Veronica Mars: The Movie

Featured In Issue 187, June 2014

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Rob Thomas
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Based on Rob Thomas' television series, Veronica Mars stars Kristen Bell as a former high-school sleuth who thought she left her past behind her, until a murder in her home town pulls her back into her old life. Veronica has put Neptune and her amateur sleuthing days behind her on the eve of graduating law school. While interviewing at high-end law firms, Veronica gets a call from her ex-boyfriend Logan (Dohring), who has been accused of murder. Veronica heads back to Neptune just to help Logan find an attorney, but when things don't seem right with how Logan's case is perceived and handled, Veronica finds herself being pulled back into a life she thought she had left behind. (Gary Reber)

Special features include a making-of featurette (HD 55:43), four deleted scenes (HD 04:20), More On The Set Fun in six segments (HD 19:14), a gag reel (HD 04:35), upfront previews, and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.40:1 1080p AVC picture is TVish in character, with a digital appearance. There is nothing distinguished about the look. The color palette is decently hued but a bit subdued in saturation. Fleshtones are generally natural appearing. Contrast is rather flat, and blacks are undefined, as well as shadow delineation. Resolution is soft throughout, lacking a fine detail. This is a mediocre visual presentation with a digital TV feel. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is conventional, with dialogue-focused ADR and close-miking that is wanting in spatial integration, depending on the scene backdrop. Even the narration often shares the same level as the dialogue and its spatial qualities. Atmospherics and sound effects are limited spatially, though, the music at times extends to the surrounds. This a rather mediocre sonic presentation that does a serviceable job but not dramatically. (Gary Reber)