Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close

Featured In Issue 166, April 2012

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Adapted from the novel by Jonathan Safran Foer, Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close is a story that unfolds from inside the young mind of Oskar Schell (Horn), an inventive eleven-year-old New Yorker whose discovery of a key in his deceased father's belongings sets him off on an urgent search across the city for the lock it will open. A year after his father died in the World Trade Center on what Oskar calls "The Worst Day," he is determined to keep his vital connection to the man who playfully cajoled him into confronting his wildest fears. (Gary Reber)

Special features include a making-of featurette (HD 19:47), Finding Oskar (HD 07:50), Ten Years Later (HD 11:25), and Max von Sydow: Dialogues With The Renter (HD 44:00) featurettes; up-front previews; and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.40:1 1080p AVC picture is terrific, with a cinematic naturalness captured with the digital ARRIRAW system. The color palette is perfectly balanced with strongly saturated hues that are vividly exhibited but always realistic. Fleshtones are accurate and naturally hued. Contrast is well balanced with deep blacks and shadow delineation. Resolution is excellent, with fine detail exhibited throughout. Close-ups in particular are impressively resolved in facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture. Chris Menges' cinematography is always captivating, with excellent dimensionality. This is an excellent and powerful picture experience that is spellbinding. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is superb, with dimensionalized atmospherics and sound effects that enhance the sense of realism, and as such, really captures the soundscapes with a holosonic® soundfield dimension. The music score is nicely recorded with a wide and deep soundstage presence that extends into the surrounds. Deep bass is not particularly prevalent, but the overall fidelity sounds perfectly balanced with natural low-end extension. Dialogue is always intelligible and spatially integrated. This is a wonderful sonic experience that really communicates the story's emotional and heartwarming impact. (Gary Reber)