Strange But True

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Lionsgate Home Entertainment
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Mature thematic elements, some violence, suggestive material and brief strong language
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Rowan Athale
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"Strange But True" takes place five years after high schooler Ronnie Chase died in a tragic accident. But the shock of his death is reignited when his ex-girlfriend, Melissa (Qualley) visits Ronnie's mother (Ryan) and brother (Robinson), and tells them she believes she's pregnant with Ronnie's child. Ronnie's family tries to dismiss Melissa's incredible claiim––and is plunged into a web of lies, fears, and unrelenting suspense. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the featurette "Grounded In Reality: Making Strange But True" (HD 16:15), upfront previews and a 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 and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture is on the mediocre side with inconsistent fidelity. Colors tend to be a bit oversaturated and pushed, lacking textural detail. Fleshtones are generally natural in hue. Contrast is reasonably well balanced for the most part, but blacks and shadow levels are crushed and lack detail. Resolution can be quite decent, though, often blurred with over-saturation. Overall, the picture exhibits variable imagery and lacks convincing naturalness. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is decent but not exceptional. Foley sound effects are quite realistic. Atmospherics also are realistic and provide environmental definition, which extends to the surrounds, enhancing the sense of envelopment. Some atmospherics are discretely directionalized but generally subtle. The music score, which occupies a wide soundstage, also extends to the surrounds for envelopment. Dialogue is quite forward sounding and unnatural. Deep bass is most prominent toward the end, especially localized in the haunting music. Overall, this is basically a mediocre soundtrack. (Gary Reber)