Featured In Issue 209, September 2016

WSR Score3.5
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Lionsgate Home Entertainment
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In Backtrack, psychologist Peter Bower's (Brody) life is thrown into turmoil when he discovers that the patients he has been seeing are ghosts. Risking his own sanity, Peter delves into his past to uncover a terrifying secret, which only he can put right. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the featurette The Psychology Of Backtrack (HD 05:25), upfront previews, and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture exhibits highlights that are very warm and rich in hue while backgrounds tend to be dark and gloomy. Still, the imagery is naturally rendered, yet haunting. The scenes are mostly at night, and even the daylight scenes appear overcast and darkish. Fleshtones are generally natural in appearance but at times are pushed toward red for stylization. The imagery creates a building tenseness as Peter realizes he is treating the ghosts from a suspected accidental train wreck from his youth, caused by his negligence. Contrast is well balanced throughout, with excellent black levels and revealing shadow delineation. This is a dark picture experience that will best be viewed in a darkened home theatre environment, and is visually engaging throughout. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is also gloomy, with an emphasis on atmospherics, both nuanced and loud, as well as sound effects, to heighten his dealings with his past. Creaking doors and train sound effects, as well as swells of energy, enhance the suspense and haunts. These are mostly frontal but at times extend aggressively to the surrounds. Deep bass extends to sub-25 Hz in the .1 LFE during intense segments. The orchestral music is haunting in timbre and effectively enhances the brooding pace of the storytelling. The music occupies a wide and deep soundstage presence that nicely extends to the surrounds. Dialogue is nicely integrated spatially and is articulate. This is a hauntingly rich soundtrack with terrific fidelity that has effective moments of holosonic® spatial dimension that has effective dynamic moments. (Gary Reber)