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I, Tonya on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital

Manufacturer: Universal Studios
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Reviewed by Scott R. Garrigus
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I, Tonya on Blu-ray, DVD, and Digital HD from Universal Studios"Based on the incredible true events, I, Tonya is a darkly comedic tale of American figure skater, Tonya Harding, and one of the most sensational scandals in sports history. Though Harding was the first American woman to complete a triple axel in competition, her legacy was forever defined by her association with the infamous attack on fellow Olympic competitor Nancy Kerrigan. I, Tonya tells a complex story of resilience and perseverance, as a rebellious working-class girl pursues her dream competing in a “ladylike” sport, only to be caught up in controversy and criminal circumstances created by her involvement with those closest to her." That is the official description for I, TONYA, now available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD from Universal Studios, which has provided NewTechReview with a Blu-ray copy for review.

I was a few years out of college when the incident between Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan occurred. I never really cared much for sports, even the Olympics, let alone ice skating, so while I heard about the story in the news, I didn't really pay much attention to it. Watching I, TONYA however, has brought a whole new perspective to what happened all those years ago. I had no idea Tonya Harding had such a difficult life, being abused by her mother and her husband, as well as being surrounded by people with questionable intelligence. I also had no idea about her fight to "fit in" to what was considered the norm of woman's figure skating. That's not to say I believe Tonya Harding to be innocent, but I can now see why she may have even thought about doing what she did. I, TONYA provides a very interesting look at what happened during this time in sports history, especially to those who were alive back then.

The Blu-ray version of I, TONYA comes as a combo pack that includes Blu-ray and DVD discs as well as a code for the Digital edition. The picture is presented as a MPEG-4 AVC encode with a 2.39:1 aspect ratio, some parts of which are shown in a boxed, home movie style during the character interviews. The other parts of the film are shown in full view. This presentation lends itself well to the subject matter. The picture itself is clear throughout, without any anomalies. The 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio provides clean, clear dialogue and a nice representation of the music soundtrack.

I, TONYA includes a number of interesting bonus features including...
* Feature Commentary - Directory Craig Gillespie provides a detailed perspective about his decisions on how the film was made.
* All Sixes: The Perfect Performances of I, TONYA - cast and crew talk about the characters, the script and about various moments throughout the film.
* Irony Free, Totally True: The Story Behind I, TONYA - a look at the Tonya Harding story and its depiction in the movie script.
* Working with Director Craig Gillespie - cast and crew talk about what it was like working with Craig Gillespie.
* The Visual Effects of I, TONYA - a look at how special effects were used to pull off the various skating sequencing and how face replacement was used.
* VFX: Anatomy of the Triple Axel - a specific look at the triple axel scenes and how they were accomplished.
* Delected Scenes - this includes four deleted scenes and two long interviews with Diane Sawyer and Shawn Eckhardt.
* Theatrical Trailers - this includes a short teaser and two trailers for the film.

If you were alive during the time of this event or you're at all interested in Tonya Harding, Nancy Kerrigan or this story, then I can highly recommend I, TONYA. The film provides an entertaining and interesting look into the life of Tonya Harding, her career in figure skating, and the incident that is forever connected to Olympic history.

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