Featured In Issue 197, June 2015

WSR Score3.5
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In the vein of Austin Powers and Inspector Clouseau, Mortdecai is a witty caper comedy about finding a missing painting in the world of black market art dealers. After a priceless panting is stolen, shady art dealer Charlie Mortdecai (Depp) is recruited by an old rival (McGregor) to get it back. Mortdecai questions his rival’s intentions but takes the job for the money and to keep his high-maintenance wife (Paltrow) happy. With the help of his manservant (Bettany), Mortdecai must face terrorists, angry Russians, and more in a globe-trotting chase. Based on the novel Don’t Point That Thing At Me from “The Mortdecai Trilogy” by Kyril Bonfiglioli. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the featurettes Stolen Moments: On The Set Of Mortdecai (HD 16:34) and The Art Of Noise: Making Music For Mortdecai (HD 12:25), upfront previews, theatrical trailers, and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.40:1 1080p AVC picture quality is terrific, with a robust saturated color palette in which primaries pop. The imagery is naturally hued with healthy fleshtones. Contrast is excellent with deep, solid blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Resolution is impressively sharp, with fine detail exhibited throughout. Every nuanced detail is finely resolved. This is a spectacular visual experience that is colorful and strikingly rendered. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 7.1-channel soundtrack is surprisingly dialogue focused even though this is an action caper. Atmospherics and sound effects are limited to the front channels with occasional positioning in the surrounds. The added surround channels are energized with the orchestral/choral music score, which presents an aggressive dimensional soundfield. The music extends wide and deep across the soundstage and extends to the surrounds. But otherwise the sound is center channel focused. Deep bass is occasional and usually associated with the music score. Dialogue is nicely executed with decent spatial integration. While surprisingly monaural centric, the sonics are engaging and fun. (Gary Reber)