BLU-RAY REVIEW

Card Counter, The

Featured In Issue 260, March/April 2022

Picture4.5
Sound4.5
WSR Score4
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(Studio/Distributor):
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number):
1962214971
(MPAA Rating):
R
(Rating Reason):
Some disturbing violence, graphic nudity, language and brie sexuality
(Retail Price):
$34.98
(Disc Type):
Single Side, Dual Layer (BD-50)
(Widescreen Edition):
Yes
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(Running Time In Minutes):
111
(Color Type):
Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access):
Yes
(Closed Captioned):
Yes
(Regional Coding):
A
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(Theatrical Release):
Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release):
No
(Disc Release Date):
12/14/2021
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(Director):
Paul Schrader
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(Disc Soundtrack):
DTS HD Lossless 5.1
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In "The Card Counter," an ex-military interrogator turned gambler is haunted by the ghosts of his past decisions. Redemption is the long game. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the featurette "A High-Stakes World" (HD 05:13) 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 using the Arri Alexa LF camera system and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture exhibits a natural color palette with a backdrop of various gambling casino environments and motel rooms that William stays in. In one scene, there is a city of colorful lights that pop on screen. The imagery is nicely saturated to exhibit realism throughout. Flesh tones are natural in appearance. Contrast is excellent with solid black levels, revealing shadows and effective lighting effects that are colorful. Resolution is excellent with fine detail exhibited in facial features such as hair, beard stubble, and skin complexions. Some of the imagery is stylized to create action of his past in the military interrogation unit and in a military prison. This is a haunting visual experience that is compelling. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audioô 5.1-channel soundtrack is dialogue focused with excellent spatial integration. The sound of gambling casinos is perfectly realistic. Atmospherics enhance the realism. Some sound effects enhance story intensities as they unfold. The music score is a haunting affair with a wide and deep soundstage and extension to the surrounds. Bass extension in the music is deep but natural sounding. This is a satisfying soundtrack that perfectly complements the story. (Gary Reber)