Ticking Clock

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
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Bloody violence, grisly images and language
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In the psychological sci-fi thriller Ticking Clock, an investigative crime journalist, Lewis Hicks (Gooding Jr.), specializing in brutal murders is caught in a race against time to stop a deadly serial killer (McDonough), who has already mutilated the body of his girlfriend, with plans for the gruesome killing of others. (Gary Reber)

Special features include previews and BD-Live functionality.

The 1080p AVC picture is digitally photographed, with a natural visual character, though, stylistically "dark" in density. Still, shadow delineation is visually revealing and blacks are deep. Lighting highlights enhance the suspenseful storytelling within the context of night urban settings. Fleshtones are naturally hued, even in the context of low-light production design. Occasionally, vibrant colors pop, but generally the mood is overshadowed visually. Resolution is excellent, especially in close-ups of facial features, clothing, and object textures. The imagery is, at times, dimensional. This is a stylistic suspense thriller that is expressed in dark, muted overtones and low-light ambiance, but overall the effect works to induce a feeling of edginess. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is emotionally engaging, with an effective mood-induced music score, with a solid low-frequency foundation. Production sound dialogue is nicely integrated spatially. Deep bass extension is effectively heightened at times in the .1 LFE channel. Date scene transitions are sonically engaging, with an aggressive surround presence, with panned sound effects and directionalized surround. The music also extends deep into the surrounds, which is engaging holosonically®. While the production is monaural focused, the music score enhances the sense of spatial dimension, with occasional atmospheric sound effects.(Gary Reber)