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December 1, 2010
The Other Man Blu-Ray Review
Cinema Release Blu-Ray Release Distributor Director
None10/9/2010IconRichard Eyre
Video Codec Sound Format OFLC Rating Star(s)
VC-1DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1MLiam Neeson
Antonio Banderas

THE MOVIE
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Liam Neeson stars in The Other Man.

Films about affairs and revenge are nothing new, but The Other Man tries to tell the story in a different way, with a different result. The film focuses on the married couple Lisa (Laura Linney) and Peter (Liam Neeson). Lisa leaves Peter and goes on a trip. As she is away Peter logs into Lisa's computer while she is away and discovers that his wife has been having an affair with a man halfway across the world, Rafe (played by Antonio Banderas).

Liam Neeson continues to probe further and he decides to go to Milan to confront Rafe. When he goes to Milan Peter befriends Rafe and Rafe believes they have struck up a friendship, but in reality Peter is just finding out more about Lisa's lover.

From there Peter plots revenge on Rafe, he continues to communicate with Rafe (pretending that he is Lisa) via email and and begins to plan his revenge. From there things begin to unravel as more is revealed about Peter, Lisa and Rafe.

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Strutting on the catwalk
The Other Man has a bit of a predictable twist, we're not going to ruin it, but when the twist is revealed the movie becomes rather dull, sure there is revenge and a sordid affairs but somehow The Other Man makes it just seem boring. There is nothing memorable about the film, nothing that makes you want to watch the movie again and it feels as if the actors simply phoned the movie in.

VIDEO
The Other Man is a well presented movie on Blu-Ray. The video quality is solid, the 1920 x 1080p presentation looks good, only let down by the movie's dull setting. The small details like seeing individual strands of Liam Neeson's hair and the elaborate knitwork on Abigail's scarf look great. The colours are purposely dull in the film and so the movie isn't a showpiece of Blu-Ray technology, but the movie's transfer is solid. There is some strong lighting evident and some small grain at night, but this is a decent transfer.

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Liam Neeson getting fired up!
AUDIO
The Other Man features a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (16-bit/48Khz) track, which hovered around 1.6 Mbps. While the film purposely has a soft tone, the surround sound is utilised well. You're certainly not getting 2012 style and quality sound, but there is some really decent times when the surround sound is utilised to create an excellent sense of atmosphere. It does take a few moments at the start of the film to get used to the softly spoken voices, but when you adjust the sound will satisfy.

Unfortunately the film comes with no subtitles at all, not even English subtitles which is a little bit surprising and disappointing.

EXTRAS
The special features included on The Other Man Blu-Ray are really basic.

Interviews (1:14:21): The interviews are all in standard definition and are with Laura Linney, Liam Neeson, Romala Garai, Antonio Banderas and director Richard Eyre. These interviews are lengthy, but not particularly interesting, especially considering it seems like the film wasn't edited in anyway.

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The Other Man (2008) is on Blu-Ray now.
Behind the Scenes (30:12): This is a truly behind the scenes look at the Other Man and while it still feels like just raw footage it's actually quite an interesting featurette to watch after you've seen the film, as you can see how some of the scenes from the movie are filmed. Disappointingly though this featurette is also in standard definition.

OVERALL
Overall The Other Man is a standard movie that's not likely to have you coming back for a second time. The twist is boring, the special features are few and far between and to call this movie a thriller is just too complimentary.

Review By: Luke Van Leuveran

THE MOVIE
5/10
THE VIDEO
8/10
THE AUDIO
8/10
THE EXTRAS
2/10
OVERALL
6/10

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