Captive, The

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Lionsgate Home Entertainment
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The Captive is an action thriller that follows a man (Reynolds) who must unravel the mystery of his daughter’s disappearance before it’s too late.

Special features include commentary with Writer/Director Atom Egoyan, an alternate ending (HD 01:51), the featurette Captive Thoughts (HD 08:49), six deleted scenes (HD 13:56), upfront previews, and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.40:1 1080p AVC picture, captured with the Arri Alexa digital camera system, is beautifully photographed and exhibits a warmly natural presence against the background of a freezing, snow-covered Niagara Falls landscape during winter. Colors are rich and at times vivid, with strong primaries. Fleshtones are perfectly natural throughout. Contrast is well balanced with deep blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Resolution is generally good, with excellent resolution during close-ups of facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture. This is a visually engaging experience that nicely complements a disturbing subject.

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is driven by a haunting orchestral score that is dynamic sounding, with a wide and deep soundstage. Deep, natural bass progressively builds as the story unfolds. Atmospherics and sound effects are also naturally integrated, but it is the music that is most engaging and provides effective surround envelopment for, at times, a holosonic® effect. Dialogue is at times muffled and non-intelligible due to low volume but generally well integrated spatially. With the beautifully recorded orchestral score, this is an effectively engaging soundtrack.