Blu-ray Review: STRANGE BUT TRUE

STRANGE BUT TRUE is based on the acclaimed novel by John Searles. The movie was directed by Rowan Athale from a screenplay by Eric Garcia and stars Amy Ryan, Nick Robinson, Margaret Qualley, Mena Massoud, Blythe Danner, Brian Cox and Greg Kinnear in a riveting tale of a family facing an unlikely truth that unravels a web of lies and deception.Strange But True was produced by Fred Berger and Brian Kavanaugh-Jones.

A family is caught in a web of lies, fears, and suspense after the ex-girlfriend of their deceased son appears five years after his death—and tells them she is carrying his child.

Richard (Greg Kinnear) and Charlene Chase (Amy Ryan) are left broken after their son Ronnie (Connor Jessup) tragically dies. Some time passes by and all of a sudden Ronnie’s girlfriend Melissa Moody (Margaret Qualley) shows up pregnant and claims it has to be his because Ronnie was the only one she’d ever been with. Of course, Melissa is met with doubt by Ronnie’s family and rightfully so because it’s a story that’s hard to believe.

There’s also Bill (Brian Cox) and Gail Erwan (Blythe Danner), an older couple who ended up taking in Melissa because she didn’t have anyone else to turn to. What happens is, Ronnie’s younger brother Phillip (Nick Robinson) becomes friends with Melissa and tries to figure out how she’s pregnant even though he doesn’t believe his brother had anything to do with it. As movie plays out, this broken family slowly comes back together as the shocking truth finally reveals itself and the old wounds finally begin to heal.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, more artwork and list of special features. The Blu-ray disc features the movie logo. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Strange But True ended up being an entertaining suspense thriller about a family that goes through this heartbreaking tragedy and the mystery surrounding this pregnancy that can’t be explained. The thought-provoking story serves as the foundation for this character driven thriller that features an impressive cast that does a great job with their characters. The thing about this movie is we get flashbacks that slowly reveal what all happened that left this family broken and how this girl actually got pregnant. Nothing is completely revealed until the end so it keeps you guessing throughout the watch. Director Rowan Athale did a good job telling this story and bringing it to life on screen but the movie felt like something was missing. Maybe because of the slow burn? It’s a movie about loss, grief and the healing that eventually follows. Strange But True will be available on Blu-ray (plus Digital) on October 22nd.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 96 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition 16×9 Widescreen (2.39:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include a making of featurette that has interviews with some of the cast and crew.

  • Grounded in Reality: Making Strange But True (16:15)
  • Digtial Copy

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