BLU-RAY REVIEW

Father Stu

Featured In Issue 262, July/August

Picture5
Sound4.5
WSR Score4
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(Studio/Distributor):
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number):
68182
(MPAA Rating):
R
(Rating Reason):
Language throughout
(Retail Price):
$34.99
(Disc Type):
Single Side, Dual Layer (BD-50)
(Widescreen Edition):
Yes
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(Running Time In Minutes):
125
(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):
6/14/2022
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(Director):
Rosalind Ross
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DTS HD Lossless 5.1
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Based on a true story, "Father Stu" is an honest, funny and uplifting story about finding purpose in a most unexpected place. After surveying a terrible motorcycle accident, Stuart Long (Mark Wahlberg) wonders if he can use his second chance to help others find their way –– and leads this former amateur boxer to the surprising realization that he is meant to be a Catholic priest. Despite a devastating health crisis and the skepticism of church officials and his estranged parents (Mel Gibson and Jacki Weaver), Stu pursues his vocation with courage and compassion, inspiring not only those closest to him, but countless others along the way. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the featurette "You Don't Know Stu: More About Father Stuart Long" HD 11:05), seven deleted scenes (HD 11:54), upfront previeww 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 in anamorphic Panavision® using the Red Camera system and sourced from a 4K master Digital Intermediate format. Picture quality is generally good with natural imagery. Color fidelity is naturally saturated. Flesh tones are perfectly natural. Contrast is good. Black levels appear deep and natural. Shadows are revealing, Highlights appear naturally illuminated. Resolution is excellent with fine detail exhibited throughout. Facial features exhibits skin pores, lines, beards, mustaches and hair. Clothes are finely resolved. Object textures are finely resolved. This is a fine picture presentation that appears natural throughout. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1-channel soundtrack while dialogue focused has dramatic moments of dynamics with solid bass enhancement. An accident is a perfect example of bass enhancement to heighten tensions. Dialogue is intelligible with generally good spatial integration. Foley sound effects are perfectly synchronized. The music has a country flavor and well recorded with a wide and deep sooundstage presence that aggressively extends to the surrounds. This is a well crafted soundtrack. (Gary Reber)