Whole Truth, The

Featured In Issue 215, March 2017

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In The Whole Truth, defense attorney Richard Ramsey (Reeves) takes on a personal case when he swears to his widowed friend, Loretta Lassiter (Zellweger), that he will keep her son Mike (Basso) out of prison. Charged with murdering his father, Mike initially confesses to the crime. But as the trial proceeds, chilling evidence about the kind of man that Boone Lassiter (Belushi) really was comes to light. While Ramsey uses the evidence to get his client acquitted, his new colleague, Janele (Mbatha-Raw), tries to dig deeper—and begins to realize that the whole truth is something she alone can uncover. (Gary Reber)

Special features include upfront previews and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.38:1 1080p AVC picture is naturally rendered and exhibits a warm, rich color palette. Hues appear well balanced in the various settings such as the courtroom and interior of an airplane. No hues really stand out. Fleshtones are perfectly natural in appearance. Contrast is well balanced and shadow delineation is revealing. Close-ups reveal fine detail, but otherwise resolution varies from sharp to soft. Overall, the imagery is cinematic with a sense of realism that is engaging. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is dialogue focused throughout, but dialogue is wanting in spatial integration, as it unnaturally is far forward sounding and not befitting the settings, especially during the courtroom sequences. Courtroom dialogue has a slight reverberation, which helps to define the reverent coatroom chamber. Occasionally, sound effects interject moments of surround. The music score is really the sole source of surround envelopment, which, while infrequent, delivers an effective emotional impact. Overall, this is a dialogue-centric courtroom drama, which effectively is engaging throughout. (Gary Reber)