Iíd never watched GREASE until an anniversary edition came out years ago and I got in the mail to review for this siteóI was pretty pissed. That said, it wasnít something I enjoyed per say, but I didnít hate it either. It was watchable. LES MIS just isnít fun. Itís hard to get into, the characters are all over the place, underdeveloped and hard to empathise with. For all you fans, donít get me wrong, mine is a laymanís view of this story. Iím not simple, I got the gist of it, it just doesnít make a hell of a lot of sense and the characters just werenít memorable (Anne Hathaway has a great voice, but her character isnít around long enough to care about her fate). I love Hugh Jackman and Russell Crowe, but damn if the inspector isnít being a touch hard on a brother for steeling some bread.
LES MISERABLES has a cult following, and these fans love the shit out of this story. Bottom line? This movie is for them. Only them. Anyone unfamiliar with it, or unsure about a film with no spoken dialogue (that isnít singing) will cringe many times throughout. The pacing is atrocious, especially for a flick creeping up on the three hour mark. The actual songs were well done considering it was all shot liveóI heard that many people complained while watching in theaters simply because this didnít transfer well to surround sound, but the Blu-Ray version is fine in that department. Again, nothing against these types of films or the droves of people who love them. This review is strictly the opinion of a guy who doesnít fit this flickís intended audience, and should be regarded as such.
Les Miserables: A Revolutionary Approach: This six part documentary is the meat of these special features clocking in at just over an hour. We get a deeper look at the sets, feedback from the cast, deets on how they reconstructed Paris and many a comparison to the book and play versions. One thing I couldnít help but notice is how much of a workout Hugh Jackman and company get while tugging on that rope in the water. Damn does that not look fun.
The Original Masterwork: Victor Hugoís Les Miserables: Much like is sounds, we get a quick look and comparison to Victor Hugoís original novel and the original score. Itís a cool piece if you know nothing about it and are interested.
Previews: Thereís a few trailers, some BD-LIVE content as well as a DVD, Digtial and Ultraviolet Copy of the film.