Featured In Issue 196, April/May 2015

WSR Score3.5
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Based on true events, Foxcatcher tells the dark and fascinating story of the unlikely and ultimately tragic relationship between an eccentric multi-millionaire (Carell) and two champion wrestlers (Tatum and Ruffalo). (Gary Reber)

Special features include The Story Of Foxcatcher featurette (HD 16:20), two deleted scenes (HD 05:08), the theatrical trailer, upfront previews, and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 1080p AVC picture was photographed on film in Panavision but apparently cropped to a 1.85:1 aspect ratio. The picture exhibits a rather softly focused image, with the exception of facial detail and clothing in close-ups. The color palette appears naturally hued but lacks a vibrant presence. Contrast is a bit inconsistent with, at times, crushed blacks, and shadow delineation is generally poor. Fleshtones appear generally natural within the range of lighting. The general impression of the imagery is broodingly dull, lacking crispness and sharpness, as well as brilliance. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is extremely limiting and for the most part monaural focused with virtually no atmospherics or sense of spatial dimension. The occasional wrestling tournament or gunshots energizes the soundfield, as does moments in the orchestral and piano score, providing a sense of envelopment. Dialogue is well integrated spatially. Overall, this is a very quiet, dialogue-driven soundtrack that results in a reserved, low-energy experience. Of course, the story itself sets those parameter limitations. (Gary Reber)