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Nebraska gained a large amount of hype during its initial theatrical run, it's a film I missed out on seeing. I think because it got caught up in a swarm of movies and I just did not find the time to see it. I'm very disappointed that I missed it. Shot in black and white, Nebraska has a very simple story; but is also very complex. Woody is an elderly man with a nagging wife, one day he opens his mailbox to read a letter that he has won a million dollars. His son David works at an electronics store which appears to be dead end and currently has broken up with his girlfriend. Woody is always found walking the highway trying to get to Lincoln to claim his bogus million dollars.
His son agrees to support his father and let him live out his fantasy for a few days. They head in a car down to Lincoln but get caught up in various situations, one having Woody and up in hospital. The films cinematography is beautifully shot with the countryside of america brought out through it's landscapes and wide shots. Due to Woody accidentally hitting his head, doctors advise that Woody should be settled down so his son decides to take him to his brothers house at hawthorn (no not Melbourne). Upon arrival we meet his brother and Davids cousins where we are brought into this world where Woody once loved. This is when the film shines with the offbeat characters in this town with their back stories. We see what was once in the past and how time has changed people, unfortunately word spreads that Woody has won a million dollars.
The townspeople become jealous and start asking him for some money, from here it becomes an incredibly strong family drama. There are very funny moments, including a scene which involves the brothers stealing a generator.
Overall Nebraska reminded myself of a movie like 'about schmidt' a very down to earth story, that at times may leave you in tears.
Roadshow bring is a HD transfer on 1080p, presented in it's original aspect ratio of 2:35.1. The black levels are rich with a great contrast, nothing looks fuzzy and details remain clear. Even with night scenes there is no signs of digital noise of grain. Great transfer.
the audio is fantastic, the films score comes of great.
We also get a making of behind the films production.