A sheltered young woman abandons the safe certainty of her upbringing for life with an alluring aristocrat on a remote English estate in Crimson Peak. (Gary Reber)
Special features include commentary with Co-Writer and Director Guillermo Del Toro; five deleted scenes (HD 04:26); the featurettes Beware Of Crimson Peak (HD 07:51), A Living Thing (HD 12:11), A Primer On Gothic Romance (HD 05:36), the Light And Dark Of Crimson Peak (HD 07:53), Crimson Phantoms (HD 07:02), and Hand Tailored Gothic (HD 08:58); I Remember Crimson Peak interviews (HD 19:30); upfront previews; and an UltraViolet digital copy.
The 1.85:1 1080p AVC picture exhibits an engaging visual wonderful palette of intricate textural detail, nicely captured digitally with the Arri Alexa digital camera system. Textures are finely resolved with superb realism, whether in the opening Buffalo scenes or within the expansive house at Cumberland Peak, which is the setting for most of the story. The settings exhibit wonderful production and costume design. Resolution is superb with fine, nuanced detail exhibited in facial features, hair, and beards, clothing sown in fine, elaborate fabrics and objects. The color palette is richly warm and vibrant with natural, saturated hues that are tinted golden/bronze. Fleshtones are varied and effected by the stylized and atmospheric lighting, generally naturally hued. Strong primaries at times pop. Contrast is well balanced with deep, solid blacks that are nicely defined. The picture is well crafted and conveys a sense of dark eeriness, for a visual experience that is engaging. (Gary Reber)
The DTS:X/DTS-HD Master Audio™ 7.1-channel soundtrack is one of the first such soundtracks encoded with DTS:X Immersive Sound that expands the 7.1-channel ear level encoding to height channels. The sound is dynamic and spatially dimensional, with subtle spherical surround envelopment. The holosonic® imaging flows throughout the soundfield, often with aggressive, directionalized atmospherics and sound effects. Deep bass is energized through the .1 LFE channel and at times extends to sub-25 Hz frequencies, including the infernal steam machine. All sorts of atmospherics, such as rushing steam; creaky, heavy doors; unstable floorboards; wind; rainfall; etc. are all directionalized. A prominent character is the orchestral score, which is dynamic, occupying a wide and deep soundstage and an aggressive surround presence. The music effectively establishes the eerie, haunting mood. Dialogue sounds natural, with good spatial integration. This is a well-crafted spatially dimensional soundtrack that effectively uses every channel, for an impressive sonic experience. (Gary Reber)