Burnt Orange Heresy, The

Featured In Issue 253, January/February 2021

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Giuseppe Capotondi
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In "The Burnt Orange Heresy," charming and ambitious art critic, James Figueras (Bang), has fallen from grace. He spends his days in Milan lecturing witless tourists about art history. His only glimmer of hope is a newfound love interest, the enigmatic American, Berenice Hollis (Debicki). An opportunity strikes when he is contacted by wealthy art dealer Joseph Cassidy (Jagger) who summons James to his villa on Lake Como and asks him to steal a painting from the legendary reclusive artist, Jerome Debney (Sutherland). Soon, James' greed and ambition get the better of him, and he finds himself caught in a web of his own making. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Director Giuseppe Capotondi, a behind-the-scenes featurette, 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 and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The color palette appears natural throughout The greens of the grass and vegetation surrounding the villa are vivid and beautiful. Hues appear accurate in clothing textures and the brief glimpses of actual artwork. Contrast is good with effective cinematography and lighting effects. Blacks are deep and shadow delineation is revealing. Fleshtones are natural throughout. Resolution is excellent with fine detail exhibited in facial features and lines, hair, beards, skin pores, clothing fabrics, and object textures. Textural clarity and sharpness is excellent around and in Cassidy's estate and within Debney's cottage. Overall, this is a pleasing visual experience. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is dialogue focused with superb spatial integration during interior scenes, but ADR outside is a bit unclear when Donald Sutherland speaks. Atmospherics and sound effects are generally supportive such as bird and wind sounds around Cassidy's estate. Deep bass is at times an undercurrent to the suspense. The orchestral music is enveloping, extending wide and deep across the soundstage and beyond with a subtle surround presence. Overall, this is a satisfyingly crafted soundtrack. (Gary Reber)