In "The Upside," recently patoled ex-convict Dell Scott (Hart) strikes up an unusual and unlikely friendship with a quadriplegic billionaire, Phillip Lacasse (Cranston). From worlds apart, Dell and Phillip form an unlikely bond, bridging their differences and gaining invaluable wisdom in the process, giving each man a renewed sense of passion for all of life's possibilities. Based on a true story. (Gary Reber)
Special features include five featurettes: "Onscreen Chemistry: Kevin and Bryan" (HD 01:02), "Creating A Story Of Possibility" (HD 0:45), "Bridging Divisions" (HD 0:44), "Embracing Positivity" (HD 0:41) and "Presenting A Different Side Of Kevin Hart" (HD 0:48); two deleted scenes (HD 02:21); a gag reel (HD 03:16); the theatrical trailer; upfront previews and a Movies Anywhere digital code.
The 1.85:1 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 4K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture's color fidelity is excellent, with rich hues and naturally hued fleshtones. Hue shadings are nicely imaged. Resolution also is excellent. Fine textural resolution reveals complex facial features such as skin pores and facial hair. Other facial attributes are well defined, as well as all manner of object texture. Philip's home and other locations, both interiors and exteriors, are sharp and clear. Contrast is good with deep black levels and low-light shadow delineation. Spotlighting is effective and never exaggerated. This is a visually captivating picture with effective image sharpness and clarity, as well as natural color saturation. (Gary Reber)
The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is dialogue-centric and sounding very forward with a prominent presence, though, wanting in spatial integration. The music often drives the soundtrack and is comprised of operatic selections contrasted with the soul stylings of Aretha Franklin and the presence of orchestral compositions featuring piano. Fidelity is excellent as well as extension to the surround channels. Atmospherics, as well as the occasional sound effect and Foley sound effects are effectively realistic. Bass sounds natural and provides dynamic weight to the proceedings. Surround energy complements the atmospherics, sound effects, and the music. In one scene the applause following a live opera nicely envelops the soundfield. Overall, this is a well-crafted soundtrack that delivers excellent clarity and definition. (Gary Reber)