Next Three Days, The

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Lionsgate Home Entertainment
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How far would you go to save everything you live for and love? Oscar®-winner Russell Crowe stars as John Brennan, a man whose beloved wife (Banks) has been arrested for murder. After unsuccessfully battling the legal system for three years, John suddenly learns that only The Next Three Days remain before she is sent to prison for life. Now, their only hope for a future together rests in a deadly race against time and impossible odds. Based on the film "Pour Elle." (Tricia Spears)

Special features include filmmakers' commentary; the following featurettes: Making The Next Three Days (HD 18:31), The Men Of The Next Three Days (HD 06:47), and True Escapes For Love (HD 07:38); fun with the cast and crew in "Cast Moments" (HD 02:25); eight deleted scenes; three extended scenes; previews; bookmarks; up-front ads; and a digital copy and DVD of the film.

The 2.35:1 1080p AVC picture is perfectly natural in appearance, with excellent resolution. An overall darkly photographed film, surprisingly, the aerial shots of Pittsburgh are brightly defined and sharp. Fleshtones are naturally hued. The color palette is subdued and exhibits a bluish-green hue at times. Blacks are deep and solid and shadow delineation respectable. While the imagery is generally sharp, at times focus is soft. This is a pleasing visual experience that exhibits natural image quality that communicates realism. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 7.1-channel soundtrack is reserved, with sound effects and atmospheric effects pretty much limited to the frontal soundstage. At times such effects do manage to be
directed to the surrounds but not as effectively as they could be. As the story progresses, the intensity builds and the surround impact is more dramatic. Danny Elfman's music score is sweepingly wide and deep across the soundstage and extends effectively to the surrounds. The music is the driving force of this soundtrack. Bass extension can be deep, with effective energy focused in the .1 LFE channel, especially during the chaotic ending scenes. Dialogue is conventional production sound and ADR, with limited spatial integration. The soundtrack's added two channels are in the rear surround position rather than the optimized and preferred 90-degree sides. This may require a rewiring of your 7.1-channel system if your system is set up in accordance with the "standard" layout recommended by DTS®. While the material suggests an even more aggressive soundfield realization, when scenes do deliver on their potential the sonics are effective. (Gary Reber)