Featured In Issue 239, May 2019

WSR Score4
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20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
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Language throughout, violence, some sexual content and brief drug use
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Karyn Kusama
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"Destroyer" is a gritty, suspenseful thriller. In the years since she engaged in an undercover drug ring assignment that ended tragically, LAPD detective Erin Bell (Kidman) has stumbled along a path of self-destruction. But now that the ring's boss has resurfaced, Bell is drawn back into action to try to stop a violent new crime wave. Forced to face the demons of her past, she begins an odyssey that's as deeply personal as it is dangerous. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Director Karyn Kusama, commentary with the writers Phil Hay and Matt Manfriedi, the featurette "Breakdown Of an Anti-Hero" (HD 19:06), a gallery, the 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 in Panavision® and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture appearance is natural throughout. The color palette is nicely saturated with warm and rich natural hues. Contrast is excellent with deep blacks and natural lighting scenes. Shadow delineation is good and revealing, though, at times purposely out of focus. Resolution is excellent, especially during closeups, which reveal make-up over facial features, hair, beards, and at times skin pores. Textures of clothing and objects are effectively revealing. This is a dramatic picture with natural settings and realism, for an engaging visual experience. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack has a dynamic music score that at times wraps aggressively into the surrounds with directionality. The music is comprised of acoustic instruments and synthesized sounds that set the state for the suspense to unfold. At times during action scenes, dynamics are effective. Atmospherics are convincing realistic and enveloping. Sound effects, such as gunfire and a crash, are powerful yet natural sounding. Deep bass effectively extends to sub-25 Hz frequencies in the music. If there is one sound element that is forward, it is the extensive use of ADR and close-mic dialogue, which is wanting in spatial integration. Overall, this is a nicely crafted soundtrack with moments of dynamic energy between the more intimate segments and with a dimensional feel. (Gary Reber)