion background, showing some non-spoiler scenes from the film.

The setup sub-menu allows for selection of either the 5.1 or 2.0 soundtracks.

The scenes sub-menus each have has four still image thumbnails, allowing one to navigate to a certain part in the story. This are large, so should help alleviate some of the guesswork involved in picking a certain spot.

All menus, other than the main menu, have still images as their background.

Bonus Features

There are no bonus features on the disc, at all. While this is likely to be disappointing to many, for some, having anything reveal how the film was made, just might take away some of the thrill of the story.

Published 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: twitter.com/andrewgerm_za And IMDb: www.imdb.com/name/nm5390453/

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