"The Last Black Man In San Francisco" is a poignant and sweeping story of hometowns and how they're made—and kept alive—by people who love them. After Jimmie enlists his best friend Mont to help reclaim the Victorian home his grandfather built in the heart of San Francisco, they begin a search for belonging in a rapidly changing city that seems to have left them behind. This is a wistful odyssey populated by skaters, squatters, street preachers, playwrights and other locals on the margins. (Gary Reber)
Special features include commentary by Writer-Director Joe Talbot, the featurette "Ode To The City: Finding The Last Black Man In San Francisco" (HD 11:02), trailers, upfront previews and a digital code.
The 1.66:1 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 exhibits very natural imagery with excellent color fidelity. Hues are rich and warm. The wood flooring and accents in the old house are warm and realistic. The imagery is natural. Contrast is nicely balanced and exhibits deep blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Resolution is very good with object textures nicely defined. Faces, especially during close-ups, are revealing of all manner of features. Clothes are well defined. This is a compelling visual experience with unusually creative cinematography. (Gary Reber)
The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack features an exceptional dialogue track that integrates extremely well spatially as it relates to the settings in which people talk. The San Francisco settings are set with nuanced atmospherics. The music score, which features interesting instrumentations, singing and a men's chorus, is unusually creative and supportive. Fidelity throughout is superb, and the sound extends wide and deep across the soundstage and extends aggressively to the surrounds. This is a captivating holosonic® soundtrack experience. (Gary Reber)