Equus is an intense and powerful drama featuring amazing performances, both of whom nominated for an Academy Award, from Richard Burton and Peter Firth. It’s not a movie for everybody but I found it to be disturbing yet engrossing through and through.
Twilight Time | R – 137 min. – $29.95 | March 11, 2014
Plot Outline: Equus is director Sidney Lumet’s adaptation of Peter Shaffer’s award-winning hit play about a psychiatrist (RICHARD BURTON) attempting to help a damaged boy (PETER FIRTH) who as committed an unspeakable crime: blinding several horses with a spear. Before long, the melancholy therapist can’t help feeling that the disturbed young man has a stronger grasp on the passionate intensity of life than he does, himself.
SPECIAL FEATURES – 3.0/5
The release includes an informative and generally entertaining Audio Commentary with Film Historians Julie Kirgo and Nick Redman; an Isolated Score Track and the Theatrical Trailer (2:00; HD).
Also included is In From the Cold: The World of Richard Burton (2:06:00; HD), a 1988 documentary on Burton that is very well made and given an HD transfer, for what that’s worth, and an DTS-HD MA track.
VIDEO – 4.5/5
Twilight Time releases Equus onto Blu-ray presented with a 1.85 widescreen aspect ratio and a splendid 1080p high-definition transfer. The picture is nothing short of remarkable with excellent detail levels throughout, a modest amount of natural film grain and bright colors which come through vibrantly and with a blast.
AUDIO – 3.75/5
The Mono DTS-HD Master Audio track may not be anything remarkable but it gets the job done with clear dialogue while other elements from the soundtrack and other on-screen action coming across with some decent depth for a singular channel.
OVERALL – 4.0/5
Overall, Equus is an intense and powerful drama featuring amazing performances, both of whom nominated for an Academy Award, from Richard Burton and Peter Firth. It’s not a movie for everybody but I found it to be disturbing yet engrossing through and through. The Blu-ray released by Twilight Time has good audio and video transfers while the special features, albeit limited, are well worth it especially the 2-hour documentary.