Old 4K Ultra HD

Featured In Issue 257, September/October 2021

WSR Score4
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Strong violence, disturbing images, suggestive content, partial nudity and brief strong language
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M. Night Shyamalan
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Dolby Atmos, Dolby TrueHD 7.1
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"Old" is a chilling, mysterious thriller that follows a family on a tropical holiday who discover that the secluded beach where they are relaxing for a few hours is somehow causing them to age
rapidly—reducing their entire lives into a single day. (Gary Reber)

Special features include 10 deleted scenes (HD 08:16); the feaurettes: "Shyamalan Family Business" (HD 08:05), "All The Beach Is A Stage" (HD 09:37), "Nightmare In Paradise" (HD 07:27) and "A Family In The Moment" (HD 06:18); upfront previews and a Movies Anywhere digital code.

The 2.39:1 2160p HEVC/H.265 Ultra HD Dolby Vision/HDR10 picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, was photographed on Kodak Vision3 film stock using the Arricam LT and Arricam ST camera systems and sourced from a 4K master Digital Intermediate format. Film grain is fine and never objectionable. Picture quality is excellent with natural beach, earthy rock formations, sea waves, and blue and cloudy skies––all perfectly realistic. Hues are naturally saturated. Color depth enhances the vividness of the imagery in the bright, sunlit beach location. Fleshtones are perfectly natural throughout with varying complexions that are revealing of fine nuanced detail, such as signs of aging. HDR contrast exhibits natural black levels, revealing shadow delineation within the interior of the rock formation, and natural illumination. Resolution is excellent with fine detail revealed in the surrounding beach setting, clothing, swim suits and beach gear, and in the rock formations. This is a beautifully satisfying visual experience is nicely cinematic. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby Atmos/Dollby TrueHD 7.1-channel soundtrack reflects the sound of the sea waves washing constantly onto the sandy beach, fine atmospherics, eerie sound effects and dialogue. The waves are realistic as they wash ashore and provide effective envelopment throughout the soundfield. The orchestral synthesizer score is virtually constantly providing a haunting effect, enhanced at times with deep bass. Deep bass captures the natural extension of the wave action and an underwater scene toward the ending of the film. The music spreads wide and deep within the soundstage with extension to the four surrounds. Dialogue is the focus and at times is directionalized in the surrounds. Dialogue is ADR much of the time but generally with acceptable spatial integration.

The Immersive Sound element is comprised of effective environmental atmospherics such as birds chirping, sounds of people chattering in the resort lobby, eerie sounds in the path through the rocks, periodic sounds of waves, dripping water, a synthesizer sound within rock formations, a crackling sound, sound effects with subtle music, wave bubbles, wind, a woman's screams, dialogue in rock formations, laboratory ambience, a helicopter and other minor effects all are generally subtle in effect but contribute to the realism of the beach and resort setting.

This is a realistically satisfying holosonic® spherical surround soundtrack. (Gary Reber)