Featured In Issue 144, November 2009

WSR Score3.5
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Anchor Bay Entertainment
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Strong sexual content, nudity and language
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David Mackenzie
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Dolby TrueHD 7.1
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In Spread, Nikki (Kutcher) isn't a gigolo. He's a sexual grifter, a fun-loving freeloading hipster who understands his greatest assets are his looks and sexual prowess, which he uses to charm his way into the hearts of the city's richest women and enjoy their lifestyle. Nikki gets a free place to live, fantastic gifts, A-list access, and plenty of sex. The women get to feel young, beautiful, and utterly fulfilled in the bedroom. It's a mutually beneficial setup...that is, until Nikki is forced to choose between love and money, and decide whether he can live on his own once and for all in the hopes of finding something real. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Actor/Producer Ashton Kutcher and Actors Anne Heche and Margarita Levieva; the making-of featurette Living The Dream (HD 16:10), Behind The Scenes With Ashton Kutcher (HD 05:44), and The World According To Nikki (HD 03:53); the theatrical trailer; a picture-in-picture Bonus View Urban Sprawl: Los Angeles In Spread; previews; plus a digital copy of the film.

The 2.40:1 1080p AVC picture is terrific and exhibits a perfectly natural character, with a rich and vibrant color palette. Blacks are deep and solid, but at times crushed and unrevealing. Fleshtones are accurate and nicely balanced. Contrast is excellent and shadow delineation is often nicely rendered with good depth. Resolution is surprisingly soft overall, even in close-ups, yet the imagery appears balanced. This is a nicely photographed film in which the color palette is effectively saturated and visually impressive. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby® TrueHD 7.1-channel soundtrack, at times, uses the extra 90-degree side channels to create a much larger and deeper soundfield that projects the sound as if suspended in front of the screen. This effect is created primarily through the music score. Otherwise, the soundtrack collapses to essentially monaural with, at times, subtle surround envelopment. The music is generally recorded well. Dialogue is production and ADR and generally well integrated spatially, but at times, the ADR disconnects. Bass extension can be deep and solid in the .1 LFE. Overall, this is a pleasant soundtrack that serves the storytelling well. (Gary Reber)