The Girl on the Train UltraHD Blu-ray Review
By Chris Heinonen on
Summary: The Girl on the Train is based on Paula Hawkins’ bestselling thriller that shocked the world. Rachel (Emily Blunt), devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day. Everything changes when she sees something shocking happen there, and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds.
Movie Review: Having not read the book, I can only assume things that happened were explained a bit better than they were in the film. I’m also going to put up a spoiler warning, since otherwise it’s too hard to discuss this film. The 30-40 minutes of the film really doesn’t really go anywhere, as it takes a long time to set everything up. Emily Blunt does a wonderful job of playing someone that has had their life ripped apart and become an alcoholic, with her performance making the film almost painful to watch.
Where the film falls apart is when she starts to see flashbacks of how things she thought to be real were really her ex-husband gaslighting her the whole time. The film doesn’t go into nearly enough detail explaining how she was gaslighted by him so much, as her heavy drinking didn’t really begin until after those incidents it seems. Perhaps the movie timeline is off and she was drinking then, but that wasn’t apparent from watching the movie. Without being able to understand how that happens, the rest of the movie falls apart. Emily Blunt does her best to save the film with her performance, but it can’t save the holes in the plot that come up.
Technical Review: The Girl on the Train is another film that was shot on 35mm and given a 2K transfer onto UltraHD Blu-ray. Most of the shots are clear and clean, but don’t have the amount of detail you could see with a 4K transfer or most 2K digital transfers. The packaging and notes don’t make any comment regarding wide color gamut, and if it is present it is very subtle. The overall palette of the film is fairly drab, with only a bright orange vest that Megan wears at one point adding any real color to the screen. HDR looks to be present for a couple of scenes with sunshine, but otherwise is relatively well hidden. The shadow details are good, with many nighttime scenes shown in rough flashbacks, but overall the film isn’t a large improvement over the Blu-ray image quality.
The soundtrack is a DTS:X one that delivers more than the image quality does. The opening scene does a good job of placing you right into the mix and then the use gets more subtle after that. The film is relatively quiet, but the soundtrack does a good job of using the surrounds and height channels to place you into environments and provide ambient sound effects. Vocals are clean and clear through the center channel, even when the characters are in a noisy environment like a train or restaurant. It’s not demo material, but it does the job for the content.
Special Features: Bonus features are on the included Blu-ray disc, and include deleted and extended scenes, a pair of featurettes, and directors commentary.
Review System: Vizio P65-C1 display, Oppo UDP-203 UltraHD Blu-ray Player, KEF Ci5160RL-THX Fronts, Ci3160RL-THX Center, 2x Ci200RR-THX Surrounds, 4x CI200RR-THX Atmos Speakers, Anthem MRX 1120 Receiver.
Good acting by Emily Blunt, DTS:X soundtrack does a very good job with vocals and putting you into environments
Plot elements that don't make much sense, not a huge improvement over the Blu-ray version
The Girl on the Train has been billed as being like Gone Girl, and for the book that might be the case. With the film versions it doesn't hold up to that lofty standard. The UltraHD transfer is sharper than the Blu-ray, but doesn't offer a huge improvement over it with the enhanced soundtrack being the most notable upgrade.