The far east and the old west collide in "The Outsider," a tale of bullets, bare knuckles, and bloodshed. In search of a better life, a railroad worker (Foo) unwittingly finds himslef on the wrong side of a group of corrupt lawmen. As the Marshal (Adkins) attempts to control his increasingly unethical town, tragedy strikes, forcing him to decide between justice and family. But through their inaction they awakened a sleeping giant; and after teaming up with a disgraced former officer (Flanery), the railroad worker sets out to wipe out the immoral group by any means necessary. (Gary Reber)
Special features include the featurettes "A Look Inside The Outsider" (HD 05:13) and "Outside The Law" HD 05:49), a theatrical trailer and upfront previews.
The 2.76:1 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 camera system and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture is very saturated in numerous scenes as well as extremely dark with poor shadow delineation. Blacks are undefined, especially in darker scenes. Daylight scenes fair better but are still undistinguished, Fleshtones are generally natural in daylight and spot lighting. Contrast is poor at times. Resolution is generally acceptable but at times is a bit soft, though, close-ups reveal excellent detail in facial features, hair, clothing and objects. Overall, this is a generally mediocre visual experience. (Gary Reber)
The DTS-HD Master Audioô 5.1-channel soundtrack is unbalanced in that dialogue is far, far forward and unnatural sounding, especially with respect to the Marshal, but others as well. Atmospherics are generally realistic and create a convincing soundscape. Sound effects are subtle. Foley sound effects are effectively realistic. The orchestral score is nicely recorded and occupies a wide and deep soundstage presence that extends to the surrounds. Surround envelopment is subtle with the occasional directionalized sound effects. In a few scenes, rain pounds the dirt and sounds real. On occasion, deep bass is energized and effective. This is, other than the far-forward, non-integrated dialogue, a satisfying but under-achieved soundtrack. (Gary Reber)