Hustle, The

Featured In Issue 243, September 2019

WSR Score3
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In "The Hustle," Josephine Chesterfield (Hathaway) is a glamorous, seductive Brit who defrauds gullible wealthy men. Penny (Wilson) amasses wads of cash by ripping off her marks in neighborhood bars. Despite their different methods, both are masters of the art of the fleece so they con the men that have wronged them. Penny's talent for physicality and Josephine's withering wit are a combustible combination as the pair of scammers pull out the stops to swindle a naive tech billionaire (Sharp). (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary by Director Chris Addison, the featurettes "Hitting The Mark" (HD 04:34), "Comedy Class" (HD 05:50) and "Con artists" (HD 06:31); 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 SXT camera systems and sourced from a 4K master Digital Intermediate format. The imagery is strikingly vivid with a strongly saturated color palette. Primaries are pure. The entire color palette exhibits rich and warm hues. The colors are stunning. Fleshtones retain realistic naturalness. Contrast is excellent with deep, solid blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Bright highlights are striking but natural in intensity. Resolution is excellent in all settings and locations, such as Mallorca. Facial features on the women are soother and softer in appearance, but the men are better focused. Object textures are very finely resolved. This is a most colorful picture with excellent fidelity that is pleasing to watch and appreciate. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 7.1-channel soundtrack is quite lively, with a nicely recorded music score that extends to the four surrounds and envelops the soundfield. Atmospherics are realistic and sound effects are effectively supportive in a comedic sense. The music bounces around reminiscent at times of a cartoon accompaniment. While effects provide effective support, Foley sound effects are well crafted. Overall, though, this remains a dialogue-focused soundtrack. In that sense, dialogue is intelligible throughout, but spatial integration could be a bit better. In essence, this is an enjoyable holosonic® soundtrack with plenty of comedic sonic antics that support the colorful visuals. (Gary Reber)