"THE SOLOIST" DVD Review & Giveaway

By Shannon Gosney
In DVD Reviews
July 31, 2009

I recently had the opportunity to watch a great movie called “The Soloist,” starring Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx. Both did an awesome job in this movie and I definitely recommend it to you to watch when it comes out. “The Soloist” will be released on DVD and Blu-ray on Tuesday, August 4th, 2009 by Paramount Home Entertainment.

“The Soloist” is an inspirational true story based on the best-selling book by Los Angeles Times journalist Steve Lopez. It’s a moving and emotional story about the power of friendship and how it transforms people. Steve Lopez (Robert Downey Jr.) is a Los Angeles Times journalist who discovers Nathaniel Anthony Ayers (Jamie Foxx), a former classical music prodigy now living on the streets of Los Angeles. He first sees Ayers playing his violin on the street and as time goes by, Lopez tries to help Ayers find his way back to music. They develop a bond that is powerful and inspiring! In my opinion, this is a must-see movie!

THE SOLOIST DVD and Blu-ray presentations include commentary by director Joe Wright (Atonement, Pride & Prejudice), “An Unlikely Friendship: Making The Soloist”, “Kindness, Courtesy and Respect: Mr. Ayers + Mr. Lopez”, “One Size Does Not Fit All: Addressing Homelessness in Los Angeles” and deleted scenes. The Blu-ray also includes a piece titled “Juilliard: The Education of Nathaniel Ayers”.

THE SOLOIST DVD is presented in widescreen enhanced for 16:9 TVs with Dolby Digital English 5.1 Surround, French 5.1 Surround and Spanish 5.1 Surround and English, French and Spanish subtitles. The Blu-ray disc is presented in 1080p high definition with English 5.1 TrueHD, French 5.1 Dolby Digital and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital and English, English SDH, French and Spanish subtitles. The discs include the following special features in high definition on the Blu-ray as noted:

• An Unlikely Friendship: Making The Soloist (HD)
• Deleted Scenes
• Kindness, Courtesy and Respect: Mr. Ayers + Mr. Lopez (HD)
• One Size Does Not Fit All: Addressing Homelessness in Los Angeles (HD)
• Beth’s Story
• Commentary by director Joe Wright
• Theatrical Trailer (HD)—Blu-ray only
• Juilliard: The Education of Nathaniel Ayers (HD)—Blu-ray only

Street Date: August 4, 2009
Pricing: $19.99 U.S./$21.99 Canada (DVD)
$29.99 U.S./$32.99 Canada (Blu-ray)
Runtime: 116 minutes
U.S. Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements, some drug use and language
Canadian Rating: PG for coarse language and disturbing content

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of RedheadMom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

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