Blu-ray: Highly Recommended
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Release Date: March 12th, 2019
Movie Release Year: 2018
MPAA Rating: Parental Guidance Suggested
Release Country: United States
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Green Book

Review Date February 26th, 2019 by
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The winner of this year's Academy Award for Best Picture, Green Book is a rousing bit of movie entertainment that features two wonderful performances by its leads. This Blu-ray release of the film features a well-rendered transfer along with a solid Dolby Atmos track. Although the extras are somewhat lacking, this one is still Highly Recommended. (We have also reviewed the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.)

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Highly Recommended
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  • TECH SPECS & RELEASE DETAILS
    Technical Specs: 50GB Blu-ray/DVD/Digital
    Video Resolution/Codec: 1080p/AVC MPEG-4
    Length:130
    Release Country:United States
    Aspect Ratio(s):2.00:1
    English Descriptive Audio: English Dolby Atmos
    French DTS Digital Surround 5.1
    English 2.0 Descriptive Video Service
    Subtitles/Captions: English SDH, French, and Spanish
    Special Features:
    Virtuoso Performances – Go behind the scenes with Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali as they discuss their characters and the lengths they went to accurately portray them.

    An Unforgettable Friendship – Cast and filmmakers discuss the friendship between Don Shirley and Tony Lip.

    Going Beyond the Green Book – Filmmakers and cast discuss the significance of The Green Book.
    Movie Studio: Universal Studios
    Release Date: March 12th, 2019

Story Review Storyline: Our Reviewer's Take

5 Stars out of 5

Really well made and entertaining, Green Book was at the top of my personal list as the best movie of 2018. Featuring two powerful performances from Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen, the film is many ways an old fashioned road movie about two very different people learning to understand one another during a time when it was very hard for two such people to make a connection.

You can read our full thoughts about Green Book in our 4K UltraHD review of the movie HERE.

Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray

Green Book drives onto Blu-ray inside a standard Elite keepcase, which houses the 50GB disc, a dual-layer DVD, an insert containing a code for a digital copy of the movie. A slipcover matching the artwork of the keepcase slick slides overtop. The Blu-ray is front-loaded with skippable trailers for On the Basis of Sex, The Bookshop, Boy Erased, A Private War, and Backdraft 2. The main menu features the same still image as the box cover, with menu selections vertically down the left side of the screen in the typical Universal Blu-ray menu style.

The Blu-ray is region-free.

  • TECH SPECS & RELEASE DETAILS
    Technical Specs:
    50GB Blu-ray/DVD/Digital
    Video Resolution/Codec:
    1080p/AVC MPEG-4
    Length:130
    Release Country:United States
    Aspect Ratio(s):
    2.00:1
    Audio Formats:
    English Dolby Atmos
    French DTS Digital Surround 5.1
    English 2.0 Descriptive Video Service
    Subtitles/Captions:
    English SDH, French, and Spanish
    Special Features:

    Virtuoso Performances – Go behind the scenes with Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali as they discuss their characters and the lengths they went to accurately portray them.

    An Unforgettable Friendship – Cast and filmmakers discuss the friendship between Don Shirley and Tony Lip.

    Going Beyond the Green Book – Filmmakers and cast discuss the significance of The Green Book.
    Movie Studio: Universal Studios
    Release Date: March 12th, 2019

Video Review

4.5 Stars out of 5

The filmmakers used ARRIRAW digital cameras to Green Book, which is presented on Blu-ray in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.00:1. The overall quality of the transfer is strong, with colors that pop (although sometimes a bit muted, although my guess is that was a cinematography choice to give the movie a more "historical" feel), fine details, and realistic skin tones. About the only problem I saw here was a mild bit of noise that creeped into darker/nighttime sequences, but that seems to be par for the course for almost any title shot on Arri equipment (and, indeed, may very well be present in the source rather than some flaw with the transfer). I didn't pick up on any banding, aliasing or other problematic glitches in the presentation. Overall, a really good looking image from the folks at Universal that viewers/buyers of this release should be pleased with.

Audio Review

4.5 Stars out of 5

Both the Blu-ray and 4K UltraHD of Green Book feature the same audio options, lead by a strong Dolby Atmos mix that isn't going to be anyone's demo track, but is done with the distinction and dynamic range that only hemispherical surround mixes can provide. You can read more about this mix in our 4K UltraHD review of the movie HERE.

Special Features

0.5 Stars out of 5
  • Virtuoso Performances (HD 4:36) – A look at the two lead characters in the movie, with comments from the actors who play them, Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali. Also included are comments from the movie's director/co-writer/producer, Peter Farrelly, as well as other members of the cast and crew.
  • An Unforgettable Friendship (HD 5:09) –Once again, we get members of the cast and crew (including the two leads and the director) discussing the bond between the two main characters in the film.
  • Going Beyond the Green Book (HD 4:20) – Members of the cast and crew talk about what the "Green Book" was and how it was used back in the days where racial segregation was still going on, particularly in the Deep South.

Final Thoughts

I feel safe in saying that for good or for ill, Green Book is a movie we'll still be talking about 10 years from now. For some, it will be that the movie wasn't "important" enough to win the Best Picture Oscar; for others, like myself, it will be remembered as the first time in years the Academy has given its award to such a mainstream "crowd pleaser." As far as this Blu-ray is concerned, the solid transfer and Dolby Atmos track provide a home video rendering of this movie that both the creators and the home viewers should be quite satisfied with. Highly Recommended.

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  • TECH SPECS & RELEASE DETAILS
    Technical Specs:
    50GB Blu-ray/DVD/Digital
    Video Resolution/Codec:
    1080p/AVC MPEG-4
    Length:130
    Release Country:United States
    Aspect Ratio(s):
    2.00:1
    Audio Formats:
    English Dolby Atmos
    French DTS Digital Surround 5.1
    English 2.0 Descriptive Video Service
    Subtitles/Captions:
    English SDH, French, and Spanish
    Special Features:

    Virtuoso Performances – Go behind the scenes with Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali as they discuss their characters and the lengths they went to accurately portray them.

    An Unforgettable Friendship – Cast and filmmakers discuss the friendship between Don Shirley and Tony Lip.

    Going Beyond the Green Book – Filmmakers and cast discuss the significance of The Green Book.
    Movie Studio: Universal Studios
    Release Date: March 12th, 2019