Sorry To Bother You

Featured In Issue 234, December 2018

WSR Score5
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20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
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Pervasiive language, some strong sexual content, graphic nudity and drug use
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Boots Riley
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"Sorry To Bother You" is an outrageously surreal look at capitalism, corporate greed, and fractured workplace dynamics. In an alternate present-day version of Oakland, California, struggling telemarketer Cassius Green (Stanfield) discovers a magical key to professional success, which propels him into a macabre universe. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Director Boots Riley, the featurette "Beautiful Clutter With Director Boots Riley" (HD 11:55), upfront previews, trailers, a gallery, and a Movies Anywhere digital copy code.

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 Arri Alexa Mini camera system and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. While this is a stylized, and at times psychedelic-like picture, it exhibits a really natural appearance, especially during the office and exterior scenes. The imagery is dominated by bright, rich, and bold colors that exhibit an engaging saturated warmth. Fleshtones are rendered natural throughout. Contrast is well balanced with good black levels and shadow delineation. Resolution is excellent. Fine detail is seen throughout in all manner of objects and textures, facial features, make-up, hair, beards and clothing. The imagery is uniquely compelling, especially the earrings worn by Tessa Thompson, the golden elevator doors, and entrance to the Power Callers level. This is a visually stimulating picture with a bold, bright and vivid aura. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is dialogue focused with an engaging twist, yet with good spatial integration when the dialogue is "real." The electrifying music provides a strong aggressive surround. The music delivers powerfully deep bass and nicely energized .1 LFE support. The music also is dynamic sounding with effective punctuation. At times sound effects excite the surrounds. The crowd at a party during a rap sequence or a unionized crowd demonstration is nicely enveloping. The sonics and sound effects are cleverly formed during segments where Cash's call "victims" are in the frame with him or when Cash abruptly crashes into their lives. This is a very creative and at times holosonic® soundtrack that is adventuresome with a forwardly aggressive music score. (Gary Reber)