BLU-RAY REVIEW

The Book Of Clarence

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Sound4.5
WSR Score4
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(Studio/Distributor):
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number):
63457
(MPAA Rating):
PG-13
(Rating Reason):
Strong violence, drug use, strong language, some suggestive material and smoking
(Retail Price):
$38.99
(Disc Type):
Single Side, Dual Layer (BD-50)
(Widescreen Edition):
Yes
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(Running Time In Minutes):
129
(Color Type):
Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access):
Yes
(Closed Captioned):
Yes
(Regional Coding):
A
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Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release):
No
(Disc Release Date):
3/26/2024
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(Director):
Jeymes Samuel
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(Disc Soundtrack):
DTS HD Lossless 5.1
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"The Book Of Clarence" is a bold new take on the timeless Hollywood era Biblical epic. It's 33 AD in Jerusalem and streetwise but struggling, Clarence (LaKeith Stanfield) is trying to find a better life for himself and his family, make himself worthy to the woman he loves, and prove that he's not a nobody. Captivated by the power and glory of the rising Messiah and His Apostles, he risks everything to carve his own path to a divine life, a journey through which he finds redemption and faith, power and knowledge. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Jeymes Samuel and LaKeith Stanfield; the featuretes: "Band Of Brothers: Meet The Cast" (HD 11:33), "Song Of Songs: An Epic Collaboration'" (HD 04:11), "The Gospel Of Jeymes: On The Set With Jeymes Samuel" (HD 08:42) and "Book 4: Making The Film" (HD 08:55); gag reel (HD 05:08) and eight deleted scenes (HD 31:04).

The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a VIZIO Quantum X P85QX-JI UHD/HDR display, was photograph on 35mm Kodak film stock in anamorphic Panavision® using Panavision cameras and sourced from a 4K Digital Intermediate. The picture exhibts a very fine smooth grain structure, which is nicely filmc in appearance. The color palette exhibits rich and warm hues with an emphasis on bgolden tones depicted in stoned building of Jerusalem and uts desert outskirts. The color palette is quite warm. Flesh tones are perfectly natural and realistic. Contrast is excellent with natural blacks, revealing shadows and realistic white levels. Reslution is superb, especial during closeups of facial features such a skin pores, lines, beard and hair, as well as flothing and objects that depict carrages, kstructures and houseqares. This is a very cinematic picture that is satisfyingly stylized to suggest the period of the messaigh. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1-channel soundtrack dynamic sounding with a large and dimensional soundfield. Atmospherics sound realistic as well do sound effects, especially during gladator fighs and horse carriage races.The music is varied but the orchestral/choral segments are powerful with a wide and deep soundstage that extends aggressive to the surounds. The music really enhances dimensionization and impressively expands the size of the soundfield. lDeep bass provided effective enhancements during action segments. Surrouond envelopment is aggressive. Dialogue is largely ADR produced and quite forwad sounding with poor spatial integration. This could have been merited a top rating but while the music is well recorded and presented, the dialogue presentation diaapoints. (Gary Reber)