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We do things a little differently here than you may be used to, so here is a quick tutorial of how our Blu-ray scorecards work.

Most review sites use a 1-5 star scoring system when reviewing Blu-ray releases. Due to the amount of detail contained in a review scorecard, we had to re-think the way to display our review ratings. Gone is the standardized “star” rating structure, replaced with a simple + or -.

So how do these + and - relate to the old-school star ratings? In our world, a + would be the equivalent to a 4 or 5 rating while a - would equate to a 1, 2 or 3 rating. So if a disc gets a + rating in one of the categories, you know it is top quality.

These +’s and -’s are then weighted (35% film, 25% audio, 25% video, 15% extras) to create an overall verdict of the disc, back in the common five-star rating system... it is quite a science.

Here are the terms used in our Blu-ray scorecard so you can get a better understanding of what each of our ratings mean...


  • plot (story, flow)
  • acting (dialogue/believability)
  • sound (score/soundtrack/sound mixing)
  • visuals (special effects/costumes/set design/vibrancy/cinematography)
  • entertainment value (replay value, watchability)


  • fidelity (degree of accuracy with which sound is recorded or reproduced)
  • dynamic range (difference between the max level of distortion-free signal and the minimum limit)
  • dialogue (clarity and placement of voice activity)
  • bass (LFE) (low in pitch; of the lowest pitch or range)
  • soundstage (surround activity, sound movement through the different channels)


  • transfer (lack of digital artifacts/noise/edge enhancements/compression artifacts)
  • image depth (dimension, 3D feel)
  • sharpness (lack of film grain, clarity of image, image detail)
  • color levels (color accuracy, vibrancy)
  • contrast (accurate deep black levels, range of brightness between the darkest/lightest elements)


We have taken a very simplified approach to the this section by informing which extras add value to a release and which are not worth your time. We have listed the most commonly valuable extras found on Blu-ray releases - featurettes, commentaries, deleted scenes (including outtakes and alternate endings), documentaries & digital extras (digital copy, bonus view, bd-live) - and if the extra is worth watching you will see a +, if the disc does not contain the extra or it is not worth watching you will see a -.

We are really changing the game here, so this new review format may take some getting used to... but I am sure you will come to realize that this new game is the way it should be played.

The Fabelmans | reviewed by: William O'Donnell | March 4, 2023
  plot acting sound visuals entertainment value
  fidelity dynamic range dialogue bass soundstage
  transfer image depth sharpness color levels contrast
  featurettes commentaries deleted scenes documentaries digital extras
Dialogue sometimes seems weak vs the score and fx but otherwise a very fine presentation.
genre Drama
synopsis Growing up in post-World War II era Arizona, young Sammy Fabelman aspires to become a filmmaker as he reaches adolescence, but soon discovers a shattering family secret and explores how the power of films can help him see the truth.
lead actors Gabriel LaBelle | Michelle Williams | Paul Dano | Seth Rogen | Judd Hirsch | Jeannie Berlin | Julia Butters | Keeley Karsten | Sam Rechner | Mateo Zoryan Francis-DeFord | Chloe East | Isabelle Kusman | David Lynch | Robin Bartlett | Oakes Fegley | Sophia Kopera | Birdie Borria | Alina Brace | Chandler Lovelle | Gustavo Escobar | Nicolas Cantu | Cooper Dodson | Gabriel Bateman | Stephen Matthew Smith | Lane Factor | James Urbaniak | Alex Quijano | Kalama Epstein | Connor Trinneer | Greg Grunberg | Jan Hoag | Carlos Javier Castillo | Ezra Buzzington | Paul Chepikian | Brinly Marum | Crystal the Monkey | Art Bonilla | Meredith VanCuyk | Nicole Alicia Xavier | Vera Myers | Larkin Campbell | Cody Mitchell | Caroline Anna-Kaye Green | Rob Shiells | Julyah Rose | April Elize | Jonathan Moorwood | Ari Davis | Jared Becker | Kendal Evans | Trang Vo | Mason Bumba | Mary M. Flynn | Adriel Porter | Tia Nalls | Harper Dustin | Alejandro Fuenzalida | Orion Hunter | Samantha Rose Gomez | Taylor Hall | Sarah Hamilton | Paige Locke | Marissa McBride
director Steven Spielberg