The Minute You Wake Up Dead

Featured In Issue 265, January/February 2023

WSR Score3.5
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Lionsgate Home Entertainment
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Michael Mailer
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"The Minute You Wake Up Dead" is a sexy, riveting noir thriller. After a shady small-town stockbroker begins dating a shy waitress, a shocking murder takes place––and one of them may be responsible. As word spreads that there's money behind the killing, every criminal in town wants their share of the cash. One plot twist follows another, and a bloody showdown leads to a mind--blowing finale. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the trailer.

The 2.39:1 1080p picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, was photographed digitally and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture appears natural with a realistic color palette and natural flesh tones throughout. Contrast is well balanced with deep blacks, revealing shadows and generally natural white levels. Resolution is excellent with fine facial features such as lines and skin pores, hair and beards nicely defined. Clothing is resolved as is object texture, This is a low budget production but realistic. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1-channel soundtrack is dialogue focused with generally natural spatial integration. The orchestral score is quite prominent in nearly every scene. The music is well recorded with a wide and deep soundstage that aggressively extends to the surrounds. Atmospherics sound realistic as do sound effects such an moving cars and gunfire.This is an engaging soundtrack that builds with intensity. (Gary Reber)