10 Cloverfield Lane

Featured In Issue 208, July/August 2016

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Thematic material including frightening sequences of threat with some violence and brief language.
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Dan Trachtenberg
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10 Cloverfield Lane takes place following a catastrophic car crash in which a young woman (Winstead) wakes up in a survivalist’s (Goodman) underground bunker. He claims to have saved her from an apocalyptic attack that has left the outside world uninhabitable. His throes are supported by a mysterious stranger who is in the bunker with them (Gallagher, Jr.), but as his increasingly suspicious actions lead her to question his motives, she’ll have to escape in order to discover the truth. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary by Director Dan Trachtenberg and Producer J.J. Abrams; seven featurettes: Cloverfield Too (HD 09:07), Bunker Mentality (HD 03:48), Duck And Cover (HD 01:44), Spin-Off (HD 03:52), Kelvin Optical (HD 06:07), Fine Tuned (HD 06:42), and End Of Story (HD 03:19); and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture exhibits a perfectly natural color palette with rich and warm hues. Other than the opening pre-crash, in which Michelle is in her dwelling and starts out on her journey, in daylight, the movie takes place in an underground bunker below a farmhouse, dim light running off a generator. The production design nicely presents this small space accentuated by the lightening design. Contrast is varied, with brighter scenes transitioning to darker scenes, yet black levels remain solid and shadow delineation is revealing. Fleshtones are rendered naturally throughout. Resolution is excellent, with fine detail exhibited in the concrete block construction, the dated Americana furnishings, facial features, hair and Goodman’s beard, clothing, and object texture. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1-channel soundtrack is dominated by a haunting orchestral music score that extends wide and deep across the soundfield and to the surrounds. The music is the major element of surround envelopment, which occupies all of the channels. As well, deep bass is integrated into the music with strong .1 LFE energy, There are several instances of deep low-frequency rumbling from above the bunker, which provides a dynamic contrast to the dialogue that is the focus of the soundtrack. Atmospherics are pretty much limited to human movements within the bunker. The one dramatic sound effect is a powerful gun shot within the bunker, which is really intense. Dialogue is consistently intelligible with good spatial integration. This is an engaging soundtrack that maintains suspenseful and intense emotions. (Gary Reber)