Director: Rupert Goold
Cast: Jonah Hill, James Franco, Felicity Jones
Release Date: Now Available on Blu-Ray & DVD
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 8/10
Disc Rating: 9/10
ACADEMY AWARD® Nominees James Franco and Jonah Hill* star in this mesmerizing thriller from cowriter-director Rupert Goold, based on a chilling real-life story. After journalist Michael Finkel (Hill) is fired from The New York Times for embellishing a story, he learns that accused murderer Christian Longo (Franco) has been claiming to be him. Hoping this story will save his career, Finkel begins interviewing Longo in prison. But soon, the men find themselves in an eerie game of cat and mouse in this psychological drama that also stars OSCAR® Nominee Felicity Jones**.
Rupert Goold makes his feature film directorial debut with ‘True Story’ which he also co-wrote with David Kajganich, based upon the novel by Michael Finkel respectively. Goold does an impressive job at the helm of this emotionally riveting thriller, guiding this fact-based story with grace and delivering quite the notable directorial debut. The film is also tremendously benefitted by the incredibly talented individuals who comprise the cast, most notably James Franco and Jonah Hill who both deliver exceptional performances in each of their respective roles, once again reminding viewers that these are two incredibly talented actors with an impressive range that is far from limited to silly comedic roles.
‘True Story’ is an intense, powerful and emotionally gripping thriller that is boosted tremendously by impressive performances by Franco and Hill who are both on the top of their game. So much of what makes ‘True Story’ riveting and powerful is the discussions and chemistry between the characters of Michael Finkel and Christian Longo and without the proper actors cast in these roles, I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say the film would surely crumble. Overall, ‘True Story’ is an intense, dialogue focused nail biter complimented by exceptional performances that is all the more chilling knowing it’s based on factual information. I would highly recommend giving this one a shot; it’s well worth a watch and at the very least the cost of a rental.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘True Story’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks fantastic as a whole, delivering a rich, detailed and overall gorgeous presentation throughout, complimented by a more than sufficient bitrate. Everything looks gorgeous and spot-on from start to end, with no faults whether small nor large to be found on my end. Overall, this is a truly impressive high definition video presentation that should easily please even the most die-hard quality fanatics.
The Blu-Ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This lossless multichannel soundtrack is sharp, clean and discrete, utilizing all five available channels on a number of properly fitting occasions with random natural auditory effects and most prominently to surround the viewer with the films score, while never causing any dialogue which may be occurring simultaneously to become negatively affected or rendered inaudible at any point. Overall, this is a very solid 5.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtrack that delivers in every way required of it and shouldn’t disappoint.
The Blu-Ray release of ‘True Story’ includes a number of nice extras. Included on the release is an Audio Commentary with director Rupert Goold, in addition to a number of Deleted Scenes (just shy of 17 minutes worth altogether) with optional commentary by Rupert Goold. We are also treated to a number of ‘Promotional Featurettes’ exploring different aspects of the film and featuring interviews and comments with members of the cast and crew along with individuals involved in the real life ordeal such as the real Mike Finkel. The included Featurettes are: ‘Mike Finkel’ (running approximately 3 minutes), ‘Who is Christian Longo?’ (approximately 4 minutes), ‘The Truth behind True Story’(4 minutes), and ‘The Making of True Story’ (5 minutes). The ‘Theatrical Trailer’ and a ‘Gallery’ are also included.