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Blu-ray Review: Lion

April 11, 2017

By John Corrado

Directed by Garth Brooks, Lion recounts the true story of Saroo Brierly’s journey to reconnect with his birth family after getting lost on the crowded streets of India.  The first half focuses on Saroo as a young boy (Sunny Pawar) who gets lost in Calcutta, and is adopted by an Australian couple (Nicole Kidman and David Wenham).  The second half follows Saroo as an adult (Dev Patel) using the internet to track down his birthplace.

Nominated for a total of six Oscars, including Best Picture as well as Best Supporting Actor and Best Supporting Actress for the powerful performances from Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman, Lion is a moving and ultimately uplifting drama that is carried by solid acting.  I really liked this one, and for more on the film itself, you can read my full review right here.

The Blu-ray also includes a trio of deleted scenes, as well as five worthwhile “behind the scenes” featurettes that individually focus on the real life Saroo Brierley, actors Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman, director Garth Davis, and finally the film’s Oscar-nominated score.  The lyric video for Sia’s end credits song “Never Give Up” is also included to round out the bonus features.

Lion is an eOne Home Entertainment release.  It’s 118 minutes and rated 14A.

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