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July 15, 2010
Precious Blu-Ray Review
Cinema Release Blu-Ray Release Distributor Director
6/11/20098/6/2010Icon FilmsLee Daniels
Video Codec Sound Format OFLC Rating Star(s)
AVC MPEG-4DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1MA15+Gabourney Sidibe

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Gabourey Sidibe is superb as Precious.
THE MOVIE
Precious, which has the full title Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire in America, is unlike any film that you've ever seen before. The film is set in 1987 and focuses on the 16 year old obese and illiterate Claireece "Precious" Jones (played by Gabourney Sidibe). Precious lives in the ghetto of Harlem, with her unstable mother Mary.

Precious has been impregnated twice by her father and she suffers abuse from her mother on a consistant basis. She has a child, that has down syndrome and is cared for by her grandmother. When it is discovered that Precious is pregnant again she is suspended from school.

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Precious (2009) was a critical and commercial hit.
This is a story that tells the journey of Precious. This isn't a film where everything is happy and all is fair, in fact it's quite the opposite. The story of Precious is touching, confronting and just brilliant. It's the type of movie that makes you wonder how a 16 year old can put up with so much and still survive.

Precious is an inspirational story that really is a different type of film. It's best described as a raw film, one that doesn't hold back, there is strong language, mature scenes and some sad and touching moments.

VIDEO
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Just sitting in the corridor.
Precious looks relatively decent on Blu-Ray. The transfer is clear and there is very little grain as one would expect with such a recent film. Some of the blacks are a bit dark and the transfer lacks some shadow detail making it difficult to see fine detail at times. During Precious' imagination scenes some of the lighting can be a little over the top and the colour can be a little strong, but overall the transfer is quite good.

AUDIO
There is very little audio in the film to get overly excited about except for when Precious imagines what life could be like. The film contains a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 (16-bit/48Khz) track and the dialogue is clear and really does help to paint the picture of what life is like in such a small environment for Precious. In terms of subtitles the film only contains English subtitles.

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Mariah Carey is impressive as Mrs. Weiss in Precious.
EXTRAS
Precious includes quite a few special features so let's see what to expect on this disc.

A Precious Ensemble (18:33/HD): This featurette takes a look at some of the different cast members. The cast in Precious really do make the film, so it's quite interesting to look at how the cast were found.

From Push to Precious (15:22/HD): This featurette looks at how the book Push was translated into the film Precious. It's a short look at the transition and those who haven't read the book will surely find this featurette interesting.

Oprah and Tyler: A Project of Passion (9:33/HD): This is a short feature that showcases how both Oprah and Tyler became involved in the film.

A conversation with Lee Daniels and Sapphire (8:28/HD): This is a quick conversation with the author of Push and the director of the film. It's really interesting to hear Lee talk about the book and the power of the book.

Deleted Scene: The Incest Survivor Meeting (1:46/HD): This is a short deleted scene.

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Precious is out now on Blu-Ray.
Reflections, psa's with Gabby, Lee and Paula and Gabby's Screen Test (5:13/HD): These are quick reflections from the actors after the films completion.

OVERALL
Precious is an excellent movie and the Blu-Ray release of the film really lives up to the quality of the film itself. This isn't the type of movie that will leave you with a smile on your face, but it will touch you and keep you just involved from start to finish.

Review By: Luke Van Leuveren

THE MOVIE
8/10
THE VIDEO
7.5/10
THE AUDIO
8/10
THE EXTRAS
6/10
OVERALL
7.5/10

Note: All images in this article are Copyrightę Icon Films. They are only indicative of the movie and not sourced from the vastly superior Blu-Ray disc format.