Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody

Featured In Issue 266, March/April 2023

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"Whitney Houston: I Wanna Dance With Somebody" is a no-holds-barred portrait of the complex and multifaceted woman behind The Voice, played by Naomi Ackie. From New Jersey choir girl to one of the best-selling and most awarded recording artists of all time, audiences are taken on an inspirational , poignant––and emotional––journey through Houston's trailblazing life and career, with show-stopping performances and a soundtrack of the icon's most beloved hit. (Gary Reber)

Special features include "Whitney's Jukebox," a behind-the-scenes featurette (HD 20:35), six deleted scenes (HD 07:44), upfront previews and a Movies Anywhere digital copy.

The 2.39:1 1080p picture, reviewed on a VIZIO Quantum X P85QX-JI UHD/HDR display, was photographed digitally in anamorphic Atlas Scope using the Arri Alexa Mini LF camera system and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The performance imagery is stylish and glamourous. The imagery is natural in appearance. Costume design excels and is often glamourous. Flesh tones appear perfectly natural. Contrast is well balanced with bright white highlights, revealing shadows and solid black levels. Resolution is excellent and exhibited realism in facial features, clothing and production design. This is a good looking picture and exhibits realism throughout. (Gary Reber)

The DTS=HD Master Audio 5.1-channel soundtrack is dynamic sounding in parts, for example as Whitney (Naomi Ackie) sings The Nation Anthem at The Super Bowl, with augmented jets flying over sounds dynamic. Dialogue is a major sound element which sounds at times as wanting in spatial integration. Otherwise the dialogue is intelligible throughout. The music segments are well produced and recorded with good dynamics and a wide soundstage that extends to the surrounds for aggressive envelopment. Atmospherics and Foley sound effects project realism. Overall, this is a well produced and good sounding soundtrack that is sure to please Whitney Houston fans. (Gary Reber)