Lonely Place To Die, A

Featured In Issue 166, April 2012

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In A Lonely Place To Die, a group of mountaineers make a grim discovery in the Scottish Highlands: an eight-year-old girl trapped amid the peaks, terrified, dehydrated, and unable to speak a word of English. Alison (George), the group leader, and her fellow hikers and climbers try to take the girl to safety. But they become involved in an elaborate kidnapping plot and soon must fight for their lives as they're pursued by both the girl's kidnappers and a group of mercenaries hired to return the girl to her war criminal father. With danger all around them and mountainous terrain to navigate, Alison and her party are in for a grueling ordeal in order to save both the girl and themselves. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the theatrical trailer and up-front previews.

The 2.35:1 1080p AVC digital picture is effectively photographed to convey the magnitude of the mountainous circumstances that confront the characters. The appearance is natural, not exaggerated, but the colors appear a bit subdued in some scenes. Fleshtones are naturally toned with a generally overall pale character. Contrast is well balanced with deep blacks and revealing shadow delineation. The scenic background is exhilarating. This is a fine visual experience that effectively engages. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is nicely produced with excellent atmospherics and Foley sound elements. The music score is dramatic and well recorded with a wide and deep soundstage whose presence extends to the surrounds. The percussion elements are powerful and energized with deep bass in the .1 LFE channel. Dialogue sounds remarkably integrated spatially, no matter what the scene. This is a well-crafted soundtrack that perfectly supports the tension with engaging dynamics. (Gary Reber)