Forger, The

Featured In Issue 199, September 2015

WSR Score3.5
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In The Forger, the world's best art forger (Travolta) makes a deal with a crime syndicate to get an early release from prison, but in return he agrees to pull off an impossible heist––he must forge a painting by Claude Monet, steal the original from a museum, and replace it with a replica so perfect that no one will notice. He enlists the help of his father (Plummer) and son (Sheridan), and together they plan the heist of their lives. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the featurette Identifying The Forger: Creating Character And Conflict (HD 07:22), upfront previews, and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.38:1 1080p AVC picture exhibits an overall natural appearance, though, the imagery is slightly soft. Still, detail is decent, especially during close-ups of facial features and object texture, The color palette is warmly hued with naturally rich and saturated colors. Fleshtones are naturally rendered as well. Everything projects realism, without exaggeration. Contrast is well balanced with deep blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Overall, the picture is pleasing, with an overall warm touch that elicits realism. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is focused on dialogue with segments of violence. Atmospherics enhance the realism and are punctuated with occasional sound effects that energize the storytelling. The orchestral music score really sets the mood and pace of the storytelling. Sound quality is good, and the soundstage is wide and extended to the surrounds subtly. Dialogue sounds natural throughout, with good spatial integration. Overall, this is a nicely crafted soundtrack that works well with the flow of the storytelling. (Gary Reber)