The Banshees Of Inisherin

Featured In Issue 265, January/February 2023

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20th Century Studios Home Entertainment/MGM
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In "The Banshees Of Inisherin," although Padraic (Colin Farrell) and Colm (Brendon Gleeson) have been lifelong friends, they find themselves of an impasse when one abruptly ends their relationship, bringing alarming consequences for both of them. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the featurette "Creating The Banshees Of Inisherin" (HD 17:49), five deleted scenes (HD 04:49) and a Movies Anywhere digital copy.

The 2.39:1 1080p picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, was photographed digitally using the Arri Mini LF camera system and sourced from a 4K master Digital Intermediate format. Picture quality is excellent with a vividly natural color palette. Hues are rich and warm with excellent nuanced shadings, Flesh tones are perfectly natural, Contrast is superb with natural black levels, revealing shadow delineation, and natural white illumination. The production design utilizes natural light which results in a beautiful picture that captures the setting perfectly. The locations are astonishing, and both wide vistas and close-ups offer precisely rendered detail levels. Resolution is superb with fine detail exhibited throughout and beautifully captures the wonderful textures of the island settings snd stone and wood structures. Fine facial features such as skin pores, lines, beard stubble and hair are finely resolved. Clothing fabrics are detailed and object textures are realistic throughout. This is a gorgeous picture that is compelling. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1-channel soundtrack is dialogue focused with a heavy Irish accent that for some will benefit from engaging the "for the hearing impaired" to understand. The dialogue is very forward sounding and wanting in spatial integration. Atmospherics are realistic and provide subtle surround envelopment. The occasional sound effect, such as bombs in the distance and a house fire are effective. Foley sound effects are excellent. Carter Burwell's score is nicely recorded and provides subtle envelopment as well. This is a very realistic soundtrack except for the forward dialogue. (Gary Reber)