Ricki And The Flash

Featured In Issue 202, December 2015

WSR Score4.5
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Jonathan Demme
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In Ricki And The Flash, Meryl Streep stars as Ricki Rendazzo, a guitar heroine who made a world of mistakes as she followed her dreams of rock 'n' roll stardom. Returning home, Ricki gets a shot at redemption and a chance to make things right as she faces the music with her family. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the featurettes Rediscovering Rick Springfield (HD 05:28) and Getting Ready For Ricki HD 10:01), four deleted scenes (HD 07:50), a cast photo gallery, and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture is natural throughout, with a strongly saturated color palette. Hues are vividly warm and rich, and generally vibrant, both in the home of Ricki's ex-husband and in the clubs the Flash performs in. Fleshtones are naturally rendered. Contrast is quite good, with deep blacks, and shadows with detail. Resolution is revealing of fine detail in facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture. This is a quite pleasing visual experience that won't disappoint. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is dialogue focused, with segments of live performance by Ricki And The Flash, with Rick Springfield on lead guitar and Meryl Streep actually playing electric guitar and singing. Their performance is sonically rocking with deep, natural bass and good stereo and surround presence. Other than the performances, the music is strictly background in presence. Atmospherics and sound effects are nicely supported with at times a subtle surround performance. Dialogue is generally effectively integrated spatially, but at times is overly forward sounding. Overall, this is an excellent soundtrack, though, often conventionally produced but with some great live music segments that are engaging. (Gary Reber)