Survive The Night

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Lionsgate Home Entertainment
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"Survive The Night" is a gripping home-invasion thriller. After two brothers commit a robbery that goes wrong, one of them, Mathias (Olson), is mortally wounded, forcing sibling Jamie (Buckner) to stalk a trauma doctor named Rich (Murray) from the hospital to his home. While holding Rich's wife and daughter hostage, Jamie forces Rich to operate on Mathias. For the family to survive the night, Rich must team up with his estranged tough-as-nails father, retired sheriff Frank (Willis), in order to gain the upper hand and turn the tables on the criminals. (Gary Reber)

Special features include a making-of featurette (HD 10:00), Director/Cast interviews (HD 32:22), the trailer, upfront previews and a digital code.

The 2.00:1 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 camera system and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture overall is dark as the setting is at night. Black levels are decent, and shadow delineation is generally good with shadow levels that reveal. There is an overall tint to the color palette, which creates a brownish tone to the imagery, particularly evident in the criminal face tones. Blood appears very dark, but other colors appear generally natural. Daylight scenes sport natural greens and generally natural objects and textures. Contrast is good, given the dark setting, and spot lighting and effects enhance the dark setting. Resolution is generally good, especially closeups of character facial features and clothing. Object texture is good. Dimensional depth is quite good as well. This is a nicely crafted picture that is visually engaging. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is driven by a dynamic and powerful orchestral/synthesizer score that permeates the proceedings. Sound effects are the normal for a thriller with enhance bass energy. The thunderstorm and rain are powerful and energize the soundfield. Rain effects are very effective as a sound effect. Atmospherics are realistic but essentially frontal focused, except for the sound of night insects, even birds, though, birds in real life don't chirp. Daylight-scene atmospherics are more realistic. These atmospherics occur when the exterior of the big house are within the scenes. Foley sound effects also enhance the realism of the sonics. At times, deep bass extends to sub-25 Hz frequencies. Gunfire is intense throughout. A car chase is also sonically intense. Dialogue is forceful but generally well integrated spatially. This is an overall effectively enjoyable soundtrack. (Gary Reber)