Bloodhound, The

Featured In Issue 255, May/June 2021

WSR Score3.5
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"The Bloodhound" is a first-time feature directed by Patrick Picard who takes a fresh take to one of the best-known stories from the master of mystery and the macabre, Edgar Allan Poe's "The Fall of the House of Usher." This is a new slow-burner horror-thriller and a hauntingly atmospheric tale. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Director Patrick Picard and Editor David Scorca, the featurette "On the Trail of The Bloodhound: Behind the Scenes of a Modern Chiller" (HD 45:21), four Patrick Picard short films (HD 03:07) and a 14-page descriptive booklet

The 1.66:1 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 is a bit stylized, though, generally colors are warm during the Leuret interior scenes. Fleshtones appear natural. Contrast is on the dimmer side in terms of lighting intensity, but black levels and shadow delineation appear satisfying. Resolution within the home is excellent and depicts detail in furnishings and such. Overall, this is a visually compelling experience. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audioô 5.1-channel soundtrack is quite quiet throughout with the focus on dialogue. The chamber music score provides some lift to the proceedings and subtle surround envelopment. There is a scene of a concert with Mozart music, which livens up the soundtrack with good dynamic contrast. Dialogue is intelligible throughout with generally good spatial integration. This is a slow-moving soundtrack with infrequent bursts of dynamics. (Gary Reber)