Director: Cameron Crowe
Cast: Orlando Bloom, Kirsten Dunst, Susan Sarandon
Release Date: February 9, 2021
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 8/10
Drew Baylor (Orlando Bloom) has been fired from his job and dumped by his girlfriend, and just when things couldn’t seem to get worse, he receives word that his father has passed away. After being asked to travel to Elizabethtown, Kentucky to make sure his father’s dying wishes are fulfilled, a life-changing romantic-odyssey awaits, after meeting an optimistic flight attendant named Claire (Kirsten Dunst). ELIZABETHTOWN comes to Blu-ray for the first time in this limited-edition release, restored from a new 4K film transfer, supervised by writer/director Cameron Crowe, and packed with special features.
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Cameron Crowe’s heartfelt film ‘Elizabethtown’ accompanies down on his luck businessman Drew Baylor (Bloom) who has just been fired after causing his company a ridiculous amount of losses and been dumped by his girlfriend on top of it. Ready to end it all, Drew hesitantly answers a phone call from his sister and learns his father has passed resulting in him heading out to Kentucky to pick up the body and bring it home. Intent to accomplish his task and get back to his planned ending, a pleasantly kind young woman on the plane as well as connecting with long forgotten family members soon starts to slightly change Drew’s mind about his intended fate in this beautiful, touching and frequently hilarious adventure about one man’s difficult quest to truly find himself.
Cameron Crowe’s beloved 2005 film ‘Elizabethtown’ comes home in high definition on Blu-ray for the first time as the fourteenth title in the ongoing ‘Paramount Presents’ numbered Blu-ray line which features various classics from over the decades celebrating the studio’s expansive vault offerings, with each film sporting collectible packaging, a new 4K film transfer and some extras along with more. ‘Elizabethtown’ definitely makes another welcome addition to the ‘Paramount Presents’ collection and this one should definitely thrill fans of Crowe and his passionate 2005 gem which also features a powerhouse cast that includes Orlando Bloom, Kirsten Dunst, Susan Sarandon, Alec Baldwin, Judy Greer, and Jessica Biel, along with more. ‘Elizabethtown’ makes its Blu-ray debut here with a magnificent new high definition video presentation from a new 4K film transfer that was supervised by writer/director Cameron Crowe and should thoroughly thrill the fans. Paired with a highly capable multichannel soundtrack and a nice collection of extras, this beautiful tale of one man’s personal struggle finally comes to Blu-ray looking and sounding than it ever has before and it should make welcome addition to any fan’s collection.
Overall, the ‘Paramount Presents’ Blu-ray release of Cameron Crowe’s 2005 film ‘Elizabethtown’ brings this delightful tale of love, loss and discovery boosted by a handful of heartfelt performances home on Blu-ray for the first time ever for fans to revisit and hopefully for a new era of fans to discover as well. The film makes its debut on Blu-ray sporting a gorgeous high definition video presentation from a new 4K film transfer supervised by Crowe and accompanied by a great multichannel soundtrack, some nice extras both new and old, plus of course the collectible packaging featured on all of the new ‘Paramount Presents’ Blu-ray releases. The release is highly recommended for fans of ‘Elizabethtown’ that might be considering a purchase. It’s an altogether solid Blu-ray release for the most part that’s sure to thoroughly satisfy those who have been awaiting the film’s arrival on Blu-ray for some time now.
The ‘Paramount Presents’ Blu-ray release of ‘Elizabethtown’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation of the film with its original 1.85:1 Aspect Ratio, from a new 4K film transfer supervised by writer/director Cameron Crowe. This newly remastered video presentation looks outstanding and delivers a clean, sharp and beautifully detailed presentation from start to finish that never suffers from any noticeable faults or issues along the way, yet is always rich with grain and other welcome artifacts representative of its source material. It holds up wonderfully even during the various fast moving, darkly lit and heavily populated moments throughout, never causing anything onscreen to become negatively affected or rendered indiscernible. Overall, this is a phenomenal high definition video presentation that delivers splendidly every step of the way and should thrill the film’s fans.
The Blu-ray release features a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This multichannel soundtrack serves as a nice compliment to the gorgeous video presentation, providing a clean, crisp and occasionally somewhat active audio presentation throughout. It consistently takes advantage of all five available channels in order to send its share of music, nature elements and crowd chatter along with more throughout the various speakers whenever appropriate, while always making certain that any dialogue or other audio elements that may be occurring simultaneously remain clean and fully audible. Overall, this is a great 5.1 DTS-HD MA soundtrack that more that delivers in every way required of it and should easily please.
The ‘Paramount Presents’ Blu-ray release of ‘Elizabethtown’ arrives sporting the standard collectible artwork for the limited edition Paramount Presents Blu-ray releases, complete with a slipcase that opens up to feature a larger version of the original theatrical poster, plus more photos and alternate artwork on the front and inside slip of the interior Blu-ray case (you can view a beauty shot from the studio included at the bottom of the review for a look inside). The Blu-ray disc itself also offers a handful of enjoyable extras both new and old, including ‘Filmmaker Focus: Cameron Crowe on Elizabethtown’ (running approximately 6 minutes in length), along with a handful of ‘Deleted and Extended Scenes with an Introduction by Cameron Crowe’ (running approximately 24 minutes altogether) and some Behind the Scenes Featurettes that explore different aspects of the film and bringing it to life. They include ‘On the Road to Elizabethtown’ (running approximately 14 minutes), ‘The Music of Elizabethtown’ (approximately 5 minutes), ‘Meet the Crew’ (2 minutes) and ‘Training Wheels’ (2 minutes). The release also includes a massive ‘Photo Gallery by Neal Preston’ which is broken down into ten sections. ‘2 Trailers’ and a ‘TV Spot’ for the movie (approximately 6 minutes combined) are also included.
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Disc Rating: 8/10
Cameron Crowe’s ‘Elizabethtown’ is Now Available to Own on Blu-ray for the First Time; Newly Remastered as part of the ‘Paramount Presents’ Blu-ray line from Paramount Home Entertainment
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