Top Five

Featured In Issue 196, April/May 2015

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Top Five follows Andre Allen (Rock), a former stand-up legend who returns to New York City to promote his latest film on the eve of his wedding to a self-absorbed reality TV star (Union). While wandering the city with a mysterious and charming journalist (Dawson), Allen confronts his past and contemplates his future through a series of funny encounters. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary by Director Chris Rock and Actor J.B. Smoove, a making-of featurette (HD 10:26) and It's Never Just A Movie: Chris Rock And Top Five featurette (HD 20:08), Andre Allen Standup outtakes (HD 06:22), “Moments You Didn't See In The Film” (HD 04:16), three deleted scenes (HD 03:30, and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.40:1 1080p AVC picture was photographed digitally, and the imagery is crisp and clean with a rich and warm color palette, with strong primaries and deep black levels that are perfectly natural. At times, colors pop vividly. Fleshtones span a range of hues, depicting diversity. Contrast is excellent, with revealing shadow delineation. Resolution also is excellent with fine detail revealed in facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture. This is a wonderfully vivid and colorful picture that exhibits reference quality. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is dynamic sounding at times but otherwise is dialogue focused. As such, dialogue is effectively and realistically integrated spatially and sounds natural. Atmospherics and sound effects are often spatially enveloping and dimensional, which enhances the immersive realism of being in New York City. The music is intermittent and varied in genre but is recorded with a wide and deep soundstage that extends aggressively to the surrounds. At times bass accompanies the music, for a dynamic presence. This is a nice-sounding soundtrack, with terrific fidelity. (Gary Reber)