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Blu-ray Review: HER

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Spike Jonze’s Her is one of the best films of 2013.

Her takes place in the year 2025, and focuses on a lonely man named Theodore Twombly, who has recently separated from his wife. Theodore lives in a world where human connection has taken a backseat to artificial intelligence. In fact, Theodore works at an office where he is hired by several different clients to write personal letters to their friends and significant others. Theodore writes beautifully, oftentimes revealing the tender soul within. He spends his days playing video games and at night, he often finds himself on the other end of awkward phone sex encounters.

His life takes an interesting turn on the day that he installs an operating system on his computer. He quickly develops a strong bond with “Samantha”, who is constantly evolving emotionally and psychologically. Throughout the course of the film, Theodore falls in love with Samantha and the two enter an unorthodox relationship.

The film is bittersweet and disturbing - a highly effective cautionary tale for this day and age, which explores the barriers that modern technology has placed on human relationships. Still, Jonze allows us to live in the moment with Theodore and Samantha. We follow them along on this journey from beginning to end, and the last thirty minutes are incredibly touching. This is a film that should not be missed, especially for fans of Jonze. It is unlike anything that he has ever created before.

Warner Brothers has released Her on Blu-ray. Special features include a short film by Lance Bangs, and two featurettes entitled Love in the Modern Age and How Do You Share Your Life with Somebody. The film is presented in 1080p with DTS-HD Master Audio. This package also includes a DVD and a digital copy.