Archive for the ‘Boulevard (2015)’ Category

Blu-ray Cover

Distributor: Starz / Anchor Bay

Release Date: September 01, 2015

Region: Region A

Length: 88 min

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC)

Main Audio: English Dolby True-HD 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

Ratio: 2.40:1

Notes: This title has also been given a DVD release.

Boulevard

Robin Williams was an American treasure. He had the unique ability to make audiences howl with laughter, or touch our souls with piercing dramatic performances. He could be broad or incredibly subtle in his technique. Robin Williams was an incredible and underrated actor. Boulevard finds this late great in good form. It is definitely the best of his posthumous releases, but it probably doesn’t sit with the best films of his career.

It does, however, make for a perfectly acceptable screen farewell. Boulevard finds Robin Williams portraying Nolan Mack, a sixty year old closeted gay married man. His struggles are mostly internal, and Williams is able to make his struggle clear to the audience with minimal dialogue. It is unfortunate that critics were divided in their opinions about Boulevard. Perhaps they were hoping for one final mainstream masterpiece. Perhaps a small character study about a closeted sixty year old isn’t their cup of tea. It will not be a lot of people’s cup of tea. Williams portrayed the homosexual stereotype in Birdcage. This gave viewers a comfortable perch to sit and laugh at how incredibly funny these gay men were. This was the sort of film that mainstream audiences could watch without feeling uncomfortable. Boulevard doesn’t allow mainstream audiences the opportunity to disengage through laughter or any other means. Audiences are instead given an intimate glimpse into a man’s personal struggle with homosexuality. This isn’t something that most audiences can comfortably accept, but it does set Boulevard apart.

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The Presentation:

 3.5 of 5 Stars

The Blu-ray disc is housed in a standard Blu-ray case with film related artwork, and the animated menus employ footage from the film supported by music from the film.

Picture Quality:

4.5 of 5 Stars

The disc’s image transfer is rather nice. It exhibits vivid detail and the colors seem to accurately represent the filmmaker’s intentions. There are no distracting digital anomalies to mar one’s enjoyment of the film either.

Sound Quality:

4.5 of 5 Stars

The English Dolby True-HD 5.1 is equally nice. Dialogue is clear, music has room to breathe, and the few sound effects that are featured are nicely rendered here. There is really no reason for complaint here. Obviously, this isn’t the sort of movie that will exhibit a truly dynamic soundtrack, but the mix is perfectly acceptable for this kind of intimate film.

Special Features:

0 of 5 Stars

This release doesn’t include any supplemental material.

Final Words:

Robin Williams’s fans will not be surprised to find him in good form here. His best dramatic work exhibits a subtle sincerity that is hard to match. This is on full display in his portrayal of Nolan Mack. Boulevard isn’t for everyone. Certain people might find the subject matter distasteful or too leisurely paced. Actually, the pacing is appropriate. The film simply isn’t for everyone.

Review by: Devon Powell

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