Director: James Ponsoldt
Cast: Jason Segel, Jesse Eisenberg, Anna Chlumsky
Release Date: Now Available on Blu-ray & DVD
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Film Rating: 10/10
Disc Rating: 8/10
A warm, winning road-trip movie that follows journalist David Lipsky (Jesse Eisenberg) as he interviews legendary author David Foster Wallace (Jason Segel), The End of the Tour explores friendship, fame, and creative rivalry through two people on a journey that is as moving as it is unforgettable.
Based on the best-selling book and true story, ‘The End of the Tour’ follows Rolling Stone writer David Lipsky (Eisenberg) as upon hearing of the writers supposed death reflects back on his journey years ago in which he joined acclaimed author David Foster Wallace (Segel) on the last part of his tour in an attempt to bring something unique to the magazine. Along the way the two individuals end up connecting on an odd level and in many ways start seeing hints at what they seek and what they already have reflected in the other as the two writers can’t help but find some friction occurring in their adventure.
Directed by James Ponsoldt (The Spectacular Now) from a screenplay by Donald Margulies which was based upon the book written by David Lipsky, Ponsoldt does a phenomenal job at the helm of ‘The End of the Tour’ guiding this beautiful, emotional and incredibly enjoyable film with a constant aura of beauty present. The film also benefits tremendously from a gorgeous score by acclaimed composer Danny Elfman, in addition to the phenomenal performances by both Jason Segel and Jesse Eisenberg who are both at the top of the game and deliver powerful and notable performances. The cast also includes a number of other well known and talented individuals including Anna Chlumsky, Ron Livingston and Joan Cusack among others, all of whom also deliver highly capable performances in each of their respective roles.
‘The End of the Tour’ is the kind of film that gets to you on numerous levels and really pulls you into the world, experiences and personalities of these two characters as they accompany each other on a hilarious and awkwardly beautiful journey. Guided with flawless care by director James Ponsoldt and featuring Jason Segel in a mesmerizing performance that is only boosted further by Jesse Eisenberg’s wonderful portrayal of the book’s author, it hits all the right marks and will stick with you long after the credits roll. Overall, ‘The End of the Tour’ is downright amazing and easily one of the best films I’ve had the pleasure of experiencing all year. This is one beautiful piece of filmmaking that I cannot possibly recommend highly enough; you definitely won’t want to miss out on this one.
The Blu-ray release of ‘The End of the Tour’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation utilizing the film’s original 2.40:1 Cinemascope Aspect Ratio. The video presentation looks great as a whole, delivering a sharp, detailed presentation throughout that provides a soft and almost mildly grainy appearance that is perfectly fitting for the film, holding up admirably throughout and with no notable faults of any kind to be found within. Overall, this is a solid high definition video presentation that should easily satisfy the majority of folks out there.
The Blu-ray release features a lossless 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This lossless multichannel soundtrack sounds great and delivers in every aspect required of it, providing a crisp, clean audio presentation that while not incredibly active utilizing all five available channels on a few occasions in more populated areas and most prominently with Danny Elfman’s beautiful score which beautifully fills the channels, yet never resulting in any dialogue which may be occurring simultaneously to become distorted or rendered inaudible. Overall, this is a more than capable 5.1 channel DTS-HD MA soundtrack that delivers in every way required of it.
The Blu-ray release of ‘The End of the Tour’ includes a few notable extras. Included on the release is an Audio Commentary with Director James Ponsoldt, Writer Donald Margulies, and Actor Jason Segel. The release also includes a Behind the Scenes Featurette titled ‘Behind the Tour’ (running approximately 25 minutes in length), in addition to ‘A Conversation with Composer Danny Elfman’ (approximately 8 minutes) and a number of ‘Deleted Scenes’ from the film (approximately 7 minutes altogether).