Featured In Issue 258, November/December 2021

WSR Score5
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Liesl Tommy
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Dolby Atmos, Dolby TrueHD 7.1
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"Respect" is the remarkable journey of the music icon Aretha Franklin's path to find her voice. The story follows the rise of her career from a child singing in her father's church to her international superstardom. (Gary Reber)

Special features include five featurettes: "The Making Of Respect" (HD 07:20), "Becoming Aretha" (HD 04:42), "Capturing A Legacy" (HD 03:49), "From Muscle Shoals" (HD 02:57) and "Exploring The Design Of Respect" (HD 03:37); 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 on Kodak Vision3 16 mm film stock in anamorphic Panavision® using the Arri Alexa LF,| Arri Alexa Mini LF, Arriflex 16 BL and Arriflex 16 SR3 camera systems and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture is absolutely gorgeous with wonderful cinematography. Color fidelity is superb with rich and warm hues that project an incredibly beautiful cinematic experience. Colors melt on the screen with such beautiful gloriousness. Fleshtones are perfectly captured and natural in appearance. Contrast is excellent with warm dynamic impact. Back levels are perfectly natural with revealing shadow delineation. White levels are natural throughout. The black-and-white segments are superb. Resolution is excellent throughout. Facial features exhibit fine detail in complexions, skin tones, and hair. Clothing textures are vivid, Object textures evoke realism. This is a wonderfully beautiful visual experience that will thrill home theatre enthusiasts. Reference quality. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1-channel soundtrack delivers excellent fidelity and dynamics, whether with dialogue or the wonderful music recordings. Dialogue is always intelligible and for the most part displays good spatial integration. The singing throughout is wonderful as well as the musical accompaniment. Atmospherics are realistic and sound effects enhance the more violent episodes. But the main focus is the music performances that are recorded so magnificently.

The Immersive Sound element is limited to periodic music segments and singing, which is nuanced and subtle. This is unfortunately an unfulfilling height layer rendering, which is absent so much realization of the inherent potential. Yet the ear-level foundation is superb.

This is a wonderful holosonic® ear-level soundtrack driven by the music and singing with superb fidelity throughout. (Gary Reber)