If you haven't seen Erin Brockovich then you're set for a great couple of hours with two of the finest performances put to celluloid in the year 2000, and a storyline based on real events.
Erin Brockovich tells the story of a feisty young mother who fought for justice any way she knew how. Desperate for a job to support herself and her three children, she convinces attorney Ed Masry to hire her, and promptly stumbles upon a monumental law case against a giant corporation, Pacific Gas & Electric. Erin is determined to take on this powerful adversary even though no law firm has dared to do it before. And while Ed doesn’t want anything to do with the case, Erin wont take no for an answer. So the two begin an incredible and sometimes hilarious fight that will bring a small town to its feet and a huge company to its knees.
I'll be honest here and say that I'm not really a fan of Julia Roberts. Even movies like Pretty Woman and Runaway Bride don't really do much for me. I don't dislike her, I just wouldn't go out of my way to watch most of her movies, but Erin Brockovich is one of the few exceptions. Albert Finney is perfect as Erin's boss Ed Masry and his performance is every bit s impressive as Julia's. The banter, and chemistry, between the two actors is electric and it's clear to see why Julia won the Academy Award for Best Actress, and Albert was nominated for Best Supporting Actor.
While this movie is certainly - by many accounts - quite heavily Hollywood-ised it remains a gripping story. In real life it wasn't Erin Brockovich who went to the town to follow up on her findings, but rather Roberta Walker approaching Masry & Vititoe after PG&E offered a quick settlement. The movie also fails to mention that many of the townsfolk at Hinkley were quite disappointed with the move to arbitration, the inability to see the case, and an the almost six month delay in getting their settlement payments (although in fairness this took place some years later). You can actually find out quite a few interesting details here.
No matter what the reality may be Erin Brockovich remains an engrossing movie with stellar performances across the board and a great storyline. If you haven't seen it yet then you're in for something pretty special indeed.
Other audio tracks on this disc include Spanish, Portuguese and Thai Dolby Digital 5.1 each encoded at 640kbps, and each with a similar high quality of audio. Subtitles are provided in English, English for the Hearing Impaired, Spanish, Portuguese, Thai, Dutch, Arabic, Bulgarian, Chinese Simplified, Chinese Traditional, Croatian, Danish, Finnish, Hebrew, Hindi, Icelandic, Korean, Norwegian, Romanian, Slovene, Swedish, and Turkish. Sampling the English track we noticed that the text didn't exactly match the dialogue on screen, but was often shortened slightly.
Personal Profile "The Real Erin Brockovich" (4:00): An interview with the real Erin, and Ed Masry. I really expected more from this actually as it's very light on. I would love to hear so much more about the smaller details of the case.
Deleted Scenes (30:07): A sizable quantity of deleted scenes are presented here with some that could quite easily have been inserted back into the movie. The video quality is superb and the clips are presented in 1.85:1 as per the main movie. Sadly the option audio commentaries for the scenes found on the DVD have been removed for this Blu-Ray release.
Review By: Dave Warner