A Walk Among The Tombstones

Featured In Issue 194, February 2015

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Based on Lawrence Block's series of mystery novels, A Walk Among The Tombstones stars Liam Neeson as Matt Scudder, an ex-NYPD cop turned unlicensed private investigator who reluctantly agrees to help a drug trafficker (Stevens) hunt down the men who brutally murdered his wife. When he PI learns that this is not the first time that these men have committed this sort of twisted crime––nor will it be the last––he must blur the line between right and wrong as he races to track the deviants through the backstreets of New York City before they kill again.

Special features include the featurettes Matt Scudder: Private Eye (HD 06:26) and A Look Behind the Tombstones (HD 12:07), upfront previews, and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture exhibits a perfectly natural appearance, with well-balanced color saturation. Hue are earthly cast with a slight warm brownish brush that enhances the sense of naturalness. Fleshtones are generally naturally rendered. Contrast is decently balanced with deep blacks and revealing shadow delineation. The overall appearance is overcast and subdued, with a few segments that are stylized for dramatic effect. Overall, the picture exhibits nitty gritty, but natural imagery that perfectly suits the storytelling.

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is essentially dialogue intense, with a center channel focus, augmented with segments of violence that energizes the segment. Atmospherics are generally subtle with sound effects and Foley enhancements. The orchestral music score is the element that provides the best sense of dimensional envelopment and dynamics, with bass energy heightened during the more intense scenes, as well as powerful directionalized gunfire and rain-intense thunder storms that pound the soundfield. This is a rather subdued soundtrack for a thriller, but it has its moments.