Featured In Issue 197, June 2015

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Cymbeline is a gritty story of a take-no-prisoners war between dirty cops and an outlaw biker gang. When extortion, betrayal, and fiery passions threaten his criminal empire, a drug kingpin (Harris) is driven to desperate measures in this modern retailing of Shakespeare’s timeless play. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Screenwriter and Director Michael Almereyda, Actor Ethan Hawke, and Anthony Holden; a behind-the-scenes featurette (HD 13:01); extended interviews with cast and crew (HD 19:29); a trailer; upfront previews; and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 1.85:1 1080p AVC picture was photographed on film stock and exhibits a dense color palette with warm and rich hues. The appearance is natural with strong primaries and naturally hued fleshtones. Contrast is decent, though, some scenes are darkly rendered with dark shadows. Blacks are generally well defined though. This is a visually engaging picture, though, an unusual visual telling of a Shakespeare play. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is essentially dialogue focused with a nuanced music score, with subtle deep bass engagement generally but energized at times when the score shifts to electronic music. Dialogue is difficult to follow due to the actors speaking in Shakespeare prose. Surround is subtle at best and infrequent most of the time, with the occasional more aggressive presence.. Overall, this is a soundtrack that will peculiarly appeal. (Gary Reber)