Hunt, The

Featured In Issue 251, August/September 2020

WSR Score3.5
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Universal Studios Home Entertainment
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"The Hunt" is a subversive satire in which a group of elites gather for the very first time at a remote Manor House to hunt 12 ordinary Americans for sport. But the elites' master plan is about to be derailed because one of The Hunted, Crystal (Gilpin), knows The Hunters' game better than they do. She turns the tables on the killers, picking them off one by one as she makes her way toward the mysterious woman (Swank) at the center of it all. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the featurettes "Crafting The Hunt" (HD 05:04), "Death Scene Breakdowns" (HD 02:36) and "Athena vs Crystal: Hunter Or Hunted" (HD 02:42) 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 Sony CineAlta Venice camera system and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture appears natural, especially the rural outdoors.The night scenes and bunker scenes exhibit good shadow delineation. Color fidelity is good with earthy browns and normal interior hues. Fleshtones appear natural. Resolution is soft with a light layer of digital noise. Contrast is good, with deep blacks and shadows. Bright, natural lighting, highlights and spot lighting create dramatic visuals. Overall, this is satisfying picture in an intense thriller/horrific genre. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 7.1-channel soundtrack is bombast in the actual killings with powerful gunfire throughout, enhanced with deep bass enforcement. The orchestral score is powerful and extends wide and deep, and provides effective surround envelopment. Gunfire is prevalent and powerful. Atmospherics are effectively realistic, Sound effects such as a train and various vehicles and the one-on-one Manor fighting and resulting debris are strong in effect. Bass extension is often powerful. The music under the end credits is especially dynamic and bass powerful and well worth listening to. Dialogue is quite forward and wanting in spatial integration. Overall, the soundtrack is dynamic sounding with an effective bass foundation. (Gary Reber)