Mar 212020

The Song of Names is based upon the novel by Norman Lebrecht and stars Tim Roth, Clive Owen and Catherine McCormack arriving on Blu-ray and DVD on March 24th.



The Song of Names

Genre(s): Drama, Music
Sony | PG13 – 113 min. – $24.99 | March 24, 2020

Date Published: 03/21/2020 | Author: The Movieman

Directed by: François Girard
Writer(s): Norman Lebrecht (novel); Jeffrey Caine (screenplay)
Cast: Tim Roth, Clive Owen, Catherine McCormack, Saul Rubinek

Features: Featurettes, Theatrical Trailer
Slip Cover: No
Digital Copy: No
Formats Included: Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 1

Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.39
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 15.12 GB
Total Bitrate: 13.53 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.


A child, Martin, befriends Polish violin prodigy Dovidl whose parents leave him in his family’s care. The two boys become like brothers until the musician disappears. Thirty-five years later, he (TIM ROTH) gets his first clue as to what happened to his childhood best friend (CLIVE OWEN).



This release comes with three featurettes — Howard Shore: Composing & Scoring (2:31), Howard Shore & Ray Chen (3:23) and Behind The Song of Names (7:34) — along with the Theatrical Trailer (2:14).


VIDEO – 4.0/5

Sony Pictures releases The Song of Names onto Blu-ray, presented in its original 2.39 widescreen aspect ratio and given a 1080p high-definition transfer. Nothing phenomenal but detail is fairly sharp and nicely defined and colors are more on the softer or natural side of the spectrum in keeping with the timeline and subject matter.

AUDIO – 4.25/5

The included DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track is somewhat strong especially noticeable during the musical elements, while dialogue comes through with good clarity via the center channel. Otherwise, this is a standard lossless track with nothing really remarkable about it.

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