The Shipping News
Kevin Spacey and Cate Blanchett star in the seething drama The Shipping News. Presented in 2.35:1 anamorphic widescreen, this transfer by Miramax is a solid effort filled with sharp colors and dark black levels. While the movie itself doesn't include many bursting colors (mostly muted whites and grays), overall, this is a very pleasing transfer with only a slight amount of edge enhancement present in the image. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround in English and French. This film is mainly a dialogue-driven drama, and as such, doesn't feature tons of directional effects or sounds. While a few effects do pop up in the rear speakers from time to time, overall this is subtle mix that sports no hiss or distortion. Also included on this disc are English and Spanish subtitles. The extra features available on The Shipping News include an informative and insightful commentary from director Lasse Hallstrom, screenwriter Robert Nelson Jacobs, and producers Linda Goldstein-Knowlton and Leslie Holleran. Also included is a short and rather boring featurette about the making of the film titled "Dive Beneath the Surface of The Shipping News," a few photo galleries from the film and its production ("Behind the Scenes," "Portraits," "Scenic Views"), and some sneak peeks at a batch of Miramax releases (though the trailer for The Shipping News is conspicuously missing).