Cemetery Junction Blu-ray Review


In the town of Cemetery Junction life appears to be dull. People go to the worst school in England that lands them a job at the factory. Getting married and going to work at the factory is the only thing most know at Cemetery Junction, but for Freddie Taylor (Christian Cooke) that is not the option. Freddie doesn’t want to end up like his father, Len (Ricky Gervais), and wants something more than what everyone settles for. Freddie lands a job at Vigilant Life Assurance, a company that is owned by Mr. Kendrick an odd Cemetery Junction success. Aspiring for something more Freddie must now decide what is best for him, the quest for something more or the life he is pre-determined to live along with his childhood friends Snork (Jack Doolan) and Bruce (Tom Hughes).

Upon my first view of the film I can tell you two things, one, Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant are great writers. Two, not all direct to home video movies are garbage. Sure, plenty of films that get released to video have that tag on them of “bad” with obvious reasons of course. However, Cemetery Junction doesn’t quite fit in with that tag. Gervais uses this feel good coming of age 70’s comedy to make his writing-directing debut and boy does it deliver. The formula of drama and comedy is perfectly executed by the director Ricky Gervais, mixing a bit of each genre to create an exceptional balanced blend throughout the film. Making deliberate complex main character that is looking for something more for his life than the pre-determined routine life that the town simply becomes satisfied with. As the story evolves, so does the intricate inner workings of its characters and the story becomes more engrossing.

Cemetery Junctions isn’t exactly a film that will leave you with lasting impressions. While Gervais and Merchant are great writers, Cemetery Junction takes a rather predictable route. Every plot and every turn feels familiar as if you already seen this and know what’s going to happen next. However, as I had mentioned before, Gervais’ clever writing allows the viewer to seemingly stay entertained as the movie moves on. The ability to drive the film without falling aside from what it tries to be makes it worth it. Cemetery Junction delivers a touching a touching story throughout its well-paced direction. The cast was undoubtedly was excellent sharing very good rapport that it becomes very noticeable throughout the film. The directors did an incredible job recreating the period to make this movie fit in wonderfully.



Cemetery Junction arrives on Blu-ray with a 1080p MPEG4-AVC encode framed at 2.40:1. Here comes another one of Sony’s top notch releases, always going above in beyond. Cemetery Junctions looks fantastic in almost every level. The picture is splashed with vibrant colors throughout the film. Reds, blues, yellows, etc. all look fantastic. Black levels look excellent and are well reproduced throughout looking deep and inky. Fine details are excellent throughout, however, at times they do lack during face shots. The director opted to give the film a washed out look to give it that 70s feel, so the film has a yellowish tone throughout. Skin tones are very natural and lifelike. The image contains a thin layer of grain to give it that film like feel.

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Cemetery Junction arrives on Blu-ray with a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio lossless track. Surprisingly robust audio track for a dialogue driven film. The dialogue is clean, clear, and crisp throughout. The rears are used for atmospherics to give that higher level of realism. Although, the surrounds are more apparent during the factory’s scenes than when in the streets is nevertheless satisfying. Music rips through the sound stage with a high level of clarity and power. Overall, Sony’s audio presentation is top notch and nothing shorter than expected from the studio. Cemetery Junction sounds fantastic!



Audio commentary with Writers/Directors Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant – This audio track is funny and yet informative. Given the humorous nature of Gervais, we could have expected it. Anyway, both personalities talk about the film’s theme, story, cast, Gervais presence in the movie, and more. The track is filled with information about most things that deal with the film. Fans of the film should give this a chance.

Cast Commentary with Christian Cooke, Tom Hughes, and Jack Doolan – This audio track isn’t as insightful as the first with the directors, but it allows the viewers to listen to the actors speak about the film and their own personal insights. It’s a good track, but not the best.

The Directors: A Conversation with Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant – This featurette allowed the directors to talk more about the film. It shows what the directors truly wanted to capture. They talk about the cast and the great things the leads brought to the project.

The Lads Look Back: The Stars Discuss Cemetery Junction – This features the actors talking about the film, the casting, the bond that grew throughout the course of filming, and the difficulty of filming certain scenes.

Seventies Style: Production and Costume Design – This gives us a quick look at the production of the film from the sets, the wardrobe, and more.

Production featurettes – There are four (4) production featurettes in total: The Start of Filming, Week 1, Meet the Boys, and The Director’s On Set.

Previews – Movie trailers for Salt, Grown Ups, The Back-Up Plan, Death at a Funeral, The Karate Kid, and The Other Guys.

Deleted Scenes – A total of 10 deleted scenes are included.

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Cemetery Junction fulfilled my expectations and went a bit beyond them delivering a touching story with an incredible cast and top notch writing on behalf of the filming crew. No doubt that this coming of age film is one of the best I’ve seen. There’s a level of familiarity with Cemetery Junction, but the writing by Gervais and Merchant allows them to give the film a very unique feel that separates it from other coming to age films. The Blu-ray looks and sounds fantastic and the supplements will most likely keep you on your seat long after the credits have begun rolling. Cemetery Junction is highly recommended.