Side Effects

Featured In Issue 177, June/July 2013

WSR Score3.5
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Steven Soderbergh
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Side Effects is a sexy psychological thriller about a bitter pill experience. After her husband (Tatum) is released from prison for insider trading, Emily (Mara) begins suffering from terrifying anxiety and turns to psychiatrist Dr. Banks (Law) for help. But when Banks prescribes an experimental drug for her, the side effects have chilling and deadly consequences. (Gary Reber)

Special features include four featurettes: Behind-The-Scenes (HD 02:56), Aliza Website Experience (HD 05:21), Ablixa Commercial (HD 0:54), and Intenin Commercial (HD 0:48); upfront previews; BD-Live functionality; and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 1.84:1 1080p AVC picture appears natural and realistic. The focus is on people and relationships, and as such, the visuals are mostly interior set and focused on people's expressive emotions. Fleshtones appear accurately and naturally rendered throughout. The color palette is naturally hued with, at times, warm and rich tones. Resolution is revealing of detail, especially in facial features and hair, as well as textures. Contrast is well balanced with deep blacks and revealing shadow delineation. This is a realistic visual experience that plays well in the storytelling. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is essentially dialogue focused, which sounds natural and spatially integrated. Atmospherics provide sonic support to fill in the soundscapes but are limited to the front channels. Deep bass is limited. Surround envelopment is limited pretty much to the music score. Overall, this is a basic soundtrack, with the focus on dialogue. (Gary Reber)