I’ll admit I’m a bit of fan of Christopher Nolan’s work having enjoyed all of films to date. With the release of his latest film Dunkirk out this week I thought I should re-evaluate his previous film Interstellar on Blu-ray of course. So without further ado here’s my Interstellar Blu-ray review.
- Interstellar Blu-ray Review (2014) Two Disc Version
- Running Time: 169 Mins
- UK Rating 12
- Discs: 2
- Released By Warner Home Video
- Blu-ray Released: 30th March 2015
So the plot in brief, mankind is suffering a food crisis a series of crop blights, with only corn so far unaffected. Joseph “Coop” Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) is a former NASA pilot turned farmer. He is widowed and runs the farm with the help of his father-in-law Donald, son Tom, and daughter Murphy.
Following a strange set of events taking place in a room in their house they discover the location of a secret NASA facility. It turns out NASA is planning an audacious plan to save humanity and enlists Cooper’s help.
The plan is to travel through a wormhole and Interstellar space to find a suitable new home.
Written by Jonathan Nolan & Christopher Nolan.
Style / Direction
Directed by Christopher Nolan Interstellar is epic in scale, switching from two contrasting viewpoints, one in space and one back on Earth on the Coopers farm. This works rather well giving a true sense of drama and how the passing of time causes very different emotional and practical problems for both sets of people, those left at home and those on the mission.
As time passes slower for Cooper and his crew they know if they manage to return to Earth nothing will ever be the same again.
This dynamic is used incredibly well and helps to ramp up the tension and urgency both sets of people face.
Interstellar is not a short film coming in at 169 minutes, and uses the time to build and explore the relationships before setting off on its mission to save mankind. It may seem a little slow to begin with but this pays off later in the film when the reality of the mission is exposed.
Look wise it’s a very well made film, the cinematography of the farm and corn fields looks epic. Moving on into space and this all feels right as do the new worlds their visit.
All in all it’s an exceptionally we made film.
The cinematography is by Hoyte van Hoytema.
Music / Audio Effects
Hans Zimmer provides the score and he really delivers giving the right emotional tone the film requires. The main theme is played on a church organ it is simply fantastic.
Acting / Characters
It helps if you have a good cast and good news is we do indeed have the right mix.
This is very much Matthew McConaughey’s film as the film involves around his character and family. He plays the role well and keeps you invested enough when the film slows from time to time.
Add in another appearance from Michael Caine in a Christopher Nolan film. To be fair Nolan knows he is guaranteed a good performance from Caine and one that also elevates the overall quality of the film.
I’ll be honest I love seeing Michael Caine in Christopher Nolan’s films.
The rest of the cast all do pretty decent jobs with their given roles, such as John Lithgow as Cooper’s father-in-law and Mackenzie Foy as the young Murph Cooper. Jessica Chastain as the adult Murph is also very good continuing the emotional rollercoaster ride from her younger self.
Anne Hathaway as Dr. Amelia Brand is one the crew out there with Coop. She works quite well alongside Matthew McConaughey.
There are certainly no glaringly bad performances.
Conclusion – Interstellar Film Review
I thoroughly enjoyed Interstellar and have no problems recommending you watch it if you are yet to see it. If you like science fiction or have a liking to any of Christopher Nolan’s previous work I pretty sure you will enjoy this one.
In essense what you have is a tense emotional rollcoaster ride set in a sci-fi setting.
In short Interstellar is yet another classic from a truly terrific director.
Interstellar Blu-ray Review
Clearly the picture and sound are outstanding as it’s a brand new film but what else do you get when you purchase the Blu-ray version?
- The Science of Interstellar (50 mins)
- Plotting an Interstellar Journey (8 mins)
- Life on Cooper’s Farm (10 mins)
- The Dust (3 mins)
- Tars and Case (9 mins)
- The Cosmic Sounds of Interstellar (14 mins)
- The Space Suits (4 mins)
- The Endurance (9 mins)
- Shooting in Iceland (13 mins)
- The Ranger and the Lander (12 mins)
- Miniatures in Space (5 mins)
- The Simulation of Zero-G (6 mins)
- Celestial Landmarks (13 mins)
- Across All Dimension and Time (9 mins)
- Final Thoughts (6 mins)
Well it has its own special features disc for starters.
If you like knowing about the science behind the story of Interstellar then you are in for a treat. Personally I love this stuff so I’m more than happy with these extras.
Then you have the behind the scenes stuff with Christopher Nolan, his brother, Hans Zimmer and the rest of the cast and crew.
All of which I found very interesting especially the Han Zimmer part.
Overall the extras are excellent and well worth watching.
On to my movie rating for Interstellar (2014)
- Movie Rating: EXCELLENT / MUST SEE
- Blu-ray Picture: EXCELLENT
- Extras: EXCELLENT
Interstellar (2014) is available now on Blu-ray priced £6.95 from Amazon (as of date of review)
For those of you yet to see the film I’ll leave you with a little taster…
Clip may not be representative of the Blu-ray version
If you like my Interstellar Blu-ray Review you may want to check out these films:
- Blade Runner (1982)
- Island of Terror (1966)
- Lucy (2014)
- Night of The Big Heat (1967)
- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
- Zardoz (1973)
That’s my Interstellar Blu-ray Review, if you have any thoughts on this film leave them in the comment section below:
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Interstellar Blu-ray Review (2014)
Director(s): Christopher Nolan
Actor(s): Matthew McConaughey, Michael Caine, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, John Lithgow, Casey Affleck, Matt Damon
Genre: Sci-fi, Drama
- Movie Rating
- Blu-ray Rating
Interstellar is yet another classic from a terrific director.