The Departed SteelBook 4K Ultra HD

Featured In Issue 272, March/April

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In "The Departed," no one likes a mole, especially mob boss Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson), and he is sure he has one in his inner circle. But he is not the only "boss" having a mole issue. It seems that Captain Queenan (Martin Sheen), along with Sergeant Digman (Mark Wahlberg), who have been building a fail-proof case against Costello, have someone on their team who's not loyal to Boston's finest. But who? There is plenty of blood, bullets, and backstabbing to keep you immersed in this twist-for-turn tale. The Departed is based on the motion picture Internal Affairs. (Jack Kelley)

Special features include the featurettes "Guilt And Betrayal: Looking Into The Departed (New) (HD 15:05), "Stranger Than Fiction: The True Story Of Whitey Bulger, Southie And The Departed," (HD 21:07), and "Crossing Criminal Cultures" (HD 24:04), nine deleted scenes with director introduction (HD 19:25), the theatrical trailer and a Movies Anywhere digital copy.

The 2.39:1 2160p HEVC/H.265 4K Ultra HD HDR10 picture, reviewed on a VIZIO Quantum X P85QX-JI UHD/HDR display, was photograph on Kodak Vision2 film stock in Super 35 using the Arricam ST, Arriflex 235, and Arriflex 435 camera systems and sourced from an upscaled 2K Digital Intermediate. Film grain is never objectionable and virtually non-existent. The picture exhibits a natural appearance with a warm and rich color palette. Locations appear realistic with natural lighting. Flesh tones are healthy and natural. HDR contrast is excellent with deep, solid back levels, revealing shadow delineation and natural white levels, Clarity and sharpness are excellent. Resolution is excellent with fine detail exhibited in facial features such as skin pores, lines, hair and beards. Clothing textures are revealing. Object textures are revealing as well. This is a crime thriller with a complex production design set in multiple locations. Scorsese delivers a compelling visual experience that is edgy throughout. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1-channel soundtrack is dynamic sounding with all sound elements aggressively engaged, whether the orchestral score, atmospherics, sound effects and Foley or dialogue, The orchestral score is at time loud with its Irish-flavored pop music that occupies a wide and deep sound stage that extends to the surrounds. Atmospherics and subtleties sound completely realistic. Sound effects are at times intense with gunfire and close confrontations. Foley sound effects are perfectly in sync with picture. Dialogue is intelligible throughout with effective spatial integration. This is an elaborately crafted holosonic® soundtrack that delivers an edgy, mysterious, and dangerous sounding experience that is exciting and entertaining. (Gary Reber)