Hate U Give, The 4K Ultra HD

Featured In Issue 238, April 2019

WSR Score4
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20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
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Mature thematic elements, some violent content, drug maternal and language
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George Tillman, Jr.
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Based on the novel by Angie Thomas, "The Hate U Give" tells the story of Starr Carter (Stenberg), who lives in two worlds: the poor, black neighborhood where she lives and the mostly white prep she attends. This uneasy balance is shattered when she witnesses the fatal shooting of her childhood friend by a policeman. Facing pressures from all sides, Starr must find her voice and stand up for what's right. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary by George Tillman, Jr., Amandla Stenberg, Russell Hornsby, Angie Thomas and Craig Hayes; three extended scenes (15:21); six featurettes: "Starting A Conversation" (HD 10:07), "The Talk" (HD 08:25), "Code Switching" (HD )08:46), "Starr: Shine Your Light" (HD 13:42), "The Heart Of Georgia" (HD 05:05) and "Thank You Georgia" (HD 02:11); 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 in anamorphic Panavision® using the Panavision Millennium DXL camera system at a source format of 8K but sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture, while a bit soft overall, does provide at times an enhancement of resolution and fine detail exhibited during close-ups. Contrast is excellent with revealing shadow delineation and good black levels. The color palette is naturally rendered with earth tones, and at times colors do appear saturated and vivid. Resolution is excellent, even in dimly lit shadows, as well with respect to facial features, clothing and objects. This is a good-looking presentation that exhibits an overall neutral color scheme, with periodic pops of color that is appealing throughout. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 7.1-channel soundtrack delivers a satisfying music presentation that envelops the soundfield. Fidelity is excellent. Atmospherics such as urban chatter, school environments and a party scene, extend to the surrounds. Sound effects, such as the shooting sequence, are realistic sounding. Dialogue is consistently intelligible with generally good spatial integration. While this was not presented in an Immersive Sound format, when Auro-Matic is engaged the soundtrack really becomes dimensional and far more engaging. (Gary Reber)