Mar 102015
 

The Humbling is a quiet and oft dull drama but Al Pacino and Greta Gerwig both give solid performances so for fans of either, with a couple good scenes, it might be worth a rental but nothing more. The Blu-ray released by Millennium Entertainment provides for good video and audio transfers but a throwaway making-of featurette.

 

 

The Humbling
(2014)


REVIEW NAVIGATION

The Movie
| Special Features | Video Quality | Audio Quality | Overall

Genre(s): Drama, Comedy
Millennium Entertainment | R – 107 min. – $24.99 | March 3, 2015

MOVIE INFO:
Directed by:
Barry Levinson
Writer(s): Buck Henry and Michal Zebede (screenplay)
Cast:
Al Pacino, Greta Gerwig, Nina Arianda, Dylan Baker, Charles Grodin, Dan Hedaya, Billy Porter, Kyra Sedgwick, Dianne Wiest

DISC INFO:
Features:
Featurette
Digital Copy: No
Number of Discs: 1

Audio: English (Dolby TrueHD 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.39
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Disc Size: NA
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A


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THE MOVIE

The Humbling tells the story of aging, suicidal stage actor Simon Axler (AL PACINO) and his struggles to find passion for life again. Near his breaking point, he finds motivation in the form of a young and lustful lesbian, Pegeen Stapleford (GRETA GERWIG), who has had a crush on Simon since childhood. As their relationship heats up, Simon has a hard time keeping up with the youthful and exuberant Pegeen. He feels more alive than ever before but with many disapproving people protesting their relationship, Simon must decide where his true passion lies.

SPECIAL FEATURES – 1.0/5

The only feature is a Making-of Featurette (3:43; HD).


VIDEO – 4.25/5

Millennium Entertainment releases The Humbling onto Blu-ray presented with a 2.39 widescreen aspect ratio and a 1080p high-definition transfer. The picture itself looks, for the most part, quite good. Colors range from drab in the darkly lit scenes to bright and cheerful in others. Black levels are decent but I did notice some crushing in a few scenes which shows off some artifacting in the process. Still details are well defined and outside of the artifacts, it appears to be a clean enough transfer.

AUDIO – 4.0/5

The Dolby TrueHD 5.1 track provides for excellent dialogue levels throughout but that’s about the extent of it. It is a limited lossless track where the bulk of the audio is either dialogue or the music/score. Nothing phenomenal yet it more than gets the job done all things considered.



OVERALL – 2.75/5

Overall, The Humbling is a quiet and oft dull drama but Al Pacino and Greta Gerwig both give solid performances so for fans of either, with a couple good scenes, it might be worth a rental but nothing more. The Blu-ray released by Millennium Entertainment provides for good video and audio transfers but a throwaway making-of featurette.

 

Published: 03/10/2015

 

 

 

 

 

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