High Voltage

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Alex Keledjian
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In "High Voltage," a struggling rock band, led by washed-out rock star Jimmy Kleen (Arquette), strikes a deal with cynical record executive Rick (Wilson). Things take a sinister turn when the band's lead singer, Rachel (Gonino), and her controlling stage mother, Barb (Reeves) both get struck by lightning and killed. Rachel is brought back to life, but she is different than before: confident, sexy, with an irresistible stage presence. Lightning courses through her veins and she uses her new supernatural electrical powers to drain the life from men and turn it into electrifying stage performances. Her bandmates, including guitarist Scott (Donowho), discover her dark secret, and have to decide just how far they are willing to let her go to help them succeed. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Director Alex Keledjian.

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 in anamorphic Panavision® using the Arri Alexa camera system and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The imagery is at times intensely stylized, while a majority of the imagery appears natural, with excellent color fidelity. The stylized segments exhibit a strongly saturated color palette. The stylization is injected from time to time in the natural segments. Fleshtones are generally natural. Contrast is decent, with black levels revealing as well as shadow imagery. Resolution is excellent, with fine detail exhibited in most scenes. Overall, the imagery is crafted with a strong visual sense that is engaging throughout. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is naturally dynamic sounding, though, dialogue is at times very inconsistent for the most part, sounding ADR forward. Jimmy's narration is nicely positioned with appropriate forwardness. The music is rock-n'-roll throughout for the most part with orchestral interludes spread wide across the soundstage with strong surround extension. Atmospherics and Foley sound effects are realistic. Sound effects, such as lightning and thunder, sound powerful and realistic as well. Deep bass extension to sub-25 Hz provides enhanced dynamics and power to the sound effects and the music. This is an engaging soundtrack with moments of powerful music that kicks. (Gary Reber)