Manhattan Night

Featured In Issue 209, September 2016

WSR Score4.5
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Based on the novel Manhattan Nocturne by Colin Harrison, Manhattan Night begins as reporter Porter Wren (Brody) meets attractive widow Caroline (Strahovski). When she asks him to solve the bizarre death of her filmmaker husband (Scott), Wren is unable to refuse—or resist—her. But when a rich mogul blackmails him into investigating Caroline, the reporter realizes this job could cost him everything. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Director/Producer/Screenwriter Brian DeCubellis, Actor/Co-Producer Campbell Scott and Cinematographer David Tumblety, behind the scenes with cast and crew (HD 04:20), the featurette The Watcher (HD 04:33), four deleted/extended scenes (HD 17:55), Director's Notebook and Storyboards (HD 03:37), the theatrical trailer, upfront previews, and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture was captured with the Alexa digital camera system in Panavision® and exhibits a warmly natural appearance with a richly hued color palette accentuated with occasional strong primaries such as in night scenes of Manhattan. Fleshtones are perfectly natural. Contrast is excellent throughout, with deep blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Resolution is revealing of fine detail, especially in close-ups of facial features, skin, hair, clothing, and object texture. Such resolution and color warmth enhances the sense of realism. Flashbacks are often with color correction that is less refined to suggest such. This is a beautifully rendered picture that is pleasing throughout. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is dialogue focused but accompanied with a nicely recorded orchestral score, with a wide and deep soundstage, with an effectively enveloping surround presence. Atmospherics, such as bar scenes, party scenes, and street scenes are realistic with effective surround presence. Sound effects are limited, but overall the combination sets a haunting mood. Dialogue is the focus and is naturally executed with convincing spatial integration. Adrien Brody narration is nicely positioned frontal. Deep .1 LFE is used to intensify the mystery in particular segments. Overall, this is a sonic experience that builds with suspense along sounding naturally realistic. (Gary Reber)