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Victor Frankenstein

Featured In Issue 206, April/May 2016

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20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
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Macarbe images, violence, and a sequence of destruction.
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Paul McGuigan
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Igor Strausman (Radcliffe) shares a noble vision of aiding humanity through their groundbreaking research into immortality. But Victor Frankenstein's experiments go too far, and his obsession has horrifying consequences. Only Igor can bring his friend back from the brink of madness and save him from his monstrous creation. (Gary Reber)

Special features include a making-of featurette (HD 29:27), four deleted scenes (HD 14:17), galleries, the theatrical trailer, upfront previews, and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture is terrific and exhibits a rich and warm, vibrant color palette with strong earthy hues seen in structural character such as the elaborate circus big top, Frankenstein's home and laboratory, and the various urban settings depicted in the production design. Costume design also is fantastic. Contrast is well balanced with deep, natural blacks and superb shadow delineation. Fleshtones are consistently natural throughout. Resolution is excellent, with the finest of detail exhibited in facial features, hair, clothing and tailoring, and object texture. This is a gorgeous period piece rich in detail and color accuracy. Visually reference quality throughout, this will thrill fans of the genre. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 7.1-channel soundtrack is superb, with a nicely nuanced dynamic presence knit together by a haunting orchestral score that spreads wide and deep across the soundstage and aggressively among the four surround channels. The added two surround channels provide enhanced dimensionality with the soundfield. Surrounds provide directional atmospherics and sound effects. All sorts of atmospherics and sound effects such as city street clamor, machinery, electrical shutters, fire, thunder and lightening storms, and numerous contraptions create a sense of reality. Deep bass is extended in the .1 LFE channel during the more intense segments and provides a solid natural foundation to the orchestral score. Dialogue retains good intelligibility and spatial integration throughout. This is a reference-quality holosonic® soundtrack with excellent nuanced sonics, fidelity, and spatial dimension. (Gary Reber)