The world is coming to an end and we’re breathing more dust than air. Time to ship out.

That’s the basic premise of this sweeping sci-fi drama/thriller and no one but Christopher Nolan could pull it off in a more realistic manner. Cooper (Matthew McConaughey) is less of a farmer and more of a retired NASA pilot with bigger visions about this world. Obviously the clever scriptwriting by the Nolan brothers sets him up to be lured into the secret NASA mission control where he meets Professor Brand (Michael Caine) and his daughter (Anne Hathaway) who will be accompanying on his mission to find another inhabitable planet in our galaxy.

backed by sound science

The film’s grip on scientific facts seems tenacious and haters will hate but its attempt to simplify complex theories are noble and work to elevate this into an utterly believable story, helped immensely by the the emotional angle of Cooper’s young daughter waiting for her fathers return. This journey could take anything from a couple of hours in space time or a few decades in earth time and has a profound effect on how you perceive the events in the movie. 

The 2-disc edition explains the scientific research was fronted by scientist Kip Thorne from Cal Tech and how he measured relative sizes of wormholes if they were to be within earth’s reach.

good ol' 35mm

A 14-featurette documentary covers everything from Nolan’s obsession with shooting in real (Iceland) locations with semi-working spaceships and props. It provides a stunning insight into the film-making process and ultimately, it does deepen your appreciation for the film and its crew. Another of Nolan’s quirks is to shoot on 35mm film as opposed to digital capture and this translates into a cinematic looking transfer even on this Blu-ray edition. You do notice grain but it never detracts from the enjoyment of celluloid. Blacks are inky deep and close-ups of the actors face look as gritty as decades of space-stay can make them. 

sensational sound

The audio mix is a DTS-HD Master 5.1 and it delivers wallops of low-end energy along with sufficient surround involvement. Hans Zimmer’s score is memorable and it tends to overpower some of the on-screen goings on but that is intentional to pull the viewer into the scene. Your home-theatre system will ultimately decide if this works for you or not but it does demand a multichannel configuration over a sounder definitely. 

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Interstellar Blu-ray review

With so much content, emotional and scientific, Interstellar on Blu-ray is a no-brainer for your collection. I can’t think of a recent movie with such impact across age groups. A must-buy!