BLU-RAY REVIEW

Locke

Featured In Issue 191, November 2014

Picture3.5
Sound3.5
WSR Score3
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(Studio/Distributor):
Lionsgate Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number):
45903
(MPAA Rating):
R
(Rating Reason):
Language throughout
(Retail Price):
$24.99
(Disc Type):
Single Side, Dual Layer (BD-50)
(Widescreen Edition):
Yes
(Full Screen Edition):
No
(Running Time In Minutes):
84
(Color Type):
Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access):
Yes
(Closed Captioned):
Yes
(Regional Coding):
A
(Theatrical Year):
2013
(Theatrical Release):
Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release):
No
(Disc Release Date):
08/12/14
(THX® Digitally Mastered):
No
(Director):
Steven Knight
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(Disc Soundtrack):
DTS HD Lossless 5.1
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Ivan "Locke" (Hardy), a dedicated family man and successful construction manager, receives a phone call on the eve of the biggest challenge of his career that sets in motion a series of events that threaten his careful cultivated existence. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Director Steven Knight, the featurette "Ordinary Unraveling" (HD 09:37), upfront previews, and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 1080p AVC picture was photographed digitally with the Red Epic camera system. The imagery is darkly cast with a rough texture throughout. The entire movie takes place in a BMW with Tom Hardy driving. There is not much in terms of visuals, which are confined to the driver's interior, nighttime instrument lights, and passing vehicles in the lanes adjacent. Blacks are often crushed and shadow delineation is poor. Splashes of color are evident with traffic lights, brake lights, and turn signals, but otherwise the palette is limited. Resolution is decent but not particularly distinguished. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audioô 5.1-channel soundtrack is primarily monaural focused. Dialogue sounds a bit muted, as the conversations are through the car's phone system. Atmospherics consist of road and passing vehicle sounds. As for surround engagement, the music score provides a sense of immersion, but otherwise the focus is monaural. (Gary Reber)