High Note, The

Featured In Issue 251, August/September 2020

WSR Score5
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"The High Note" is set in the dazzling world of the L.A. music scene. This is the story of Grace Davis (Ross), a superstar whose talent, and ego, have reached unbelievable heights. Maggie (Johnson) is Grace's overworked personal assistant who's stuck running errands but still aspires to her childhood dream of becoming a music producer. When Grace's manager (Ice Cube) presents her with a choice that could alter the course of her career, Grace must choose between playing it safe or listening to her heart in a decision that could change her life forever. (Gary Reber)

Special features include 15 deleted/alternate/extended scenes (HD 25:48), the featurettes "The Dream Team: Inside The Creation Of The High Note" (HD 05:16) and "Making A Legend: The Grace Davis Story" (HD 04:04), the "Like I Do" original song music video (HD 03:08) and a Movies Anywhere 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 digitally using the Arri Alexa 65 with a source resolution of 6.5K and sourced from a 4K master Digital Intermediate format. Picture quality is excellent. Color fidelity exhibits naturalness throughout with nicely saturated hues, which are intensified during the concert segments. Colors at times pop with strong primaries. Contrast is well balanced with deep blacks, natural shadow depth and highlights. Brilliant lighting visually energies the concert segments. Resolution is superb with sharp imagery throughout. Fine detail is inherent in facial features, complexions, beards, hair, clothing and object textures displayed in environments and backgrounds. This is a very pleasing visual experience that is engaging throughout. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 7.1-channel soundtrack delivers excellent fidelity, especially when the music comes alive and is loud. The music is nicely produced with dynamic intensity and powerful tight deep bass that hammers the soundfield. Atmospherics are realistic. Sound effects are supported but not forward sounding or attention grabbing. Foley sound effects are excellent and enhance the realism of the settings. Dialogue is perfectly integrated spatially. All around, this is a terrific holosonic® soundtrack with great-sounding and dynamic music interludes. Everyone will feel very good about this. (Gary Reber)