Little Women

Featured In Issue 249, April/May 2020

WSR Score4.5
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"Little Women" is a fresh, unique and modern adaptation of the timeless Louisa May Alcott novel. The story unfolds as the author's alter ego, Jo March (Ronan), reflects back and forth on her fictional life. This is the story of the March sisters, Jo, Meg (Watson), Amy (Pugh) and Beth (Scanlen)––four young women each determined to live life on their own terms. (Gary Reber)

Special features include six featurettes: "A New Generation Of Little Women" (HD 12:52), "Making A Modern Classic" (HD 09:02), "Greta Gerwig: Women Making Art" (HD 09:22), "Hair & Make-Up Test Sequence" (HD 02:58), "Little Women Behind The Scenes" (HD03:25) and "Orchard House, Home Of Louisa May Alcott" (HD 10:07), upfront previews and a MoviesAnytime digital code.

The 1.85:1 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, upconverted to 2160p with greater resolution and luminance, was photographed on Kodak Vision film stock using Arricam LT and ST camera systems and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. Picture quality is excellent and is supported by a fantastic, realistic production design, which exhibits tremendous textural imagery. Color fidelity is superb with perfect saturated hues that exhibit warmth and richness. Costume design is eye-catching and exhibits a canopy of textural woven colors. The settings are often spectacular and perfectly natural. Fleshtones are accurately rendered. Contrast is perfectly balanced with deep blacks seen in men's attire, reveling shadow delineation, and nicely illuminated highlights. Resolution is precise, especially as seen in exquisite costume nuances and interior furnishings. Facial features are finely detailed such as skin pores and hair. This is a very vibrant and colorful picture that delivers a delightful reference visual experience. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is lively with realistic atmospherics and sound effects. The orchestral score and featured solo piano sequences completely envelop the soundfield with lively and directionalized surrounds. Background sonics at times are also directionalized. Deep bass is not really present, except for one sequence, but the weight of the sound elements are realistic sounding. Dialogue is intelligible but often ADR produced and wanting in spatial delineation. This is a very active dialogue-focused soundtrack supported with holosonic® atmospherics and music envelopment. (Gary Reber)