Mauritanian, The

Featured In Issue 255, May/June 2021

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In "The Mauritanian," Nancy Hollander (Foster) is Slahi's tenacious defense attorney turned ally. The story is an unapologetic look at the United States justice system. Based on the memoir Guantanamo Diary by Mohamedou Ould Slahi. (Gary Reber)

Special features include an alternate opening (HD 01:15), five deleted scenes (HD 04:46), the featurettes "Behind The Scenes" (HD 02:47) and "A Look At Director Kevin Macdonald" (HD 01:26), upfront previews 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 4K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture is extremely natural with a generally bright presence. Color fidelity is natural throughout with rich hues that are perfectly saturated. The Guantanamo Bay scenes are often backdropped with beautiful ocean shades and reflections and white beaches. Fleshtones are perfectly accurate. Contrast is excellent with bright highlights, natural blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Resolution is superb. Facial features, especially during closeups, reveal complexions, skin pores, lines, fine hair and beards. Clothing is revealing and realistic, such as the military uniforms. Object textures throughout reveal fine textures, such as the metal doors in the prison and the intricate textures in Slahi's homeland. This is an impressive and naturally saturated picture that is reference quality. (Gary Rebere)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is dialogue focused but with plenty of realistic atmospherics and sound effects that deliver dynamic sonic realism. The shifting back and forth between the Guantanamo Bay prison complex and the attorney's and government offices is well defined sonically. Surround energy is excellent with a holosonic® presence. The orchestral score is prominent as a sound element with a wide and deep soundstage presence that extends to the surrounds. Deep bass is natural sounding and effective as a dynamic element. In one prison scene, the surrounds are intense with loud noises, horn sounds, and sounds of mayhem, Dialogue is intelligible with generally good spatial integration. This is a compelling soundtrack with impressive realism. (Gary Reber)