Old Man & The Gun, The

Featured In Issue 242, August 2019

WSR Score3.5
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20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
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"The Old Man & The Gun" is about the mostly true story Forest Tucker (Redford)––from his daring prison escape at age 70 to an unprecedented string of bank heists that confounded authorities and enchanted the public. Wrapped up in the pursuit are detective John Hunt (Affleck), who is captivated by Forest's commitment to his craft, and Jewel (Spacek), the woman who loves him despite his criminal ways. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Writer/Director David Lowery; five feaurettes: "Everything Else We Shot" (HD 09:10), "Prison Cats" (HD 02:53), "On Filmmaking" (HD 12:50), "31 Wake-Ups" (HD 06:34) and "Joining The Hunt" (HD 03:15); upfront previews; and a Movies Anywhere digital 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 on 16 mm film in Super 16 using the Arriflex 415 camera system and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format.This is a terrific filmic picture and unbelievably photographed in 16 mm. Film grain is an integral part of the look but never appears objectionable. The color is rich and warm with strong, natural saturation. Fleshtones are accurately rendered. Contrast is generally good with deep blacks, but shadow delineation is at times wanting. Resolution is actually good, though, there is quite a bit of softness. Close-ups crack the softness with fine detail in facial features. This is a natural-looking picture throughout. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is great, with atmospherics nicely presented across the soundstage and in the surrounds, such as the police office and varying bank ambience. Even the scenes on Jewel's horse farm are a treat. Throughout, the music is predominant. Fidelity is excellent. The music completely envelops the soundfield, extending wide and deep across the soundstage with a perfectly weighted surround presence. Music depth is excellent. Bass extension provides heft to sound effects and sounds natural with no exaggeration. This is a pleasing and delightful holosonic® soundtrack. (Gary Reber)