Girl In The Spider's Web, The

Featured In Issue 236, February 2019

WSR Score5
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Claire Foy stars in a new Dragon Tattoo story as Lisbeth Salander in "The Girl In The Spider's Web." Salander is a highly skilled vigilante. Salander and journalist Mikael Blomkvist (Gudnason) find themselves caught in a web of spies, cybercriminals, and corrupt government officials, as they race to rescue a dangerous program capable of global destruction held by shadowy figures linked to Lisbeth's past. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Director Fede Alvarez and Screenwriter Jay Basu; four featurettes: "Claire Foy: Becoming Lisbeth" (HD 09:50), "All About The Stunts" (HD 06:40), "Secrets Of The Salander Sisters" (HD 04:56) and "Creating The World" (HD 15:59); eight deleted scenes (HD 15:36); upfront previews; and a Movies Anywhere digital code.

The 2.39:1 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 using the Arri Alexa 65, Mini, and XT Plus camera systems and sourced from a 4K master Digital Intermediate format. There apparently is a 4K Ultra HD edition, but it is only released in digital, not on a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc, according to Sony Pictures. The picture on the Blu-ray is fantastic, with a superb production design and cinematography. The lighting design provides effective contrast and shadow delineation. Contrast is excellent with deep blacks and bright highlights. Color fidelity is natural throughout, with at times, stylization. Hues are perfectly saturated with strong primaries that peek through the otherwise darkish/blueish rendering. Fleshtones throughout retain naturalness. Resolution is excellent with fine detail exhibited throughout, particularly when close-ups occupy the frame. Facial features reveal skin pores and complexions, including lines, beard stubble and beards. This is a stunning picture that visually is engaging throughout as well as reference quality. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack delivers an aggressively dynamic presence with a terrific orchestral score that is persistent throughout. Surround envelopment is strongly enveloping and provides an effective spatially dimensional experience. The orchestral score spans a wide and deep soundstage and envelops the soundfield. Atmospherics are effectively realistic with appropriate directionality. Sound effects are often powerful, including explosions, engine revs, tire screeches and gunfire. These and the orchestra are enhanced with deep bass extension, at times to sub-25 Hz frequencies. Foley sound effects are precise and realistic. Dialogue is nicely integrated spatially. This is a terrific standard mix with aggressive soundfield excellence, but when the Auro-Matic is engaged the soundtrack really is elevated to super effectiveness. Then the Immersive Sound element delivers a dramatically heightened sense of spatial dimensionality that creates an adrenaline-filled holosonic® spherical experience. (Gary Reber)