Featured In Issue 139, March/April 2009

WSR Score4
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Universal Studios Home Entertainment
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Some violent and disturbing content and language
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Clint Eastwood
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DTS HD Lossless 5.1, DTS 5.1
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The setting for this true story, Changeling, is Los Angeles 1929. When single mother Christine Collins (Jolie) leaves for work one day, her son vanishes without a trace. Five months later, the police reunite mother and son; but he isn't her boy. Driven by one woman's relentless quest for the truth, the case exposes a police cover-up and a world of corruption. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the following featurettes: Partners In Crime: Clint Eastwood And Angelina Jolie—a look at the script's genesis, directing approach, and the detailed production design (HD 13:33) and The Common Thread: Angelina Jolie Becomes Christine Collins—a profile of the actress and the real-life inspiration for her character (HD 04:58); U-Control features on Los Angeles Then (1920's) And Now; picture-in-picture Bonus View; plus BD-Live interactivity.

The 2.40:1 1080p VC-1 picture quality is superb, with a slightly desaturated color scheme, yet perfectly natural fleshtones. The look is period, yet strikingly natural. Hues are warm and contribute, to a realistic production design. Contrast also is excellent, with deep blacks and deep-reaching shadow delineation. Resolution is superb, with sharply defined images and finely resolved textures and facial expressions. There are no apparent artifacts or noise, for a perfectly pristine picture. The imagery is fascinating, with period settings that suggest a much simpler life. This is a picture that delivers a rich visual experience that is captivating. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is well crafted, with attention to subtle effects and spatial integration for dialogue in every scene. Other sound designers should take note of the dialogue recording on this soundtrack. Surround envelopment is often fully holosonically® enveloping. At midway through the film there is a rainstorm, which is nicely engaging, with downpouring rain and thunder that sounds convincingly real. Throughout, surrounds are directionalized and appropriately regulated in level, depending on the scene. The music score, composed by Clint Eastwood and orchestrated by jazz great Lenie Niehaus (a longtime Eastwood collaborator and former Stan Kenton arranger), is wonderful and nicely recorded, with a perfect surround presence. The LFE .1 bass extension is often deep and powerful, providing a solid foundation to the soundtrack in certain scenes. This is a wonderful soundtrack that perfectly complements the story's moods and is definitely reference quality. (Gary Reber)