Walking Out

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Shout! Factory
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Bloody injury images, some thematic elements, and brief strong language
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96 Minutes
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Alex Smith & Andrew Smith
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In the survival drama, "Walking Out," an estranged father and son are forced to rely on one another to survive an unforgiving wilderness. Once a year, fourteen-year-old David (Wiggins) travels from his mother's home in Texas to visit his loner father, Cal (Bomer), in the remote mountains of Montana. There, the two embark on their annual hunting excursion, during which the taciturn Cal attempts to connect with his smartphone-addicted son. But when a terrifying turn of events leaves Cal critically wounded, it's up to the teenage David to summon enough strength for both of them. Infused with a deep reverence for the rugged beauty and harsh realities of the Montana landscape, the story is both a tense survival saga and a disarmingly moving father-son tale. (Gary Reber)

Special features include seven deleted scenes (HD 13:21), the "Made In Montana" featurette (HD 02:51), a theatrical trailer, and upfront previews.

The 2.40:1 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, upconverted to 2160p with greater resolution and luminance, was photographed digitally in Panavision® using the Sony F55 camera system and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. While a few frames exhibit camera noise, the picture quality is excellent. The color palette is naturally hued with nicely saturated interior scenes and mountainous outdoors of winter grasslands and snow coverings. Fleshtones are perfectly natural. Flashback scenes are heightened in intensity for a dated look. Present-day scenes are nicely contrasted with silhouette bodies against bright snow. Black levels are deep, and shadow delineation is nicely contrasted. Everything is outdoors and natural in appearance. Resolution is excellent with fine detail revealed on cold faces, hair, beard, clothing, rifles, trees, and foilage. This is a magnificent outdoor setting that appears natural throughout. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is frontal focused, with subtle surround provided by the minimalist score. The music is well recorded and spans the soundstage. Some dialogue leakage also is evident in the surrounds. Deep bass is occasional. Still, overall, the action is frontal focused throughout with natural atmospherics and gunfire sound effects. This is a gripping soundtrack that sonically depicts the dangers in the wild. (Gary Reber)