BLU-RAY REVIEW

Searching

Featured In Issue 234, December 2018

Picture3.5
Sound3.5
WSR Score3.5
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(Studio/Distributor):
Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number):
54221
(MPAA Rating):
PG-13
(Rating Reason):
Strong language, bloody images, and language
(Retail Price):
$34.99
(Disc Type):
Single Side, Dual Layer (BD-50)
(Widescreen Edition):
Yes
(Full Screen Edition):
(Running Time In Minutes):
102
(Color Type):
Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access):
Yes
(Closed Captioned):
Yes
(Regional Coding):
A
(Theatrical Year):
(Theatrical Release):
Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release):
No
(Disc Release Date):
11/27/2018
(THX® Digitally Mastered):
(Director):
Aneesh Chaganty
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(Disc Soundtrack):
DTS HD Lossless 5.1
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(French Language):
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"Searching" is an enthralling missing person thriller. After David Kim (Cho)'s 16-year-old daughter goes missing, a local investigation is opened and a detective is assigned the case. But 37 hours later and without a single lead, David decides to search the one place no one has looked yet, where all secrets are kept today: his daughter's laptop. David must trace his daughter's digital footprints before she disappears forever. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Writer/Director Aneesh Chaganty and Writer/Producer Sev Ohanian, the featurettes "Changing The Language Of Cinema" (HD 11:25) and "Update Username: Cast And Characters" (HD 07:34), upfront previews, and a Movies Anywhere digital copy code.

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 digitally and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. Virtually the entire movie unravels on a computer screen, with searches on various social media sites and using Face Time, so resolution is limited to the screen resolution. The movie is extremely bright with a lot of white highlights surrounding text and videos. Color fidelity is rather raw and limited to computer cameras capturing the action. Screen contrast is good, especially with the black cursor against white screens. This is an unusual and innovative image-capture movie that is visually captivating. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audioô 5.1-channel soundtrack is entirely dialogue focused with music that provides the bulk of the soundtrack. Otherwise it is Breaking News live broadcasts and computer fidelity relating to videos. Computer typing strokes are prevalent. Other than those sonics, button sounds, beeps and telephone rings are also heard. The music score is mostly electronic with good fidelity and extended deep bass. Overall, the soundtrack perfectly suits the storytelling but is limited in terms of dynamic and enveloping sonics. (Gary Reber)