Milk tells the story of Harvey Milk, a gay activist who became the first openly gay person to ever get elected for a public office in the US.
Sound and Vision:
The image quality of this Blu-ray is a bit hard to determine. There’s plenty of original footage present and the director, Gus Van Sant, decided to keep the image in the same line. Therefore you’ll notice that there’s quite some grain present and also the level of detail is less than it could be. However, you shouldn’t be worried as it all helps the immersion when watching the movie. As such, the image quality is exactly as it should be and we didn’t spot any compression errors.
The sound is subtle but does its job. The surround speakers come into action for some music (the opera scene) and during the marches towards city hall but for the rest the focus is on the front channels for dialogue.
– Deleted Scenes
– Remembering Harvey
– Hollywood comes to San Francisco
– Marching for Equality
A couple of nice extras that fit well with the movie
Milk won 2 Oscars and not without reason. Sean Penn does an excellent job playing gay activist Harvey Milk and the resemblance he has with the gay is striking. At the end of the movie we get to see comparisons of the actors with the real people and this shows just how well the casting was done. The storyline is a piece of history but Van Sant manages to keep it interesting from the first minute up to the last second. The choice of going back and forth in time with Harvey recording a message about his possible murder is also well-made and delivers a good red line throughout the story that keeps the viewer attached to what’s going on.
But in the end we must say that it’s thanks to Sean Penn that this movie is what it is. His performance is absolutely excellent and you’ll really start feeling along with the guy. Hell, one would almost go gay! Terrific!