Featured In Issue 147, March/April 2010

WSR Score4
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In Franklyn, four souls bound by fate, romance, and tragedy collide in the parallel worlds of London and the futuristic Meanwhile City, where a single bullet will alter the course of their lives forever. A masked detective, a self-destructive art student, a desperate father, and a lovelorn romantic are just a few of the unique characters in this fantasy thriller. (Gary Reber)

Special features include nine interviews with filmmakers and cast (SD 32:22), a making-of featurette (SD 04:01), three deleted scenes (SD 03:53), and the trailer.

The 2.36:1 1080p AVC picture is excellent, with distinct stylistic segments that switch back and forth from one character's storyline to another. Milo's story exhibits a slight desaturated picture, to depict a dismal realism. Emelia is cast in a darker world, with dramatic contrast. Esser is shown through stylized silhouettes. And Jonathan Preest's Meanwhile City is a bleak metropolis, with colorful accents. Colors are rich and warm. Contrast varies in accordance with the stylization, and blacks are deep and solid. Shadows are nicely defined. Resolution is excellent, especially during close-ups of facial features and object textures. Overall, this is a dark film that should be viewed in a darkened room, preferably black, to optimize contrast. The picture is pristine and artistically beautiful. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack enhances the dreary mood of the film with a haunting orchestral music score that is nicely recorded, though, generally subdued throughout. Still the music extends into the surrounds, to provide subtle holosonic® envelopment. Sound effects and atmospheric sounds are terrific, such as heavy rain, wind, and city sounds. While bass response provides a solid foundation, really deep bass is limited, with a few instances of strong .1 LFE energy. Dialogue sounds well-integrated spatially. This is a moody soundtrack that is emotionally supportive of the storytelling and works well to pull you into the film. (Gary Reber)