Featured In Issue 249, April/May 2020

WSR Score4
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Lionsgate Home Entertainment
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Sexual material and language throughout
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Jay Roach
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"Bombshell" is the provocative real story of three whip-smart, ambitious, strong women who anchored one of America's most powerful news networks––becoming headlines themselves when they risked everything to stand up to the man who made them famous. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the seven-part documentary "No Easy Truths" (HD 01:34:08), the theatrical trailer, 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 using the Arri Alexa Mini camera system and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture is eye-catching with a realistic production design. The color palette exhibits natural hues with strong saturation. Fleshtones are naturally hued. Contrast is well balanced with revealing shadow delineation and deep blacks. Highlights are naturally illuminated with punch. Resolution is excellent and revealing of fine details in fabrics, objects, interiors and facial features. Facial makeup is often revealing during closeups. This is a colorful, visually engaging picture that effectively presents the visual medium that is the subject of the movie. (Gary Reber)

The lossy Dolby Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack is decent sounding as it is virtually all dialogue with subtle ambience providing background references. There was no explanation as to why the soundtrack was lossy rendered instead of discretely, such as DTS-HD Master Audio™ or Dolby TrueHD. Surround envelopment is subtle but dimensional in portraying the Fox News studios and office interiors and citizen protests in front of the building. Bass response is reserved for the music, which is nicely recorded and serves as an effective background complement. Dialogue is intelligible throughout and generally well integrated spatially. In one brief segment, womens' voices are aggressively directionalized around the soundfield. This is a satisfying soundtrack that works well for the storytelling. (Gary Reber)