Sunshine Cleaning, Blu-ray (2008)

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Sunshine Cleaning, Blu-ray (2008)

Starring: Amy Adams, Emily Blunt, Jason Spevack, Steve Zahn, Alan Arkin
Directed by: Christine Jeffs
Studio: Anchor Bay Entertainment
Video: 2.40:1 anamorphic/enhanced for 16:9; 1080p HD
Audio: English Dolby True HD 5.1 Surround, Spanish Dolby 2.0 Surround
Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish
Extras: Audio commentary track with writer Megan Holley and producer Glenn Williamson; “A Fresh Look at a Dirty Business” featurette; theatrical trailer; trailers for “Paper Heart”, “Last Chance Harvey”, “Crash”, “Henry Poole is Here”, “The Visitor” and “Sleepwalking”; BD-Live
Length: 91 minutes
Movie: ***1/2      Video Quality: ***1/2      Audio Quality: ***1/2

Rose Lorkowski (Amy Adams) is a single mom who wants to get her son Oscar (Jason Spevack) into a private school for his specialized needs.  Since her current income as a maid precludes her from incurring that type of educational expense, Rose convinces her sister Norah (Emily Blunt) to join her in starting a crime scene cleanup business.  The two women improvise their way through the initial jobs and begin climbing the ranks of the profession.  Despite finding themselves in the midst of some very dirty and disturbing work, Rose and Norah discover a new respect for each other and grow stronger as a family. 
“Sunshine Cleaning” shares ties with “Little Miss Sunshine”, another successful and quirky independent film.  In addition to the obvious ‘Sunshine’ title reference, the films were produced by Glenn Williamson, and Alan Arkin has a memorable supporting role in both movies.  In “Sunshine Cleaning”, Arkin’s portrayal as an inept salesman provides much of the film’s humor.  Amy Adams, who previously starred in “Enchanted” and “Doubt”, delivers yet another fine acting performance.  While not as funny as “Little Miss Sunshine”, I nonetheless enjoyed this film as it has relatable themes and heartfelt emotion. Recommended. 
The high definition video quality of “Sunshine Cleaning” is above-average for an independent film.  Images are crisp with nice detail.  Black levels are consistently deep throughout the film.  Colors are accurate, and at times vibrant, with well-saturated hues.  While stylized film grain is present throughout the movie, picture defect mastering is solid with no major flaws or compression artifacts.  The overall audio quality is also above-average on the English Dolby 5.1 surround track.  The soundtrack predominantly favors the forward soundstage.  Dialogue is intelligible and securely anchored in the center channel.  The surround channels are selectively utilized for the sound effects and music score.  The low frequency effects channel sees limited action but has some kick when engaged.

– Calvin Harding Jr.

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