The Kitchen

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"The Kitchen" is about the Irish mafia, who between 8th Avenue and the Hudson River runs 20 blocks of a tough New York City neighborhood known as Hell's Kitchen. But for mob wives Kathy (McCarthy), Ruby (Haddish) and Claire (Moss), things are about to take a dramatic and radical turn. When the FBI sends their husbands to prison, the three women take business into their own hands by running the rackets and taking out the competition. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the featurettes "Running Hell's Kitchen" (HD 09:01) and "Taking Over The Neighborhood" (HD 05:22), a deleted scene (HD 01:25), 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 Arri Alexa SXT, and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The imagery is perfectly natural with a vividly rich and warm color palette. Primaries are strong and nicely rendered within settings that are often on the darker side. Fleshtones are perfectly natural throughout. Everything looks natural and respectfully characteristic of the period. Contrast is well balanced with natural daylight intensities, deep blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Resolution is excellent. Fine detail is evident throughout in both backgrounds and foregrounds. This is a sharp and pleasing picture that looks great with an effective period feel. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is nicely crafted with convincing atmospherics that give the imagery legitimacy within the city settings. Sound effects are supported with bass accents. Overall bass extension is deep and natural with added .1 LFE support energy. The music score is great and delivers pleasing support with an effective bass foundation. The music spans the soundstage and extends to the surrounds to envelop the soundfield. Overall atmospheric ambience is also effective in delineating the soundscapes. Foley sound effects are executed well. Dialogue is clean, clear, and generally well integrated spatially, though, at times is a bit forward sounding. This is a pleasing holosonic® soundtrack with moments of intensity that energizes the soundfield. (Gary Reber)