Light of My Life – Blu-ray Review

Light of My Life

Light of My Life is not a film that you expect it to be. When most post-apocalyptic films are a tense thriller like The Road, Light of My Life is more of a quiet character drama. The film is full of character moments about surviving the world while protecting a precious resource. In this world, a majority of the females are dead and gone. However, Rag is one of the last few females left in the world.

But the film is a slow burn type of film. There are a lot of establishing mood shots in the film that extend the length of the film. At the same time, the film doesn’t have one giant payoff at the end. It’s like one chapter in a bigger story. Thus, your ultimate enjoyment of a film depends on if you enjoy the journey of Dad and Rag.

Since the film revolves around Dad and Rag, one would think that you would have a deep investment in these characters. Unfortunately, you don’t attach yourselves to these characters as much as you think. Like their nomadic lifestyle, they don’t attach themselves to a particular place. The same goes for these characters. These characters are real and human but they’re also cold and distant. It’s a byproduct of the world that they live in.

Rag, at times, does annoy because of her inconsistent mood swings. Sometimes her mood swings make sense. You’re sympathetic because she wants to live her life and be a regular girl Other times, her annoyance with her father gets in the way of learning something important like when the dad is trying to give her instructions on how to get out of a sticky situation.

Overall, Light of My Life is a slow but engaging character drama. The film is a deep look into a journey of two people surviving in a post-apocalyptic world. The film may not be for everyone but it’s worth a watch.

Movie Rating: 3.5/5 atoms

Video

Light of My Life - Anna Pniowski and Casey Affleck
Light of My Life hits Blu-ray with a 1080p MPEG-AVC with a 1.35:1 aspect ratio. Because of the film’s medium-low contrast, the black levels are lighter than most Blu-ray releases. Instead, it’s a darker shade of gray instead of a deep black. On the other hand, the vivid brightness has no bloom whatsoever. The video also features rich natural-looking colors too. Lastly, the details are super clear since you can see all the tiny details of the vast open wilderness. Overall, the video looks great despite the dark gray dark areas.

Video Rating: 4/5 atoms

Audio

Light of My Life - Casey Affleck
Light of My Life hits Blu-ray with a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track. Since the film is mostly dialogue, there isn’t much in terms of dynamic sound effects or low-frequency effects. However, right from the opening scene, you can hear all of the distinct atmospheric sound effects. Things like the ambient forest noise fill up the soundstage. Not to mention, Daniel Hart’s score dynamically fills up the soundstage as well. But none of these things drown out the dialogue. You can hear it from the front center channel. Overall, the audio mix is great and immersive.

Audio Rating: 4.5/5 atoms

Special Features

Light of My Life - Anna Pniowski
Light of My Life doesn’t have any special features at all.

Special Features Rating: n/a


Overall, Light of My Life is a moody slow-burn film that will only appeal to a certain audience. Both the video and audio mix are fantastic but it’s a shame that there are no special features in this release.

Overall Rating: 4/5 atoms

This Blu-ray was reviewed using a retail/advance copy/unit provided by Paramount Home Entertainment.

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