Based on the novel by Hunter S. Thompson, The Rum Diary follows New York journalist Paul Kemp (Depp) on an alcohol-fueled journey across the island of Puerto Rico, where he finds himself caught between a shady American businessman, a beautiful woman, and several bottles of booze. (Gary Reber)
Special features include the featurette A Voice Made Of Ink And Rage: Inside The Rum Diary (HD 12:39), the documentary The Rum Diary Back-Story (SD 45:56), up-front previews, and BD-Live functionality.
The 1080p AVC picture is gorgeous in appearance, with beautiful natural imagery and a strong, saturated color palette. Hues are rich and vivid, yet the overall tonal quality exhibits appealing warmth. Fleshtones are naturally toned and accurate. Contrast is well balanced, with deep blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Resolution and clarity is excellent, with fine details revealed in facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture. The imagery appears absolutely natural and realistic. Dimensionality also is quite natural. This is a terrific visual experience that exhibits natural realism and vivid visuals. (Gary Reber)
The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is nicely presented with a dynamic yet nuanced soundtrack. The jazz-flavored music score is beautifully recorded with richly toned instrumental timbre. Atmospherics and sound effects effectively support the storytelling and enhance the sense of realism with enveloping soundfield immersion. At times .1 LFE energy is supportive of both the music score and the sound effects. Dialogue is natural toned with satisfying spatial integration. While this is a dialogue-focused soundtrack, the other sound elements effectively enhance the realism of the soundscapes depicted in each scene. This is a really pleasing soundtrack. (Gary Reber)