Thelma & Louise: 20th Anniversary Blu-ray
by Jef Burnham
Now available from MGM Home Entertainment.
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Certain aspects of Ridley Scott’s Thelma & Louise may not hold up 20 years after its initial release, but MGM has made the film available to viewers once more with this beautiful HD transfer. This Blu-ray is one that fans of the film will definitely want to own, despite the insultingly poor quality of the disc’s special features.
Having not seen Thelma & Louise in some years, I was surprised just how much two decades has dated the film’s soundtrack. Moreover, there are numerous pointless visual flourishes in the film, such as a random tracking shot from the window of a crop duster and copious amounts of pouring rain in broad daylight, that are indicative of the aesthetic of early-90’s action flicks and will likely result in no small amount of head-scratching. That being said, the core of the film, being the relationship between the titular characters and their flight from the law, makes for an incredibly powerful picture. The final images, sappy and sentimental as they may be, still illicit a tear.
In regard to the special features, MGM has failed to provide anything in the way of new features for this release. Now, this would not be a problem if the majority of the existing features (listed below) weren’t poorly transferred from the previous DVD release in non-anamorphic format. As such, the features are in a generally sorry state to begin with and look worlds worse when you compensate for the non-anamorphic format by zooming in. Frankly, this should not ever be a problem on Blu-ray releases. It would have been better if they had not included any features at all rather than insulting us with these non-anamorphic transfers.
Special Features include:
Jef Burnham is a writer and educator living in Chicago, Illinois. While waging war on mankind from a glass booth in the parking lot of a grocery store, Jef managed to earn a degree in Film & Video from Columbia College Chicago, and is now the Editor-in-Chief of FilmMonthly.com.
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