“Light Between Oceans” Blu-Ray Review

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I didn’t get the opportunity to watch “Light Between Oceans” in the theater, so I was very happy to get the DVD to review. This film is a beautifully shot period piece based on the novel of the same name by M.L. Stedman.

It tells the story of a young couple Tom Sherbourne (played by Michael Fassbender) and Isabel Graysmark (Alicia Vikander), very much in love that live on a remote island off the Australian coast manning a lighthouse. After years of tragic miscarriages they find a baby in a boat and decide to raise it as their own. Do they live with the guilt when they come across the baby’s actual mother (played by Rachel Weisz), or do what is right? This is a story about love, of consequence, truth and the extremes a person goes through for love and family. It’s sad and beautiful, much like life.

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The Blu-Ray comes with a few bonus features.

Bringing the Light to Life:
This is a featurette about the story itself and the making of the film. It was shot on a remote island (much like it’s shown in the film) off of the New Zealand coast. The crew and cast living there on the set, living off the land and even cooking their meals in the kitchen on the house they shot in. It was a really interesting look at the decisions that went into the making of the film by both the director and the actors.

The Lighthouse Keeper:
What I learned in this short was this was filmed in a real historical lighthouse. The island is called Cape Campbell and it’s loaded with history.

There is also an audio commentary that comes with the Blu-Ray.

I’m not usually a big fan of love stories, but this one drew me in. The actors are unbelievably good and the direction is not overt – the story just plays itself and it’s lovely. If you enjoy a good love story I recommend “Light Between Oceans”, it will be a must to have in your collection.The Digital HD, Blu-ray™, DVD and On-Demand will be available on January 24th.


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