Woman In Gold

Featured In Issue 198, July/August 2015

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Woman In Gold is based on the true story of Austrian-American Maria Altman (Mirren) and her journey to bring justice back to her family. This is a story of one woman’s journey to reclaim her heritage and seek justice for what happened to her family. Sixty years after she fled Vienna during World War II, an elderly Jewish woman seeks to retrieve family possessions seized by the Nazis, among them Gustav Klimt’s famous painting Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I. Together with her inexperienced but plucky young lawyer Randy Schoenberg (Reynolds), she embarks upon a major battle, which takes them all the way to the heart of the Austrian establishment and the U.S. Supreme Court, and forces her to confront difficult truths about the past along the way. Based on the life stories of E. Randol Schoenberg and Maria Altmann. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Director Simon Curtis and Producer David M. Thompson, a making-of featurette (HD 23:41), the Stealing Klimt documentary trailer (HD 02:39), Neue Galerie New York Press Conference (HD 10:38), upfront previews, and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.38:1 1080p AVC picture is gorgeous, with a wonderfully natural appearance. The color palette is rich and warm, with nicely saturated hues. In some scenes the colors pop, for a beautiful contrast with the surroundings. Contrast is well balanced throughout with deep blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Fleshtones are accurate and natural. Resolution is excellent, with fine detail exhibited in facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture. The scenes of Vienna are magnificent with its stunning European architecture. This is a reference-quality and wonderfully cinematic picture that is stunning in its natural presence. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack, while dialogue focused, is supported by a beautiful orchestral music score with touches of instrumental brilliance. Atmospherics and sound effects are evident during the takeover of Austria by the Nazis. The music score occupies a wide and deep soundstage and extends to the surrounds and envelops the soundfield. Dialogue is consistently intelligible, with good spatial integration. This is an engaging soundtrack that nicely supports the emotional portrayal of this incredible story. (Gary Reber)