Maps To The Stars

Featured In Issue 197, June 2015

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Maps To The Stars is a dark comedic thriller, which follows Hollywood actress Havana Segrand (Moore) who is unraveling as her career flounders. Her therapist (Cusack) and his wife are busy managing the career of their child-star son. But when a mysterious young woman named Agatha (Wasikowska) befriends a limo driver (Pattinson) and ties all their lives together, nothing will ever be the same as they try to survive a world of money, fame, envy, and relentless hauntings. (Gary Reber)

Special features include upfront previews and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 1.85:1 1080p AVC picture is gorgeously rendered with a rich, warm color palette that exhibits solid saturation, yet preserves a natural presence throughout. Often the colors pop with vivid intensity. Fleshtones are perfectly natural in appearance. Contrast is well balanced with deep, solid blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Resolution is excellent, with fine detail exhibited throughout, especially during close-ups of facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture. Clarity and sharpness is superb. This is a beautiful reference-quality picture that is naturally colorful and pristine. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is a conventional presentation, with a dialogue focus and a nuanced orchestral music score providing a backdrop. The music is nicely recorded with a wide and deep soundstage that extends subtly to the surrounds. An occasional sound effect stirs the mix, but atmospherics are limited to monaural or stereo. Dialogue is clean and well integrated spatially. This is a pretty undistinguished soundtrack, but fidelity is excellent. (Gary Reber)