Picture from The Soloist
Overall B+

An unlikely friendship develops between Steve Lopez (Robert Downey Jr.), a Los Angeles reporter, and an exceptionally talented but homeless man named Nathaniel Ayers (Jamie Foxx). Hoping to help the amazing musician (as well as his own career), the journalist writes a series of articles about the former Juilliard student. But the media attention has mixed results for both of them. The movie is based on a true story.

Violence B-
Sexual Content A-
Profanity D+
Substance Use D+

MPAA Rating: PG-13 for thematic elements, some drug use and language.

The Soloist

The most recent home video release of this movie is August 4, 2009. Here are some details…

Home Video Release Date: 4 August 2009

The Soloist débuts on DVD with audio tracks in Dolby Digital 5.1 (English, French and Spanish). It is accompanied by the following bonus extras:

- Deleted Scene.

- Commentary by director Joe Wright.

- Featurettes: An Unlikely Friendship: Making the Soloist, Kindness, Courtesy and Respect: Mr. Ayers and Mr. Lopez, One Size Does Not Fit All: Addressing Homelessness in Los Angeles and Beth’s Story.

The Soloist also performs on Blu-ray in Dolby TrueHD 5.1 (English) and Dolby Digital 5.1 (French and Spanish). This edition is accompanied by:

- Deleted Scenes.

- Theatrical Trailer (in HD).

- Commentary by director Joe Wright.

- Featurettes (in HD): An Unlikely Friendship: Making the Soloist, Kindness, Courtesy and Respect: Mr. Ayers and Mr. Lopez, One Size Does Not Fit All: Addressing Homelessness in Los Angeles, Beth’s Story and Juilliard Piece.

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