Downsizing 4K UltraHD

WSR Score2.5
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Language including sexual references, some graphic nudity and drug use
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Alexander Payne
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In "Downsizing," scientists find a way to shrink humans to five inches tall. Paul Safranek (Damon) and his wife Audrey (Wiig) decide to ditch their stressed-out lives in order to get small and live large in a luxurious downsized community. Filled with life-changing adventures and endless possibilities, Leisureland offers more than riches, as Paul discovers a whole new world and realizes that we are meant for something bigger. (Gary Reber)

Special features include six featurettes: "Working With Alexander" (HD 12:22), "The Cast" (HD 11:30), "A Visual Journey" (HD 14:02), "A Matter Of Perspective" (HD 09"06), "That Smile" (HD 06;27), and "A Global Concern" (HD 06:39); and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.39:1 2160p HEVC/H.265 Ultra HD HDR10 picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, was photographed digitally in Panavision® using the Arri Alexa Mini and Arri Alexa XT Plus camera systems (3.4K) and sourced from a 2K (not 4K) master Digital Intermediate format. As the 2K Digital Intermediate has been upconverted to 2160p, there is no real gain in native resolution. The picture is natural enough but there appears to be a soft light haze, which degrades the overall appearance. Perhaps, this is intentional, but the imagery suffers from a lack of vibrancy. Colors are naturally hued but generally bland. Fleshtones are natural enough. HDR contrast appears restrained, especially on the higher frequencies of light, and black levels never extend really deep. Resolution is decent but inconsistent. Some scenes exhibit appealing detail while others are cursed with the glaze that softens the finest detail. Interestingly, as the movie progresses, detail appears to improve, especially during the Norway settings. In this setting, there is a WOW! segment from 01:42:06 to 01:44:45. Overall, this is a visually reserved picture with mostly little visual excitement. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1-channel soundtrack (not an Immersive Sound format) also is extremely reserved with dynamics that never attain any impact. Low-level atmospherics predominate and Foley sound effects are low keyed, The music score also is a low-keyed score. The real focus is dialogue, which is intelligible throughout and well integrated spatially. This is in essence, a rather simple soundtrack with subtle surround envelopment and little in the way of dynamic energy. (Gary Reber)