Here’s my review of the Blu-ray/DVD combo packs of “Hereafter” and “The Fighter” from KTKA-49.
Out on a DVD/Blu-ray combo pack this week is Clint Eastwood‘s afterlife drama “Hereafter,” starring Matt Damon as a psychic whose ability to read other people’s thoughts leaves him cut off from the world. His and two other stories concerning the afterlife are woven throughout the film, and by keeping its story in the realm of the personal, it mostly succeeds.
Included are some making-of “Focus Points,” and a complete feature-length documentary about Eastwood’s career that’s narrated by Morgan Freeman.
The Oscar-winning movie “The Fighter” is also out in a combo pack this week, and features some of the best performances of last year. Christian Bale is riveting as the crack-addicted brother of boxer Mark Wahlberg and Melissa Leo is alternately fascinating and frustrating as the matriarch of this working-class family. The movie is at its best when it’s portraying the characters’ relationships in all their complicated glory.
“The Fighter” DVD/Blu-ray package includes a 30-minute exploration of the real-life family the film is based on, 17 minutes of deleted scenes, and a thoughtful director’s commentary from David O. Russell.