Sandra Bullock’s Oscar-winning “Blind Side” performance yours to own


BY SEAN O’CONNELL

This should have been Sandra Bullock’s shining moment. The beloved A-lister was supposed to be riding a wave of euphoria following her recent Oscar win. Instead, she has had to deal with a humiliating, public sex scandal that could rip her marriage to motorcyclist Jesse James in half.

But for today, talk surrounding Bullock can return to her work, as her Oscar-winning turn in “The Blind Side” hits DVD shelves courtesy of a Warner Bros. release.

‘The Blind Side’
Bullock was equal parts steely and sympathetic playing Leigh Anne Tuohy, a Tennessee socialite who disrupts her suburban family’s warm cocoon when she adopts “Big” Michael Oher (Quinton Aaron), an underprivileged African-American teenager.

John Lee Hancock’s inspirational drama recycles some of the charitable messages we’ve seen in other religion-based films – and believe me, “Blind Side” waves the banner of clean, Christian living as much as it strives to heal our country’s racial divide. But Bullock’s portrayal of a loving, colorblind mother – and the strong support she receives from Aaron, Tim McGraw and the rest of the “Blind Side” cast – help transform this teachable moment into an accessible, mainstream package.

The “Blind Side” Blu-ray, released by Warner Bros., includes several exclusive extras that are worth a look. I got the most out of an in-depth interview with the real Michael Oher, a defensive player for the Baltimore Ravens who allowed his life story to be related (and marginally altered) fro the good of the film. Bullock goes one-on-one with Tuohy for another revealing interview, and Hancock contributes a conversation with “Blind Side” author Michael Lewis.

Deleted scenes continue the movie-specific extras, which expand to feature the moving story of young actor Quinton Aaron and a “Behind the Scenes” look at the process of bringing all of the big name SEC football coaches to the set for celebrated cameos.

The movie – **1/2 out of 4
The Blu-ray – *** out of 4

About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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2 Comments

  • March 24, 2010 | Permalink |

    I bought this yesterday and I can’t wait to check out the bonus features, especially the interview with sandra

  • March 24, 2010 | Permalink |

    finally we can own one of the best films! this is such a great inspirational story for everyone, so glad it’s already on dvd

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