Labor Day

Featured In Issue 187, June 2014

WSR Score5
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Paramount Home Entertainment
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Jason Reitman
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Based on The New York Times best-selling novel by Joyce Maynard, Labor Day is the story of a mother and son who take in a mysterious stranger over a long Labor Day weekend, leading to a second chance at love. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary by Director Jason Reitman, Director of Photography Eric Steelberg, and First Assistant Director/Co-Producer Jason Blumenfeld; the making-of End Of Summer featurette (HD 29:06); six deleted scenes (HD 10:36); and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.40:1 1080p AVC picture was photographed digitally with the Red Epic camera system. The imagery is gorgeously warm and sensuous with a rich color palette. Hues are richly saturated and perfectly natural in tone. There is an impressive earthly feel to the picture, which is wonderfully engaging. Fleshtones are naturally rendered. Contrast is well balanced throughout with deep blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Resolution is superb, with fine detail revealed in facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture. This is a beautifully imaged picture that is thoroughly pleasing visually. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is reserved, with a beautiful orchestral music score enhanced with deep bass delivered by the .1 LFE channel. While dialogue focused throughout, fidelity and intelligibility are excellent, with good spatial integration. Atmospherics and sound effects are nuanced but effectively supportive. The music is the surround component, though, subtle. Overall, this is a pleasing sonic experience that, while reserved, is a perfect complement to the romantic storytelling. (Gary Reber)