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Featured In Issue 206, April/May 2016

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Based on the GQ Article “Game Brain” by Jeanne Marie Laskas, Concussion tells the incredible true David vs. Goliath story of American immigrant Dr. Bennet Omalu (Smith), a Nigerian immigrant and brilliant forensic neuropathologist who diagnosed the first discovery of CTE, a football-related brain trauma, in a pro player, and fought for the truth to be known. Omalu’s emotional quest puts him at dangerous odds with one of the most powerful—and beloved—institutions in the world. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Director Peter Landesman, nine deleted scenes (HD 12:52), the featurettes Crafting Concussion (HD 12:55) and Inside The True Story (HD 11:10), and upfront previews.

The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture is excellent and exhibits a perfectly natural color palette with strong primaries and deep blacks. The hues are deeply rich and warm, and fleshtones are naturally hued as well. Blacks are deep and solid. Contrast is well balanced with revealing shadow delineation. The imagery casts a cinematic feel, though, photographed digitally with the Arri Alexa XT Plus camera system. Resolution is terrific with fine detail revealed in facial features such as fine pores and lines, hair, clothing, and objects. Mostly photographed in dimly lit interiors and exteriors in the Pittsburgh setting, the picture is best viewed in a darkened home theatre environment, as the low-light levels are challenging. This is a wonderful viewing experience with reference-quality imagery that will not disappoint. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is dynamic sounding with wonderful nuanced sonics and powerful, .1 LFE-infused bass enhancement during the energized segments. Atmospherics are generally frontal focused but at times, along with the sound effects, all the channels are energized. James Newton Howard's orchestral score is spread wide and deep and provides most of the surround envelopment, filling the soundfield. Fidelity is excellent. Dialogue is perfectly natural, with good spatial integration. The music is predominant throughout. This is a wonderful sonic experience that nicely complements the storytelling in both the more intense and quieter segments. (Gary Reber)