BLU-RAY REVIEW

Unsane 4K Ultra HD

Featured In Issue 229, July 2018

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(Studio/Distributor):
Universal Studios Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number):
57197536
(MPAA Rating):
R
(Rating Reason):
Disturbing behvior, violence, language and sex references
(Retail Price):
$34.98
(Disc Type):
Single Side, Dual Layer (BD-66)
(Widescreen Edition):
Yes
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(Running Time In Minutes):
98
(Color Type):
Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access):
Yes
(Closed Captioned):
Yes
(Regional Coding):
A
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(Theatrical Release):
Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release):
No
(Disc Release Date):
6/19/2018
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(Director):
Steven Soderbergh
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DTS HD Lossless 5.1
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In "Unsane," a young woman is involuntarily committed to a mental institution where she confronts her biggest fear. The resilient woman, Sawyer Valentini (Foy), fights to reclaim her freedom even as she risks her own sanity. Still scarred from the trauma of being terrorized by a stalker, she receives treatment at the Highland Creek Behavioral Center. Shortly after she unwittingly commits herself to confinement at the mental institution, she catches sight of a facility staffer who, she is convinced, is actually her stalker. But is he real or just a product of her delusion? (Gary Reber)

Special features include the featurette "Unsanity" (HD 04:26), upfront previews, and a Movies Anywhere digital copy.

The 1.56:1 2160p HEVC/H.265 Ultra HD HDR10/Dolby Vision picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, was photographed digitally and sourced from a 4K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture was photographed with an Apple iPhone 7 Plus in an unusual 1.56:1 aspect ratio. The imagery has been stylized in post production to create an eerie atmosphere of a mental institution. The imagery exhibits an amateur video production with strained color fidelity that at times appears natural and at other times unnatural. Fleshtones appear generally natural, but not always. Black levels are deep but undefined, as are shadows. Lights and daylight appear a bit exaggerated and often intense. Resolution is excellent, with fine detail exhibited throughout, especially during close-ups. This is an engaging and intense visual experience that creates an eerie sense of shady insanity. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audioô 5.1-channel, not DTS:X, soundtrack is dialogue focused throughout, with atmospherics that create a sense of realism within the mental institution and an eerie presence. Dialogue sounds generally natural, with a forward presence, yet at times with convincing spatial integration. The electronic and piano music score is sporadic and supportive, with good bass extension. Overall, the soundtrack's dialogue creates an intense sonic experience. (Gary Reber)