River takes place in the south of Laos, where an American doctor (Sutherland), working in a village, becomes a fugitive after he intervenes in the sexual assault of a young woman. When the assailant’s body is pulled from the Mekong River, things quickly spiral out of control, and violence quickly escalates. (Gary Reber)
Special features include the theatrical trailer and upfront previews.
The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture exhibits a natural appearance, with dramatic lighting effects, to enhance the sense of tension. Such stylized treatment is effective, while maintaining decent shadow delineation. Contrast otherwise is decent, but black levels never extend to solid black. The overall color palette is earthy, with respect to the Laos landscape and river environs but otherwise is warmly hued throughout. Fleshtones are naturally hued. Resolution is also decent but often a bit soft. Overall, the imagery projects a naturally realistic visual palette that suits the storytelling. (Gary Reber)
The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is dominated with a strong electronic score that at times is enhanced with deep .1 LFE. The music aggressively extends from a wide soundstage to the surrounds. Atmospherics add to the realism of the Laos locations. Sound effects, such as buses and car engines, rumble, often with intensity. Dialogue is both in English and Laos, and is clear enough. Overall, this is an effectively produced soundtrack that sets in motion the tensions as the story unfolds. (Gary Reber)