Jersey Boys

Featured In Issue 192, December 2014

WSR Score4.5
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Based on the Tony Award-winning musical, Jersey Boys stars John Lloyd Young, who reprises his portrayal of the legendary lead singer of The Four Seasons, Frankie Valli. This is the story of four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960’s rock group. The story of their trials and triumphs are accompanied by the songs that influenced a generation, including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don't Cry,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Dawn,” “Rag Doll,” “Bye Bye Baby,” “Who Loves You,” and many more. These classic hits are now being embraced by a new generation of fans through the stage musical, which has been running on Broadway for more than eight years and has also enjoyed successful tours around the globe.

Special features include three featurettes: From Broadway To The Big Screen (HD 22:57), Too Good To Be True (HD 04:51), and “Oh, What A Night” To Remember (HD 05:05); upfront previews; and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.38:1 1080p AVC picture was photographed with the Arri Alexa digital camera and is wonderfully natural throughout. The color palette is well balanced with realistic hues that exhibit richness and warmth, yet cast a cool feel. Fleshtones are naturally hued throughout Contrast is well balanced with deep blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Resolution is nicely rendered with fine detail that is evident in close-ups and in foreground shots. The imagery is clean and pristine throughout. This is a terrific picture that exhibits naturalness throughout that projects an image of the 1950s and 60s.

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack delivers excellent fidelity that sounds naturally dynamic throughout. The music score is the focus, with modern-day recording quality. The soundstage is nicely dimensional and extends to the surrounds, to provide an engaging soundfield. Dialogue is nicely executed with good spatial integration and natural presence. Bass consistently sounds natural and never exaggerated. The soundtrack is perfectly executed and delivers a totally pleasing sonic experience.