In Trumbo, a blacklisted Hollywood screenwriter fights back after being jailed for his political beliefs. This is a portrait of an often-forgotten chapter of American history. In 1947, Dalton Trumbo (Cranston) was Hollywood's top screenwriter until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs. The story exposes the absurdity and injustice of the blacklist, which entangled everyone from gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (Mirren) to John Wayne, Kirk Douglas, and Otto Preminger. (Gary Reber)
Special features include the featurettes Who Is Trumbo? (HD 04:02) and Bryan Cranston Becomes Trumbo (HD 01:59), upfront previews, and an UltraViolet digital copy.
The 1.85:1 1080p AVC picture was photographed digitally with the Arri Alexa XT camera system. The imagery is beautiful, with a rich and warm color palette that is interjected with black-and-white imagery and old newsreels. Hues are well balanced with strong primaries. Fleshtones are naturally hued throughout. Contrast is well balanced with deep blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Resolution is finely detailed, with nuances revealed throughout. The production design, costumes, and cinematography really succeed in creating a realistic period picture. This is a wonderful cinematic experience that is sure to please. (Gary Reber)
The DTS-HD Master Audioô 5.1-channel soundtrack is nicely produced with an impressive natural presence and dialogue that is well integrated spatially. Dialogue intelligibility is excellent. Atmospherics are realistic as well, but sound effects are limited. Rather, Foley effects enhance the realism. The jazz-flavored music score beautifully complements the feel of the period storytelling. Deep bass is limited. Surround envelopment is delved via the music. This is a dialogue-focused soundtrack that sounds terrific. (Gary Reber)