Sisters Brothers, The

Featured In Issue 238, April 2019

WSR Score4
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20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
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Based on the book by Patrick deWitt, "The Sisters Brothers" blazes a trail of action, adventure, and sly wit by Eli and Charlie Sisters (Reilly and Phoenix), notorious sibling assassins who are hired to kill a gold prospector accused of stealing from their tyrannical boss in the Old West. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the featurette "Striking Gold: Making A Modern-Day Westen" (HD 15:11), a Q&A Panel (HD 13:40), the promotional featurettes "Brothers Forever" (HD 01:11) and "Wanted Dead Or Alive" (HD o:45), a gallery, a theatrical trailer, 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 Mini and XT camera systems and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture is terrific looking with engaging production design and cinematography. Color fidelity is excellent and often exhibits yellow and brown hues, but otherwise is quite natural. There are numerous outdoor scenes to depict the Old West, with generally excellent detail. Resolution is excellent throughout with fine detail exhibited in facial features, skin pores, beards, hair, clothing and object texture, and especially in closeups, including those of disturbing images of injuries sustained by some of the characters. Contrast is generally good, but at times shadow delineation appears to be purposely minimal, especially during nighttime and dimly lit scenes. Overall, this is an engaging visual experience that delivers excellent color fidelity and resolution. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is nicely dynamic with a lot of transient punch and bass enforcement. Foley sound effects are quite good and very active throughout. Recurrent gunshots throughout are boosted with bass during shootout scenes. Surround energy is effective with aggressive extension in the shootout scenes and other scenes, for a sense of constant envelopment. Alexandre Desplat's score is wonderful and recorded well with excellent fidelity and a wide and deep soundstage that extends to the surround. Dialogue is consistently intelligible and generally acceptably integrated spatially. This is an engaging soundtrack with holosonic® extensions that define the soundfield. (Gary Reber)