Mississippi Grind

WSR Score2.5
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Lionsgate Home Entertainment
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Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck
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In Mississippi Grind, down-on-his-luck gambler Gerry (Mendelsohn) and his hot-streak buddy Curtis (Reynolds) hit the road for New Orleans, on the hunt for the big payday. On riverboats and racetracks they chase women and thrills—before risking it all in the wager of their lives. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the Two Of A Kind behind-the-scenes featurette (HD 17:28), trailers, upfront previews, and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.40:1 1080p AVC picture was photographed on Kodak film stock, which conveys a slightly amber tone, which permeates fleshtones as well. Otherwise, the color palette exhibits an overall warm presence, with decent blacks and shadow delineation at times. Resolution is hindered with an overall soft focus, except close-ups in the brighter scenes, in which fine detail is more apparent. As the film’s locations are mostly dim, gambling environments, the picture often appears murky and bland. Overall, this is an undistinguished visual experience. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is undistinguished as well, as it is virtually monaural mix with sporadic sequences of surround, such as in a blues club. But, otherwise, atmospherics and sound effects are limited and entirely frontal focused. When there is surround activity, it is generally subdued and limited to background chatter in the casinos. The blues music is a highlight, with good fidelity and surround presence, but it is scarce. Dialogue is frontal focused with decent spatial integration. Overall, this is a low-keyed sonic experience. (Gary Reber)