Intruder, The

Featured In Issue 242, August 2019

WSR Score4
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"The Intruder" is the story of a young married couple (Ealy and Good) who buy their dream house in the Napa Valley. They think they have found the perfect home to take their next steps as a family. But when the strangely attached seller (Quaid) continues to infiltrate their lives, they begin to suspect that he has hidden motivations beyond a quick sale. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Director Deon Taylor, Writer David Loughery, Producer Roxanne Avent and Actors Meagan Good and Michael Ealy; the "Making A Modern Thriller" featurette (HD 12:24); an alternate ending (HD ); six deleted and alternate scenes (HD 11:57); a gag reel (HD 03:08); 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 digitally and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture is often pumped up in terms of color saturation, making for an unnatural presentation. Hues are strongly saturated throughout. Colors do often pop and primaries are vivid. Fleshtones vary in color fidelity from natural to exaggerated intensity. Contrast is good but the oversaturation results in less clarity. Blacks are deep and solid, but shadow delineation is not particularly revealing. Highlights are bright and spotlighting is effective. Resolution is excellent, with fine detail exhibited in facial features, skin pores, lines, makeup, hair, clothing, and all manner of object texture. While resolution is excellent, the oversaturated tone of the imagery calls negative attention to this fault, though, such saturation may have been by design. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack delivers excellent atmospherics, as in the nature setting surrounding the house, as well as the general sense of realism within and outside the house. Exterior sounds extend to the surrounds, enhancing the soundfield envelopment. Sound effects such as a motorized mower, luxury sports car revs, and gunfire are enhanced with powerful deep bass. Deep bass adds effectively to the building suspense and terror. The orchestral and music score is nicely recorded and occupies a wide and deep soundstage, which extends to the surrounds. It also uses deep bass to energize the soundfield. Dialogue is consistently intelligible with generally good spatial integration. The suspense and terror progressively builds to a climax, supported by an energized score and sound effects that truly create an engaging holosonic® experience. (Gary Reber)