Featured In Issue 203, January 2016

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The psychological thriller Amnesiac is about a man (Bentley) who wakes up in bed suffering from memory loss after being in an accident, only to begin to suspect that his wife (Bosworth) may not be his real wife and that a web of lies and deceit deepen inside the house where he soon finds himself a prisoner. (Gary Reber)

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The 2.40:1 1080p AVC picture was photographed digitally with the Arri Alexa camera system and exhibits a dreamy visual appearance, effectuated by stylized lighting effects and backlighting, which softens the imagery and veils detail. Other visual effects include color desaturation used in memory flashbacks of the accident. There is also a general haze that permeates much of the home’s interiors and the detective’s office. As best as can be expected, resolution is challenged, and perhaps intentionally by the filmmakers, to create a suspenseful eerie effect. The imagery is pristine throughout, and black levels are deep and solid. This is a pretty frighting visual experience, not in the horror sense, but in a murderous psychological sense. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is driven by an orchestral music score that conveys a sensation of dread, aided by subtle atmospherics. During brief moments that reveal evil doings, deep bass and sound effects enhance and intensify the initial accident and subsequent murders and disposal of bodies. This combination is very effective and eerie. There are a lot of old objects, such as old cars, phonograph player, and old-fashioned, 8-millimeter film projector, whose sonics are realistic. Dialogue, while quietly executed, is nicely integrated spatially throughout. This is a compelling sonic experience that is both nuanced and minimized, and energized appropriately throughout, with excellent surround envelopment created by the music and sound effects, when engaged. (Gary Reber)