Danny Collins

Featured In Issue 199, September 2015

WSR Score3.5
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Danny Collins tells the story of the rock icon (Pacino). After a lifetime at the top of the music charts, Collins just can't give up his hard-living ways. But when he receives a never-delivered letter written to him 40 years earlier by John Lennon urging him to stay true to his heart, Danny embarks on a quest to try to rediscover his family, his talent, and the love he abandoned on his way to success. (Gary Reber)

Special features include a behind-the-scenes featurette (HD 03:44), Danny Collins Album Covers Through The Years (HD 01:41), upfront previews, BD-Live functionality, and an UltraDigital digital copy.

The 2.40:1 1080p AVC picture exhibits superb resolution in both foreground and background imagery, especially with regards to close-ups of facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture. As such, clarity is excellent throughout. The color palette is nicely saturated and naturally hued throughout. Fleshtones are also naturally hued. Contrast is generally well balanced with deep blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Overall, this is a pleasingly sharp and colorful visual experience. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is surprisingly monaural focused, with background music segments by John Lennon. As for dialogue, the presentation is perfectly natural and generally well integrated spatially. Various concert clip segments energized the soundfield with an aggressive surround presence. Atmospherics and sound effects provide a sense of realism and dynamics, but the effects are minimal. The other music occupies brief segments, but the recording quality is excellent, while the soundtrack is generally low impact but pleasing. (Gary Reber)