Featured In Issue 223, January 2018

WSR Score5
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Reginald Hudlin
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"Marshall" is based on the incredible true story of future Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall and one of the landmark cases of his life. It follows the young lawyer (Boseman) to conservative Connecticut to defend a black chauffeur (Brown) charged with sexual assault and attempted murder of his white socialite employer (Hudson). Muzzled by a segregationist court, Marshall partners with a courageous young Jewish lawyer (Gad) and together they mount the defense in an environment of racism and anti-Semitism. (Gary Reber)

Special features include upfront previews and a digital copy.

The 2.00:1 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, upconverted to 2160p with greater resolution and luminance, was photographed digitally using the large-format Arri Alexa 65 camera system and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The imagery is incredibly realistic. Picture quality is wonderful with a beautifully warm and rich color palette. The warmth of the wood architectural treatment in the courtroom is eye candy. Such incredible fine detail is exhibited as well with other object textures. Every aspect of the imagery is absolutely gorgeous. Fleshtones appear accurate throughout. Contrast is superb as well with deep, solid blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Production and lighting design are fabulous, which effectively creates the period's realism. Resolution is superb, with fine detail exhibited throughout. Facial features, skin pores, hair, beards, clothing and object texture is finely detailed. This is one of those rare pictures that achieves absolute reference quality, treading on the best Ultra HD quality, and will mesmerize home theatre enthusiasts. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is dialogue focused with effective spatial integration and superb intelligibility. The dialogue spoken in the courtroom expands very subtly to the surrounds. Substantial surround envelopment extends to the wonderful jazzy music score. Otherwise, atmospherics, Foley sound effects, and other soundscape renderings are frontally spread. Some exceptions apply, such as the noisy crowds at the front of the courthouse, which aggressively extend to the surrounds. The music is nicely recorded with a wide and deep soundstage presence. This is a terrific soundtrack that sounds natural and never exaggerated, with authentic dynamic range. (Gary Reber)