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“My Sister’s Keeper” (Blu-Ray)
Reviewer:
Wayne Klein
Studio: Warner Home Video
Genre:
Drama
Release Date:
11/17/09
Special Features:

15 minutes of deleted scenes, “From Picoult to Screen” featurette, digital copy for portable devices ---

Review:

Most people have children because they want to share their love with someone else. In the case of “My Sister’s Keeper” the parents (Cameron Diaz and Jason Patric) see their youngest daughter Kate develop leukemia. Their only hope is to have another child Anna (Abigail Breslin) that they can use to save Kate. Anna decides she wants to be emancipated and not be “used” to save her sister’s life. She contacts a lawyer (Alec Baldwin)to legally free her from her parents. ***

Based on the novel by Jodi Picoult, the film version of “My Sister’s Keeper” changes some of the dynamic soften much of the original story to make it more palatable for a mainstream audience. Some of the changes to the film work while others damage much of the dramatic tension in the original story. “My Sister’s Keeper” still works quite well with the alterations but the simplified, streamlined narrative and conflicts doesn’t do the story any favors. ---

Image & Sound:

“My Sister’s Keeper” receives a sharp transfer. The colors are subdued closely capturing the original theatrical presentation of the film. Skin tones and textures look quite nice throughout. ***

Audio sounds extremely good with a nice lossless presentation. ---

Special Features:

We get 15 minutes of additional scenes that were cut for the movie as an added bonus here. “From Picoult to Screen” takes us on a journey with author Jodi Picoult allowing us to see how she comes up with the ideas for her novels and realizes them. We also get an idea as to what inspired “My Sister’s Keeper” and the change from novel to film that occurred. ***

We also get a digital copy (pretty meaningless term considering Blu-ray is ALSO a digital copy of a film) of the film designed to play exclusively on computer, iTunes and/or personal portable device.

Final Words:

"My Sister's Keeper" still manages to be entertaining and asks a number of difficult to answer questions about the morality of what the main characters do in the film. Altering some of the relationships in the film though does undermine the dramatic tension of the film; yes, it makes the characters more appealing but it also robs some of the drama of its power.

 

 
 
 
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