Father, The

Featured In Issue 255, May/June 2021

WSR Score5
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In "The Father," a man (Hopkins) refuses all assistance from his daughter (Colman) as he ages. As he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind, and even his fabric of his reality. (Gary Reber)

Special features include three deleted scenes (HD 05:58), the featurettes "Homecoming: Making The Father" (HD 07:06) and "Perception Check: Portrait Of The Father" (HD 08:32) and upfront previews.

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 Sony CineAlta Venice camera system and sourced from a 4K master Digital Intermediate format. This is a wonderfully beautiful picture that exhibits realism throughout. Mostly set in a luxury London flat, the interior architectural features and furnishings are rendered in nicely saturated hues with excellent colorful highlights. Fleshtones are perfectly accurate. Contrast is excellent. Resolution also is superb with fine detail exhibited throughout, especially during closeups of facial features. This is a haunting realistic picture that is compelling throughout. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is dialogue focused throughout. What is superb is the realism imparted by the Foley sound effects and the dialogue, which delivers excellent spatial delineation. The music is nicely recorded and spans the soundstage with subtle envelopment in the surrounds. This soundtrack performs its job well and perfectly complements the emotional impact of the storytelling. (Gary Reber)