IN THE DARK HALF is an extremely layered tale of loss, mourning, longing and coming-of-age, with a gentle, yet persuasive supernatural sub-text. It is brilliantly nuanced in the way it questions/side-steps conventional mores as it examines the deep-seated often seemingly contradictory emotions which make us human. The acting is equally brilliant across the board; the directing/editing assured. The only minor downside is the slight overuse of music and music cues. With a story, script, acting and direction of this calibre, one doesn't need musical underscoring. (Still, I must say, the theme is poignantly lovely.) However, the main reason I'm writing this review is due to something I missed when ordering. It's clearly stated on the product page that this is a made-on-demand Blu Ray-R, rather than a Blu Ray. (I was so keen to get a Blu Ray of this film, I missed the caveat.) I was initially disappointed, but the video is utterly, impressively pristine. Additionally, the dialogue is clear, though, given the accents, the subtitles are a help; despite the fact that they are, on occasion, in error, and, amusingly, miss a word key to the story (which is thankfully mentioned on the jacket summary).