Witch, The: Subversion

Featured In Issue 249, April/May 2020

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"The Witch: Subversion" (Kim Da-mi) tells the story of a young girl who lives with her adoptive parents. Ten years ago, Ja-yoon escaped from a secret government facility in the midst of an inexplicable incident. An old couple finds her alone near death in the woods and takes her in even though she has no memory of who she is or how she got there. She grows up to be a bright high school student and enters a nationally televised audition program to win the top prize and help her struggling family. But as soon as she appears on TV, strange people start appearing in her life and Ja-yoon falls into turmoil as her seemingly ordinary life turns upside down in the blink of an eye... (Gary Reber)

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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 delivers a non-exaggerated but natural color palette that at times appears a bit desaturated. Outdoor scenes exhibit a brighter, more natural color palette. The blood and guts segments are vivid and visually arresting. For the most part, hues are emphasized in blues, which during darker scenes hides detail. Resolution enjoys a more nuanced detail during the non-stylized normal segments Contrast is in the darker vein with deep blacks. Overall, this is a visually engaging visual experience that will please fans of this horror genre. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack, with the exception of the opening and ending segments, is absent a strong and powerful bass presence. But when activated, the sound can be inflated. Sound effects, including gunfire, are at times powerful and effectively positioned for effect. Atmospherics and environmental effects are realistic sounding. Dialogue is spatially integrated. The music serves as a background element but is effectively haunting. Overall, this is an effectively engaging soundtrack. (Gary Reber)