Widows 4K Ultra HD

Featured In Issue 238, April 2019

WSR Score4
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20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
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Steve McQueen
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In "Widows," four women––with nothing in common except a debt left by their husbands' criminal acts––conspire to take fate into their own hands. (Gary Reber)

Special features include a three-part documentary "Widows Unmasked" (HD 52:10), a gallery, a theatrical trailer, upfront previews, and a Movies Anywhere digital code.

The 2.39:1 2160p HEVC/H.265 Ultra HD HDR10/Dolby Vision picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, was photographed on Kodak Vision3 film stock in Super 35 using the Arricam LT and ST camera systems and sourced from a 4K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture exhibits a cinematic textured presence with fine grain structure. The grain casts a filmic look to color, light, and shadows with greater richness and depth. Colors are saturated and vivid with natural hues. No hues are exaggerated, and the Chicago locations appear realistic. HDR contrast is well balanced with natural highlights, revealing shadow delineation, especially during night and extremely dim locations, and deep black levels. Fine detail is evident throughout, especially in the extreme closeups of facial features, skin pores, hair, beard stubble, and beards. Backdrops tend to be softly focused with the camera action in focus with close-ups. WOW! segments are from 20:36 to 23:34, 36:23 to 38:26, 01:21:54 to 01:22:39 and 01:56:08 to 01:59:10. This is a strikingly good-looking picture that doesn't disappoint. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1-channel soundtrack delivers an effective-ear level soundfield presence with aggressive surrounds that are at times strongly directionalized. The music score is dynamic sounding and spans a wide and deep soundstage that extends aggressively to the four surround channels. Atmospherics tend to be frontal focused, but sound effects are more dimensional with pans at times. Surround energy can be intense and overall delivers an effective surround presence with aggressive directionality, especially during the action scenes. Nuanced sounds, such as breathing and kissing, are nicely resolved. And just as effective are forceful sound effects such as explosions, gunfire, engines and squealing tires. Dialogue is intelligible throughout with generally good spatial integration. Fidelity is excellent as is dynamic range.

The Immersive Sound element consists of brief music extensions, a reverberant voice and audience, a buzz sound and a few other brief sound effects. This is a very weak height layer experience with no soundscape dimensionality.

The ear-level experience is an excellently rendered holosonic® presentation. (Gary Reber)