To Die For 4K Ultra HD

WSR Score5
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The Criterion Collection
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In "To Die For," a beautiful but na´ve aspiring television personality films a documentary on teenagers with a darker ulterior motive. (Gary Reber

Special features include commentary with Director Gus Van Sant, Editor Curtiss Clayton, and Director of Photography Eric Alan Edwards.

The 1.85:1 2160p HEVC/H.265 4K Ultra HD Dolby Vision/HDR10 picture, reviewed on a VIZIO Quantum X P85QX-JI UHD/HDR display was photograph on 35mm film stock and sourced from a 4K Digital Intermediate. The release features a new 4K restoration of To Die For which was approved by Director Gus Van Sant and Director of Photography Eric Alan Edwards. Film grain is very fine and never objectionable. Picture quality is superb and exhibits a wonderfully colorful palette with warm and rich hues. Primaries are strong and well balanced with lush characteristics. The spectrum of hues exhibit nuance shadings. Every scene displays impressive realism and clarity, and excellent production design with depth. Flesh tones are perfectly natural. HDR contrast is superb with bright white levels, good shadow delineation and deep black levels. Resolution is superb. Facial features are finely detailed such a makeup, skin pores, lines and hair. Clothing exhibits fine detail down to the threads. Object textures are sharp and realistic. This is a wonderful cinematic visual experience that is the definitive reference for this classic. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1-channel soundtrack is dialogue focused. Atmospherics are realistic throughout and enhance the soundstage dimension. Stereo dimensionality is excellent with a wide soundstage. Sound effects also are very realistic and supportive. The orchestral score occupies a wide and deep soundstage that extends aggressively to the surrounds. Surround envelopment is dimensional. Bass sounds deep and not exaggerated. Dialogue is intelligible throughout with generally good spatial integration. This is a well crafted holosonic« soundtrack that effectively supports the storyline. (Gary Reber)