Two Faces Of January, The

Featured In Issue 194, February 2015

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Based on the novel by Patricia Highsmith, The Two Faces Of January is a Hitchock-styled thriller, which follows the charismatic Chester (Mortensen) and his alluring wife Colette (Dunst) as they meet a deceitful tour guide during their Greek Island vacation. Their friendship quickly takes a dangerous turn when a murder takes place in their hotel.

Special features include four deleted scenes (HD 06:03); bloopers (HD 03:48); three featurettes: Traveling In Style (HD 02:33), Shooting The Odyssey (HD 02:51), and A Twist On A Classic Thriller (HD 03:09); AXS TV: A Look At The Two Faces of January (HD 02:32); the theatrical trailer, and upfront previews.

The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture was photographed anamorphically using the Arri Alexa Plus digital camera system. The picture exhibits crisp and clean imagery and a natural color palette, with exacting fleshiness. Hues are nicely saturated and well balanced. Contrast is well balanced with deep blacks and shadow delineation. Evolution is nicely detailed with fine nuances exhibited in facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture. This is a wonderfully pleasant and colorfully engaging picture, with the Greek islands as a backdrop.

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is quite nuanced and frontal focused, with surround energy aggressively presented the more the suspense unfolds. At times, deep .1 LFE energy underlies the proceedings. The orchestral music score is orchestra in the style of a Hitchock thriller that is effectively engaging. Surround envelopment is delivered by the score, with the occasional atmospheric and sound effect element, such as thunder and rain and gun shots, added to emphasize dramatics. Foley is also often quite good, particularly the lighting of a flip-up lighter. Dialogue is intelligible throughout but at times is wanting in spatial integration. This is an engaging soundtrack with a terrific Hitchockian music score.