Feel good movies win Oscars even if they aren't able
to stand the test of time. "Rain Man" is one of those movies.
Directed by Barry Levinson the film allows Dustin Hoffman
to chew the scenery as someone with autism who can't do
much but he can play the tables in Vegas really well. Tom
Cruise plays Charlie Babbit a self involved individual who
rarely expresses any concern for anyone who isn't Charlie
Babbit. When he finds out his wealthy father has passed
away and that his mentally and socially impaired brother
Raymond (Hoffman) inherited the bulk of his father's wealth.
Don't get me wrong "Rain Man" isn't a bad movie it
just isn't as good as everyone claims it to be nor is it
what I would consider "Best Picture" worthy (or even "Best
Actor" worthy for Hoffman's showy performance). "Rain Man"
is an example of coldly calculating to create a film that
would possibly impress people on first viewing and pick
up awards by appealing to people with the right "sales"
message. If "Rain Man" was the best that 1988 had to offer
than it was a poor year for movies. "Rain Man" is well parodied
in "The Hangover" and that parody plays better than "Rain
Man" itself. ---
Image & Sound:
"Rain Man" quite obviously was pulled from an older
HD master; the film looks OK but there's plenty of digital
artifacts on display such as edge enhancement. Digital noise
reduction has been over used here as well resulting in the
loss of fine detail. The film looks better than the DVD
but it is far from what I would consider a text book example
of a top notch, demo quality Blu-ray. That will no doubt
disappoint fans of the film as well. ***
The audio is better. The lossless 5.1 mix sounds quite
nice and natural throughout with a great sounding aural