BLU-RAY REVIEW

Songbird

Picture4.5
Sound4.5
WSR Score3.5
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(Studio/Distributor):
Universal Studios Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number):
642151650
(MPAA Rating):
PG-13
(Rating Reason):
Violence, including some bloody images, sexual material, partial nudity and some strong languae
(Retail Price):
$34.98
(Disc Type):
Single Side, Dual Layer (BD-50)
(Widescreen Edition):
Yes
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(Running Time In Minutes):
85
(Color Type):
Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access):
Yes
(Closed Captioned):
Yes
(Regional Coding):
A
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(Theatrical Release):
Yes
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(Disc Release Date):
3/16/2021
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(Director):
Adam Mason
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DTS HD Lossless 5.1
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In "Songbird," a devastating pandemic ravages the world and the United States is in its fourth year of lockdown. Infected Americans are ripped from their homes and forced into quarantine camps known as Q-Zones, from which there is no escape, as a few brave souls fight back against the forces of oppression. Amid this dystopian landscape, a fearless courier, Nico (Apa), who's immune to the deadly pathogen, finds hope and love with Sara (Carson), though, her lockdown prohibits them from physical contact. When Sara is believed to have become infected, Nico races desperately across the barren streets of Los Angeles in search of the only thing that can save her from imprisonment... or worse. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Director/Co-Writer Adam Mason, 18 deleted scenes (HD 44:59), the featurettes "The Story Of Songbird" (HD 43:59) and "The Making Of 'Kingdom'" (HD 04:07), a "Kingdom" promo video (HD 03:17) 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 Red Komodo camera system and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture exhibits a gritty roughish appearance with an overall softness to the imagery. The color palette is saturated and stylized with visual effects. Resolution could be sharper but as is the pictures is filmic. This is a satisfying visual experience that does not disappoint. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audioô 5.1-channel soundtrack projects natural sound effects, such as Nico's motorcycles sounds and door poundings. Atmospherics are subtle but realistic. The orchestral/synthesizer score is aggressive across the soundstage with extended surround envelopment. Low-frequency content in the music is deep and powerful, as well as very directionalized. Dialogue is clear and intelligible with good spatial integration. This is a well-crafted soundtrack with eerie sound effects and dynamic music that is hauntingly supportive. (Gary Reber)