Battle Of The Sexes

WSR Score3.5
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20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
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Some sexual content and partial nudity
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121 Minutes
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Valerie Faria & Jonathan Dayton
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"Battle Of The Sexes" is based on the electrifying true story of the 1973 tennis match between women's champion Billie Jean King (Stone) and former men's champ Bobb Riggs (Carell) As fierce rivals on opposite sides of the court and the gender equality issue, Billie Jean and Bobby served up a cultural spectacle that resonated far beound the sporting world. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the featurette "Reigniting The Rivalry" (HD 18:52), raw footage: Billie Jean's Grand Entrance (HD 02:17), Billie Jean King: In Her Own Words (HD 10:30), galleries, upfront previews and a Movies Anywhere digital copy app.

The 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, upconverted to 2160p with greater resolution and luminance, was photographed on Kodak Vision3 film stock with the Arricam LT and ST camera systems in Super 35 and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture exhibits a filmic tone, but film grain never becomes noticeable. The color palette is rich and warm in hue, with bright imagery throughout. At times colors nicely pop and ae well saturated. Fleshtones retain a natural appearance. Contrast is excellent with deep blacks and solid shadow delineation. Resolution is excellent with fine detail evident, especially in close-ups of facial features, skin pores, hair and object texture such as the netting on the tennis court and furnishings in interiors. This is a pleasing picture with an appealing colorful spectrum. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1-channel soundtrack rather conventional with a focus on dialogue and far less on actual tennis action. Atmospherics are supportive of the locals and on the tennis court and spectators in the stands, with sound effects enhancing the realism of volleying over the net. The music score is fluid and nicely supportive as well. Surround envelopment extends to all four surround channels but rather low-keyed overall, and mostly credited to the extension of the music, which at times is robust, Deep bass energizes during the championship match at the end. Dialogue intelligibility is good with credible spatial integration. Overall, this is a pleasing soundtrack, but not particularly distinguished.