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Operation Finale

Universal // PG-13 // December 4, 2018
List Price: $34.98 [Buy now and save at Amazon]

Review by Neil Lumbard | posted January 16, 2019 | E-mail the Author



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Operation Finale Blu-ray Review


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Finale
is a gripping drama-thriller executive produced by Ron
Schmidt (Foxcatcher, Letters to Juliet)
and Matt
Charman (Oasis). The film is based on an incredible
true
story. Directed by Chris Weitz (About a Boy), Operation
Finale
is an edge-of-your-seat historical thriller worth a
look
for anyone interested in intelligent films centered around WWII.


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true story follows Israeli special agent Peter Malkin (Oscar Isaac)
as he leads a mission to help bring down Nazi officer Adolph Eichmann
(Ben Kingsley), a high in command Nazi official who helped
orchestrate the holocaust (which led to the death of millions of
Jewish people during WWII). Malkin's team also includes the brilliant
Hanna Elian (Melanie Laurent) and other dedicated secret agents
determined to bring Eichmann to justice.


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Finale
has excellent production elements including gorgeous
cinematography by the great Javier Aguirresarobe (The Others,
The Sea Inside). The film's cinematography has a
style which
both preserves a filmic look while feeling more modern in approach.
The costumes designed by Connie Balduzzi (The Colony,
Focus)
are true to the aesthetic and feeling of the time-period.


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music score composed by the brilliant Alexandre Desplat (Isle
of
Dogs
, The Shape of Water, Moonrise
Kingdom
) is
terrific throughout. The film's score drifts between beautifully
melancholic pieces and exciting moments with gripping score cues
designed to fit the film's thriller aspects like a glove. Desplat
makes both the quiet and loud moments in the film pierce with
precision.


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by first time screenwriter Matthew Orton (who penned the upcoming
Battle of Britain), this effort is a gripping
dramatic-thriller with an important story to tell. Directed by Chris
Weitz (About a Boy, American Pie),
the film is a bit of
a departure from the filmmaker's previous projects and yet it
absolutely has the same kind of strong directorial style. The pacing
and rhythm of the filmmaking keeps the storytelling momentum going
and it all crescendos during the second half of Operation
Finale
with a quiet and compelling final scene. This is a genuinely
gripping true-story thriller.


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Finale
is an excellent film filled with terrific
performances by
the lead cast. Oscar Isaac and Ben Kingsley both deliver terrific
performances in their respective roles. Isaac (who also produced the
film) is particularly impressive with his role and he delves into
this story with true dedication to the story. Operation
Finale
is
a first-rate production which is worth seeing and exploring.


size="3">The Blu-ray:


size="3">Video:


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Finale
is presented on Blu-ray with a 1080p MPEG-4 AVC
encoded
high definition presentation. The film is presented in the original
1.85:1 widescreen theatrical aspect ratio. The film has a high
bit-rate encode which helps to make the presentation more effective
and impressive for the format. This is a strong presentation which
delivers with good clarity, depth, and color reproduction. It is also
free from issues such as banding or noticeable compression artifacts.
This is a superb transfer of the film which is just about as good as
the Blu-ray format can deliver.


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audio is presented in 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio surround sound. The
soundtrack has excellent use of the surround channels with the
implementation of the sound-field carrying impressive sound effects
during the action sequences. The score by composer Alexandre Desplat
also sounds terrific here with great clarity and depth. The bass
levels are superb and clean.


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subtitles are provided in English SDH (for the deaf and hard of
hearing), Spanish, and French.




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size="3">Please
Note:


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is a Blu-ray + DVD + Digital HD combo pack release. 
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Finale
 
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TV 4K.


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Commentary
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with Director Chris Weitz


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the Operation
(HD, 6 min.) is a brief behind-the-scenes
featurette about the production of the film, featuring interviews
with director Chris Weitz and the film's cast.


size="3">Final
Thoughts:


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Finale
is an intelligent, engaging dramatic thriller which
succeeds on it's own merits. The film has strong performances
(particularly from the always-excellent Oscar Isaac). The film has an
edge of your seat storytelling rhythm behind it which keeps the
overall experience engrossing and entertaining. The Blu-ray release
has excellent image-quality and is worth a look for anyone who enjoys
a well crafted thriller.


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Recommended.



Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema. He aspires to make movies and has written two screenplays on spec. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.

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