Bigger Splash, A

Featured In Issue 210, October 2016

WSR Score2.5
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20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
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Graphic nudity, some strong sexual content, language and brief drug use.
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Luca Guadagnino
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In A Bigger Splash the lives of a high-profile couple, a famous rock star (Swinton) and a filmmaker (Schoenaerts), vacationing and recovering on the idyllic sun-drenched and remote Italian island of Pantelleria, are disrupted by the unexpected visit of an old friend (Fiennes) and his daughter (Johnson)—creating a whirlwind of jealousy, passion, and ultimately, danger for everyone involved. (Gary Reber)

Special features include eight featurettes: The Silent One (HD 0.35), The Extroverted One (HD 0:54), The Young One (HD 0:35), The Mysterious One (HD 0:54), Story & Cast (HD 02:10), Beneath The Surface (HD 02:16), The Inspiration (HD 01:09), and Another World (HD 01:51); a gallery; a theatrical trailer; upfront previews and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 1.85:1 1080p AVC picture was photographed on Kodak film stock with Arri 35mm cameras and exhibits a warm color palette with sundrenched hues, as is evident in fleshtones in scenes on the Italian island. Contrast is at times bland with poor shadow delineation. Resolution is generally quite good but at times exhibits softness. While generally natural in appearance, the picture is rather stylized and artsy, and offers fine detail in numerous scenes. Overall, the imagery is a pleasant visual experience. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack delivers bits and pieces of rock, pop music, but only in spurts, with not much surround support, except for a night scene toward the end with unusual sounds that delivers an aggressive surround experience—nor do the rest of the sound elements deliver any substantial surround envelopment. Unfortunately, the focus is on dialogue, with some subliminal atmospherics. Even the island festival with traditional music is a disappointment in terms of dimensional envelopment. Dialogue can be nicely integrated spatially and then not. Overall, there is no sense of excitement, but generally the storytelling is all dialogue focused. (Gary Reber)