Same Kind Of Different As Me

Featured In Issue 226, April 2018

WSR Score5
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Michael Carney
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"Same Kind Of Different Me" is an inspirational true story that embraces the beauty of the human spirit. Successful art dealer Ron Hall (Kinnear) and his wife Debbie (Zellweger) seemingly have the perfect life. But when their faith and family are tested, an unlikely bond with a homeless drifter (Hounsou) leads them on a remarkable journey that forges an everlasting friendship. Based on the book by Ron Hall, Denver Moore & Lynn Vincent. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary by Director Michael Carney, Writer Ron Hall, and Writer Alexander Foard; the featurettes "Love Is Patient, Love Is Kind—The Making Of" (HD 26:54) and "Filming In Mississippi" (HD 10:35); 24 deleted and extended scenes with optional commentary by Carney, Hall, and Foard (HD 28:36); and an UllraViolet digital copy.

The 2.39:1 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 Red Epic Dragon camera system and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture, photographed by cinematographer Don Burgess, ASC, is gorgeous throughout, Color fidelity is superb with natural hues that exhibit warmth and richness. No hue is exaggerated but perfectly accurate. Some vividness is exhibited in paintings, such as reds, and the natural beauty of tree-lined streets and big-home properties. The flashback memories of Denver are also beautifully captured. Fleshtones throughout are naturally rendered. Dimensional depth is excellent as well. Resolution is stunning with finer detail revealed in facial features, skin pores, hair, beards, clothing and objects. Textural resolution is terrific. Contrast is well balanced and natural with deep blacks, revealing shadow delineation, and bright specular highlights. There is absolutely nothing to fault with this reference-quality picture. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is very reserved with a frontal focus on the part of all sound elements. Surround energy is subtle and low-keyed, consisting primarily of the orchestral score and some infrequent audience applause. Otherwise, atmospherics are perfectly realistic with the occasional sound effect, such as Denver smashing the Mission's windows and Ron Hall's Mercedes windows. The music is mellow and lush, and well recorded with a wide and deep soundstage. Dialogue is effectively integrated spatially. While surround energy is subtle, this is a wonderfully supportive soundtrack that won't disappoint. (Gary Reber)