Snitch 4K UltraHD

Featured In Issue 220, October 2017

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In Snitch, a successful businessman (Johnson) learns his son faces 10 tough years in a Federal hole for drug possession. Convinced it was a setup, he volunteers to become an undercover informant and infiltrate a ruthless cartel. Now, with his back against the wall and his life totally on the line, he must expose the true criminals before they discover his identity. (Gary Reber)

Special features on the Blu-ray Disc include commentary with Co-Writer/Director Ric Roman Waugh and Editor Jonathan Chibnall, the making-of featurette Privileged Information (HD 49:37), four deleted scenes (HD 05:35), the theatrical trailer, upfront previews, and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.40:1 2160p HEVC/H.265 4K Ultra HD HDR-10 picture was filmed digitally using the Canon and Red Epic camera systems at a resolution of 5K with a master format Digital Intermediate at 2K (not 4K). As the 2K Digital Intermediate has been upconverted to 2160p, there is no real gain in native resolution. Still, the picture exhibits noticeably more detail and luminance than the Blu-ray Disc. Fine detail is evident in close-ups of facial features, hair, clothing, and objects. Clarity and sharpness is excellent. The color palette is richer, with warm hues in fleshtones. Other hues are strong as well. Contrast is excellent, with bright highlights, deep blacks, and revealing shadow delineation. The contrasts in the night scenes are dramatic and daylight scenes are impressively sharp. This is a more vivid presentation compared to the Blu-ray, with noticeably finer detail evident throughout. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1-channel soundtrack is an upgrade from the Blu-ray with two additional surround channels and height immersion effects, which enhance the holosonic® spherical experience during action sequences. Otherwise, the Immersive Sound element is limited to a subtle reflection of the music score and the occasional sound effect burst. The music score is enveloping on the horizontal plane. Deep bass, at times, is forceful, with .1 LFE energy enhancing the sound effects and the music. While billed as a thriller, the focus actually is far more on dialogue, rather than intense action. Thus, the soundtrack has quite a bit of quiet dialogue moments. Still, when the action heats up, the soundfield becomes extremely directionalized with discrete gunfire exploding everywhere, enhanced with articulate bass energy. The music score maintains continuity throughout, either quietly in the background or more forward and boisterous. Also, atmospherics throughout enhance the sense of realism. While the bigger set pieces provide the excitement, the overall sonic character is well produced. Throughout, dialogue is intelligible, with good spatial integration. (Gary Reber)