Skellig: The Owl Man

Featured In Issue 152, December 2010

WSR Score4.5
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Based on the popular children's novel by David Almond, "Skellig: The Owl Man" is a story of a boy and his unusual, reluctant companion. Young Michael (Milner) is intelligent, impressionable—and he hates his life. His new home is shabby and embarrassing. He has grown distant from his family. He's friendless and a prime target for the bullies at school. Worst of all, his baby sister is dangerously ill. But things change when Michael discovers a very strange occupant in the backyard garage. Dirty, irritable—with highly unusual habits—Skellig (Roth) also has one remarkable trait: atrophied wings wrapped around his back. Soon, magical things begin to happen to Michael, giving hope to his dreary life—and he is sure that Skellig is responsible. When Michael's sister takes a turn for the worse, he looks once more to his shy, odd friend. Can Skellig help Michael one more time? (Gary Reber)

Special features include the trailer.

The 1080p AVC picture exhibits perfectly natural imagery, with well-balanced contrast, colors, and black levels. The color palette is naturally hued with accurate fleshtones. The forest scenes are impressively natural in hue and character, as is Skellig's quarters. Shadow delineation is wonderful and revealing of fine textures. Blacks are deep and solid as well, which enhance dimensionality. Resolution also is excellent, especially during close-ups of facial features and object textures. The imagery is pristine, with a cinematic quality. This is a beautifully photographed picture with wonderful cinematography that is pleasing throughout. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is quietly engaging and holosonic® sounding, with a nicely recorded music score that provides an enveloping surround presence, as does the excellent rendering of atmospheric sound effects that often provide aggressive directonality. While dialogue is mostly production sound, spatial integration is remarkably dimensional, with a perfectly natural presence and weight. Low-frequency .1 LFE effects at times create dynamic soundscapes that heighten suspense and drama, extending to sub-25 Hz levels. This is a wonderfully engaging soundtrack whose sound design is sensitive to the various environments depicted in the scenes. (Gary Reber)