Quigley Down Under 4K Ultra HD

Featured In Issue 272, March/April

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In "Quigley Down Under," sharpshooter Matt Quigley (Tom Selleck) is hired from America by an Australian rancher Elliot Marsten (Alan Rickman). When Quigley arrives in Australia with nothing more than his prized six-foot Sharps rifle, he discovers that Marsten isn’t interested in shooting wild dogs. He wants Quigley to hunt down and murder the Aboriginal people who live around his ranch, shooting them at a distance. Quigley takes exception to this and leaves. The rancher tries to kill him for refusing, and Quigley escapes into the brush with a young woman named Cora (Laura San Giacomo) who he rescued from some of the rancher's men, and are helped by aborigines. Quigley returns the help, before going on to destroy all his enemies. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the featurettes "Finding Crazy Cora – Interview With Laura San Giacomo" (HD 17:51), "This One Shoots A Mite Further" (HD 23:09) and "The Rebirth Of A Western" (HD 07:14), theatrical trailer and TV spots.

The 2.35:1 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 in anamorphic Panavision® and sourced from a 4K Digital Intermediate. Grain is smooth and virtually non-existent. Picture quality is superb. The color palette is vibrant with vivid hues throughout. Primaries are well balanced and warm. The Australian desert is rich in orange earth colors and mountainous landscapes spotted with green foliage. Clothing and gear are perfectly natural in color. Flesh tones are healthy with tan complexions. HDR contrast is excellent with bright daylight and dark nights that exhibit natural white levels and deep blacks. Shadow delineation is visually revealing. Resolution exhibits sharpness and clarity throughout, Detail is finely resolved in facial features, especially during closeups. Clothing detail is outstanding as are object textures. This a very colorful western that is bright and with excellent contrast and represents the definitive version of the film. (Gary Reber)

The stereo DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0-channel soundtrack delivers a wide and deep soundstage that delivers excellent phantom center imaging. Atmospherics are fully realistic with all manner of western down under sonics. Foley sound effects also are realistic with galloping horses and gunfire. Foley sound effects are precise. Basil Poledouris' orchestral score is quite western sounding and impressively extends out to the sides of the front loudspeakers. Dialogue is intelligible with generally good spatial integration. This is a satisfying soundtrack with good fidelity. (Gary Reber)