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Rain Man (4K UHD Blu-ray) review

Rain Man (4K UHD Blu-ray) review
« on: June 09, 2023, 03:09:06 PM »

Studio: MVD Entertainment
Release Date: June 13, 2023
 Rating: R
 Film:  5/5
 Rain Man stars Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise as estranged brothers on a road trip unlike any other across America. Charlie Babbitt (Cruise) has been given the news that his recently deceased father has left his entire fortune to his autistic brother Raymond (Hoffman), who he did not know existed. In a crass bid to grab some, if not all of the inheritance, Charlie abducts Raymond and what begins as a money-making scheme for Charlie turns into a journey of discovery between brothers who are worlds apart. 
My Thoughts
The last time I watched this was when it came out on Blu-ray many years ago so when I saw it was being released on UHD, I knew it was something I’d have to see on the newest format. It’s a different take on the buddy film / road trip genre and how two brothers come together and form a relationship. Even though the film was made in 1988, it plays just as well today as it did back then. The chemistry between Cruise and Hoffman is excellent and the writing is phenomenal. In fact, it’s a film I quote to this day multiple times a year when I comment about my own driving skills! It’s easy to see how it received eight Oscar nominations and ended up winning for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Original Screenplay, and Best Actor. Frankly, I think Cruise should have won an award as well—I think he’s very underrated as an actor.
The presentation is an upgrade over the Blu-ray and looks pretty impressive on UHD. There are a few scenes hear and there that look a tad soft, but that’s mainly due to the way the film was shot at the time. The audio track is decent, but mostly front loaded.
Video 9/10 (AVC)
 Audio 8/10 (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
 Special Features: 
  • UHD + Blu-ray
  • Legacy Supplements


 There aren’t many films that I’ve watched in my life that I can see over and over and not get bored with. This is one of them though—it has all the elements of a great film. The script is perfect and the casting couldn’t have been better. It’s a timeless classic that receives a worthy 4K upgrade. Highly recommended.   

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Re: Rain Man (4K UHD Blu-ray) review
« Reply #1 on: June 09, 2023, 06:08:50 PM »
I have not seen this movie in forever - I might need to pick this up. Thanks David!
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Re: Rain Man (4K UHD Blu-ray) review
« Reply #2 on: June 09, 2023, 08:45:31 PM »
I have not seen this movie in forever - I might need to pick this up. Thanks David!
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Re: Rain Man (4K UHD Blu-ray) review
« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2023, 07:15:12 AM »
One of the best films ever. So dang good
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