‘Another Earth’ Blu-ray Review
20th Century Fox is releasing the Sundance Film Festival hit, Another Earth, on Blu-ray. Another Earth is the little movie, filmed on miniscule resources, that blew audiences, including myself, away. Starring William Mapother, whom you may know from Lost, and Brit Marling, who both starred and co-wrote the movie, Another Earth explores the possiblity that a second earth could give you new possibilities and a new life.
I do not want to get into the plot too much, as it is quite simple and idea centric and it would ruin the movie if you knew too much. This happened to me, actually. I thought I was reading a spoiler-free synopsis before I watched it, but it turned out to be the entire movie. What I will tell you is that the plot surrounds two main characters, John Burroughs and Rhoda Williams. John Burroughs, much like his name, has burroughed himself in to a deep dark grief, barely venturing out. Rhoda is both the source of his grief and his relief from it. In the background of their trials is the looming second Earth, only recently discovered and still unknown. The movie explores the effect of that second planet on John and Rhoda’s paths.
Another Earth is truly a moving movie. I believe that the limited sets and actors, as well as the moody blueness in which the movie is shot, all contribute to the general feel and effectiveness of the film. Brit Marling is outstanding. In fact, I think I am kind of in love with her quiet and haunting portrayal of Rhoda. William Mapother is excellent as usual.
The Blu-ray set of Another Earth comes with 3 DVDs. There is the high definition Blu-Ray, the standard definition DVD, and a digital copy so that you can watch Another Earth from any portable device. The Blu-ray is brought to you in AVC @ 30 MBS, 50 GB Dual Layer, and English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, making for a pleasurable viewing experience.
The Blu-ray set also comes with extras including:
Music Video: “The First Time I Saw Jupiter” by Fall on Your Sword
The Science Behind Another Earth – discussion with the writers and a scientist about how science could make another earth possible. A couple of minutes long.
Creating Another Earth – how the movie was created on a miniscule budget and pulled together. Sadly, this extra was only a couple of minutes long.
Fox Movie Channel Presents Direct Effect with Mike Cahill (director and co-writer), William Mapother in Character as John Burroughs, and Brit Marling in Character as Rhoda Williams – three separate extras about four minutes long that have each person explore their character or role in the film.
Deleted Scenes – 7 in total, each only a couple of minutes long. My favorite that I would have loved to see included in the movie was “Jail Time.” I think it would have gone a long way to cement Rhoda’s isolation.
Another Earth stunned me. It was way better than I anticipated even after being told how good it was. I am one to lean more toward haunting films that make me feel and think about them long after. Another Earth fits that bill. I recommend that everyone get this DVD and check this movie gem out for themselves.