Movie Review: The Girl On The Train Blu-ray Combo Pack


The Girl on the Train is based on USA TODAY’s 2015 Book of the Year and the #1 New York Times bestselling novel by Paula Hawkins. The movie was directed by Tate Taylor and stars Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Edgar Ramirez, Allison Janney, Laura Prepon and Lisa Kudrow.

Emily Blunt delivers a riveting performance as Rachel, a woman devastated by divorce, who spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day.  The mystery unfolds as she becomes increasingly un-hinged and serves as the unreliable sole witness to a tragic disappearance in Director Tate Taylor’s suspenseful film adaption that Entertainment Weekly has hailed “the darkest, sexiest, most daring thriller of the year.” 

The Girl on the Train is a suspense-filled character study that’s told through the perspective of three women. There’s Rachel Watson (Emily Blunt), a living, breathing tragedy who is drowning herself in alcohol because her private life has completely been destroyed. Let’s just say, she’s a complete mess and thinks she may have witnessed a murder. Rachel has a hard time trusting her own memory, but as the story plays out, she cleans herself up enough so that she can investigate and ultimately solve this mystery that’s hanging over her like a dark cloud. There’s Anna (Rebecca Ferguson) who is now married to Rachel’s ex and Rachel sort of stalks her throughout the movie. There’s also Megan (Haley Bennett), the beautiful young woman who ends up missing. To compliment these three women are three men. There’s Tom (Justin Theroux), Rachel’s “nice guy” ex who has a much dark side to him. He’s a likable guy in the beginning, but once you get to know him, wow what a loser. There’s also Scott (Luke Evans), the hot head neighbor who is married to Megan. This guy definitely has some anger issues, but once everything is revealed, you kind of understand why. Finally, there’s Dr. Kamal Abdic (Édgar Ramírez), a therapist who gets thrown into the mix and forced right in the middle of this mystery.

Okay, I know some “critics” didn’t care too much for this thriller that plays out more like a whodunnit murder mystery, and personally, I really enjoyed it. It’s been called a slowburn, but it wasn’t that slow of a watch to me. The story is entertaining and these characters are just so interesting. Emily Blunt’s character is a woman you care for and even feel sorry for because she’s literally been abused and treated like a dog. Watching this character pull herself together just enough to put the pieces of this mysterious puzzle together is what drives the movie. She’s the center piece that’s complimented nicely by the other five players that all end up being connected to her in some way. The movie deals with touchy subjects like alcoholism and domestic abuse as well as psychological disorders and even murder.

The packaging comes with a slipcover. The front features the artwork you see up top and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Both discs are plain and don’t include any artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, The Girl on the Train ended up being one of the best thrillers to come along in a while. The entire journey is a suspense-filled character study that slowly unravels until all is revealed. I thought the story was great and the viewer is really kept in suspense until the final act. I also thought Tate Taylor did an outstanding job telling this thought-provoking story and bringing it all to life. Now we move to the talented cast who did an amazing job with their characters and each one had a key part to this dark story. There are some great performances in this thriller, but Emily Blunt stole the show. The movie deservingly has a place with classic thrillers like Rear Window and Strangers on a Train beacause it’s just that good of a watch. The Girl on the Train arrives on Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD Combo Pack releases on January 17th and is definitely worth checking out.

Distributor: Universal Pictures Home Entertainment

Run Time: 112 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 and DTS-X / French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

DVD Video: Widescreen (1.85:1)

DVD Audio: English, French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH, French and Spanish

Special Features: This home video release includes a total of fourteen never-before-seen deleted and extended scenes and exclusive bonus features allowing audiences to go behind the scenes with the cast for the ultimate in-home movie experience.

  • Deleted and Extended Scenes  (17:38)
  • The Women Behind The Girl : Author Paula Hawkins and screenwriter Erin Cressida Wilson discuss their thoughts on writing the novel, the adaptation process and the importance of maintaining character integrity. Director Tate Taylor discusses working with these two incredible writers to make sure his vision for the film was represented in the script. (05:04)
  • On Board The Train:  A behind-the-scenes look at the strong ensemble cast of The Girl on the Train. Director Tate Taylor and Producer Mark Platt discuss the specific nuances associated with each of the cast members’ performances and Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Allison Janney, Laura Prepon, Lisa Kudrow, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans and Edgar Ramirez take fans through the process of creating their incredible characters. (11:25)
  • Feature Commentary with Director Tate Taylor
  • Digital HD Copy



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