The Menu

Featured In Issue 265, January/February 2023

WSR Score3.5
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20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
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Strong/disturbing violent content, language throughout, nd some sexual references
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In "The Menu," a young couple (Anya Taylor-Joy and Nicholas Heult) travels to an exclusive island restaurant where the chef (Ralph Fiennes) has prepares a pricey lavish munu. But it soon becomes clear that the dinner guests are about to be served some shocking surprises. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the featurette "Open Kitchen: A Look Inside The Munu" (HD 17:21), three deleted scenes (HD 04:56) 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 using Panavision cameras and sourced from a 4K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture at times exhibits a bit of harshness to the imagery Otherwise, the imagery is generally natural, Color fidelity is generally natural with convincing flesh tones. Contrast is generally good with revealing shadow delineation and good black levels. White levels appear natural as well. Yet there is this veil of digital imagery. Resolution is good with fine detail exhibited in facial features, clothing and object texture. Overall, the imagery is satisfying with good color fidelity. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack is dialogue focused but dialogue is rather forward sounding and wanting in spatial integration. The orchestral/choral score envelops the soundfield with an aggressive presence. There is a deep bass foundation to the soundtrack, which enhances the sense of suspense. Sound effects such as an explosion sound realistic as well as atmospherics. Foley sound effects are perfectly synced. Surround activity is generally subtle with the occasional spike in energy, which enhances spatial dimensionality. This a suspenseful sounding soundtrack built around the preparation and serving of food courses at Hawthorne with ab eerie sense of pending death. (Gary Reber)