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Rain Man - Blu-ray / drama DVD / Academy Award winning DVD review
RAIN MAN Rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America curledupdvd.com rating: 4 1/2 stars
Featuring: Dustin Hoffman, Tom Cruise, Valeria Golino, Jerry Molen, Jack Murdoch, Bonnie Hunt
Director: Barry Levinson Studio: MGM Video & DVD
DVD release: 15 Feburary 2011 Runtime: 134 min. (1 disc)
Format: Color, Subtitled, Widescreen, Blu-ray
DVD features: 1080p HD, Aspect ratio 1.85:1, Audio tracks (DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 - English; DTS 5.1 - French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish, Czech, Polish; Dolby Digital 2.0 - Hungarian, Japanese, Portugese, Spanish), Subtitles (English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, German, Italian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hebrew, Hungarian, Indonesian, Korean, Mandarin [Simplified], Mandarin [Traditional], Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Slovenian, Swedish, Thai, Turkish), Audio commentaries (dir. Barry Levinson / writer Barry Morrow / writer Ronald Bass), "The Journey of Rain Man" - A Retrospective Documentary, "Lifting the Fog: A Look at the Mysteries of Autism," Deleted scenes, Original theatrical trailer

*Rain Man* on Blu-rayRain Man is less about the story of someone with autism and more about the growing relationship between two brothers as they embark on a cross-country drive.

The feel-good plot centers on the evolution of Charlie Babbitt (Tom Cruise) from a self-centered, struggling businessman to the loving, caring brother of Raymond Babbitt (Dustin Hoffman), an autistic savant whose existence was unknown to Charlie prior to their father's death.

While Rain Man offers a glimpse into the life of an autistic savant, it doesn't do so through the use of facts and figures. Instead, the movie piques the viewer's interest about the condition through moments of conflict between the two brothers.

This is perhaps Hoffman's greatest performance, and Cruise pushes the scenes through as the right choice for supporting actor. Rain Man deservingly received four Academy Awards for Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Directing and Best Original Screenplay.

While the move itself is an instant classic, the Blu-ray special features are disappointing. The two featurettes included on the disc are the most interesting but tend to be repetitive in their interviews. The single deleted scene is the most disappointing special feature and leaves you wanting more. Also included are the original theatrical trailer and the usual audio commentaries, from director Barry Levinson, writer Barry Morrow and writes Ronald Bass.

If you haven't seen this movie, it is a definite watch. Nothing has been lost with the passage of time, so even if you have seen it, you will enjoy experiencing it again.
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reviewed by Troy Hartman
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