Featured In Issue 244, October 2019

WSR Score4
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Lionsgate Home Entertainment
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Disturbing ritualistic violence and grisly images, strong sexual content, graphic nudity, drug use and lalnguage
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Ari Aster
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After a family tragedy, an American young woman (Pugh) reluctantly joins her boyfriend and some friends at a "Midsommar" festival in a remote Swedish village. What begins as a carefree summer holiday takes a sinister turn when the insular villagers invite their guests to partake in festivities that grow increasingly unnerving and viscerally disturbing. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the featurette "Let The Festivities Begin: Manifesting Midsommar" (HD 24:53), the "Bear In A Cage" promo (HD 01:01), trailers, upfront previews and a Movies Anywhere digital code.

The 2.00:1 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 Panavision Millennium DXL2 camera system and sourced from a 4K master Digital Intermediate format. Picture quality is impressive in nature and astonishingly realistic. Never exaggerated or stylized, color fidelity is superb, with natural hues. The meadow setting exhibits perfectly realistic green and other earthy colors. The girls' dance scene around the May pole exhibits flower headdress with bright red flowers mixed with other colorful blues and yellows. The white attire of the villagers are natural with excellent hue distinctions and shadings. Fleshtones are accurate throughout. Pawel Pogorzelski's cinematography is excellent. Contrast is well balanced with revealing shadow delineation in the interiors of the village structures. Black levels are deep but natural. White luminance and brightness is impressively natural as well. Resolution is incredible with the finest of detail revealed in every frame. Facial features are perfectly resolved and reveal skin pores, lines, hair, beards and varying complexions. The attire and dresses are nicely defined and reveal even the finest stitching of the traditional Swedish patterns. Every aspect of the earthy environment and objects, as well as the people and their attire, are perfectly captured. Image quality is exceptionally well crafted. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is exquisite and features a wonderfully haunting orchestral score, which occupies a wide and deep soundstage and extends aggressively to the surrounds. At times, the music really intensifies in the surround field and is dynamic sounding. Deep bass is associated with the music and never sounds exaggerated. Atmospherics perfectly enhance the sense of realism in the environmental setting with impressive nuanced sonics, such as wind-blown torch fires, a fire pit with crackling sounds, dust blowing in the wind and numerous other familiar sounds, which enhance the realism of the setting and the human interactions within. Sound effects also are naturally rendered and in perfect sync. Foley sound effects are sensitively executed with perfect sync matching. Dialogue is intelligible throughout and impressively integrated spatially for much of the movie, though, there is also quite a bit of ADR post production. This is a well-crafted holosonic® soundtrack that delivers an impressive emotional experience. (Gary Reber)