In 1926 Harry Houdini (Pearce) is at the top of his game, with audiences flocking to see him perform his Death Defying Acts. But behind the bright lights and notoriety lies the tortured soul of a man grieving the loss of his mother. Having been unable to hear his dying mom
The anamorphically enhanced 2.36:1 DVD delivers deep, consistent blacks and nicely defined shadows to create a fairly dimensional-looking image. Resolution is good, although the finer details appear smeared. Fleshtones have a pale, bluish complexion, giving people a deathly hue. Contrast is balanced well, but highlights appear too hot at times. Colors are bright and bold and really pop from the screen. Minor compression artifacts are recognizable throughout, but they are not overly distracting. The same goes for edge enhancement, which is noticeable, but not a major distraction. (Danny Richelieu)
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