Hyde Park On Hudson

Featured In Issue 176, April/May 2013

WSR Score4.5
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Roger Michell
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Hyde Park On Hudson explores the mysteries of love and friendship and the bond between U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt (Murray) and his neighbor and intimate Margaret Suckley (Linney). In 1939, as Great Britain faces the imminent war with Germany, FDR invites the King and Queen of England for a June weekend at his Upstate New York home. During this first-ever visit of a reigning British monarch to America, international affairs must be juggled with the complexities of FDR's domestic establishment. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Director/Producer Roger Michell and Producer Kevin Loader, deleted scenes (HD 06:55), a Look Inside (HD 04:00) and First Days (HD 13:40) featurettes, upfront previews, BD-Live functionality, and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.35:1 1080p AVC picture is beautifully natural, with a perfectly balanced color palette and contrast, whereby nothing is exaggerated. Hues are warm and rich in tone, with perfect fleshtone rendering. Blacks are naturally deep, and shadow delineation is revealing. Resolution is excellent, with fine detail exhibited throughout, especially in close-ups of facial features, hair, clothes, and object texture. This is a beautifully photographed picture that appears pristine throughout. Just beautiful. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is beautifully nuanced throughout, with extremely subtle, low-level atmospherics that often define a dimensional soundfield. The focus is frontal, with the emphasis on dialogue storytelling. The orchestral music score is wonderful and beautifully recorded, with impressive width and depth and a sense of envelopment extending the surrounds. Dialogue is always intelligible, with excellent spatial integration, and the narration is well balanced against the other elements. This is a quiet but engaging soundtrack. (Gary Reber)