BLU-RAY REVIEW

Master, The

Featured In Issue 174, February 2013

Picture4
Sound3.5
WSR Score3
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(Studio/Distributor):
Anchor Bay Entertainment
(Catalog Number):
BD59719
(MPAA Rating):
R
(Rating Reason):
Sexual content, graphic nudity and language
(Retail Price):
$39.99
(Disc Type):
Single Side, Dual Layer (BD-50)
(Widescreen Edition):
Yes
(Full Screen Edition):
No
(Running Time In Minutes):
138
(Color Type):
Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access):
Yes
(Closed Captioned):
Yes
(Regional Coding):
A
(Theatrical Year):
2012
(Theatrical Release):
Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release):
No
(Disc Release Date):
02/26/13
(THX® Digitally Mastered):
No
(Director):
Paul Thomas Anderson
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(Disc Soundtrack):
Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS HD Lossless 5.1
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Haunted by his past, WWII veteran and drifter Freddie Quell (Phoenix) crosses paths with a mysterious movement called The Cause, led by Lancaster Dodd (Hoffman), aka "The Master," and his wife Peggy (Adams). Their twisted relationship is the core of this film. Will Freddie be able to outrun his past? Will The Cause help or hurt him? Can this tortured, violent creature be civilized? Or is man, after all, just a dirty animal? (Gary Reber)

Special features include "Back Beyond," a featurette with outtakes and additional scenes (HD 19:59); the "Unguided Mesage" short (SD 07:59); "Let There Be Light," John Huston's documentary about WWII veterns (SD 58:06); the theatrical trailer; eight teasers; and a digital copy.

The 1080p AVC picture was photographed in Panavision Super 70 65 mm and cropped to 1.85:1. The imagery is cinematic throughout, with a dense filmic grain structure and saturated color palette. Fleshtones are generally natural in hue. Resolution in close-up focus are finely detailed in facial character, hair, clothing, and object texture. The film exhibits a warm visual character that communicates the tension exhibited in the imagery. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audioô 5.1-channel soundtrack is surreal and generally dialogue focused, with good spatial integration. The string orchestral score stretches across the soundstage with a deep and spatially nuanced presentation, with subtle surround presence. At times the score is weirdly rhythmic. Overall, the sound is frontal and monaural focused, with undistinguished dynamics. Still, it connects in a weird way to support the story. (Gary Reber)