River Runs Red 4K Ultra HD

WSR Score3
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Wes Miller
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"River Runs Red" is a battle for revenge at any price. Respected Judge Charles Coleman (Diggs) and his wife (Tao) have devoted their lives to law enforcement. The two are thrilled when their son is accepted into the police academy, but everything changes when he is shot by two corrupt cops (Hemsworth and Capaldi) and the official investigation finds no wrongdoing. After his trusted friend detective Horace (Cusack) finds evidence to the contrary, Charles joins forces with an anguished mechanic (Lopez) whose son was killed by the same cops, and together they take the law into their own hands. (Gary Reber)


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 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 varies in quality, though, for the most part the imagery appears natural. Lighting effects create intense highlights, which creates a stylized effect. With this intensity the picture exhibits unnaturalness. Color fidelity is saturated with generally natural hues. Fleshtones are generally natural, though, lighting does, at times cast an unnatural hue. Contrast is generally good with very bright highlights and deep blacks,. Shadow delineation is also good. The imagery reveals fine detail overall, but at times the imagery appears a bit soft. Overall, while a mediocre 4K Ultra HD with exaggerated HDR highlights, this is a mediocre presentation, but engaging nevertheless. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is dialogue focused and is intelligible throughout with generally good spatial integration. Atmospherics are supportive throughout, Sound effects are not riveting except for car engine exhaust, police car sirens, gunfire, a helicopter, and screeching car chases. Foley sound effects are quite realistic. Deep bass is solid and quite frequent. The music score is aggressive and delivers effective excitement and dynamics with touches of hip hop. Overall, the soundtrack is engaging. (Gary Reber)