WSR Score4.5
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Paramount Home Entertainment
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Strong violence/terror and language
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Jonathan Mostow
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In "Breakdown," Jeff Taylor (Kurt Russell) is headed toward a new life in California with his wife Amy (Kathleen Quinlan) when their Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV dies on a remote highway. A seemingly helpful trucker (J.T. Walsh) offers Amy a ride to the local diner while Jeff waits with the car. Then Jeff discovers his vehicle was deliberately tampered with, and by the time he gets to the next town, his worst fears are about to come true. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary by Director Jonathan Mostow and Actor Kurt Russell; an alternate opening (HD 11:40); an alternate opening with commentary by Mostow (HD 11:53); the featurettes "Filmmaker Focus: Director Jonathan Mostow on Breakdown" (HD 10:46), "Victory Is Hers" (HD 04:22) and "A Brilliant Partnership: Martin De Laurentiis on Breakdown" (HD 08:18); theatrical trailers and a Movies Anywhere digital code.

The 2.35:1 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, upconverted to 2160p with greater resolution and luminance, was photographed on Eastman Kodak film stock in Super 35 using the Arriflex 35 III Moviecam Compact and Arriflex 535 camera systems and sourced from a new director-approved 4K master Digital Intermediate format. Picture quality is excellent. Film grain is virtually absent. Color fidelity is superb with rich and warm natural hues that convey absolute realism. Fleshtones are natural throughout. Contrast is well balanced with natural blacks, revealing shadows and bright white levels. Resolution reveals fine detail throughout including facial features, clothing, vehicles, and object texture. This is a satisfying visual experience throughout. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby TrueHD 5.1-channel soundtrack is dynamic sound with effective sound effects and atmospherics that enhance the tension with directionality in the stereo field and the surrounds. Bass extension is deep with exciting .1 LFE support. The music score is dynamic with a deep bass response. The music occupies a wide and deep soundstage presence, which extends aggressively to the surrounds for effective envelopment. Dialogue is intelligible throughout with good spatial integration. This is a great holosonic® soundtrack with a terrific music score, and spectacular road chase, as well as exciting dynamics. (Gary Reber)