Downton Abbey: The Motion Picture

Featured In Issue 246, December 2019

WSR Score5
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Based on the television series, "Downton Abbey: The Motion Picture" sees the original cast return, alongside a host of newcomers. The movie chronicles the Crawley family one year after the conclusion of the series, as they prepare for the most important moment of their lives: an impending visit from the Royal Family. The special visit unleaches scandal, romance and intrigue on the family and its staff members. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Director Michael Engler; eight deleted scenes (HD 05:33), cast conversations in roundtable interviews (HD 16:54); five featurettes: "The Royal Visit" (HD 03:15), "True To The Twenties" (HD 02:15), "Welcome To Downton Abbey" (HD 02:47), "The Brilliance Of Julian Fellowes" (HD 02:14) and "Downton Abbey Series Recap" (HD 10:09); upfront previews and a Movies Anywhere digital copy.

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 using the Sony CineAlta camera system and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. Color fidelity is absolutely gorgeous with rich and warm hues throughout. Primaries are strong and vivid. Everything, both exteriors and interiors, appears elegantly realistic with wonderful accurate hues. Ben Smithard's cinematography is stunning. Textural color and lighting enhances the realism of object textures and clothing fabrics. Fleshtones are accurate throughout and reveal subtle gradations of complexions. Contrast is superb, exhibiting deep blacks, revealing shadow delineation and natural light and lighting effects. Resolution is excellent throughout. The finest detail is revealed in environmental settings, interiors, objects, clothing and all manner of facial detail, such as lines, skin pores, hair, and light stubble. This is a spectacular and lavish reference-quality visual experience. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 7.1-channel soundtrack is dynamic sounding throughout with precise attention to nuances. John Lunn's sweeping orchestral score is frontal focused and provides perfect scene adherence. The score is wonderful and at times powerful, with a very wide and deep soundstage that extends to provide strong surround envelopment. Foley sound effects are impressively precise and realistic throughout and serve as a prime sound element. Atmospherics also enhance the realism of the settings. The village parade is spectacular with marching band and horses marching. Sound effects are at times powerful such as the steam train engine puffing white smoke while blowing whistle sounds in the opening scene. A powerful thunder and rain storm sound dynamic and enveloping throughout the soundfield. Deep bass enhances the dynamics of the sound effects with extension to sub-25 Hz. Dialogue is the primary sound element and is intelligible throughout with excellent spatial integration. This is a wonderfully articulate holosonic® soundtrack experience of reference quality. (Gary Reber)