Hustlers 4K Ultra HD

Featured In Issue 246, December 2019

WSR Score3.5
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Lorene Scafaria
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"Hustlers" follows Destiny (Wu), a young stripper struggling to make ends meet. That is, until she meets Ramona (Lopez), the club's savvy top earner, who shows her the way toward making big bucks. But when the 2008 economic collapse hits their Wall Street clientele hard, Destiny and Ramona concoct a plan with their fellow strippers to turn the tables on these greedy power players. It's a wild, modern-day Robin Hood tale. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Director Lorene Scafaria, two trailers and a Movies Anywhere digital code.

The 2.39:1 2160p HEVC/H.265 Ultra HD HDR10/Dolby Vision picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, was photographed digitally using Panavision Millennium DXL camera systems and sourced from a 4K master Digital Intermediate format. The color palette is vivid throughout, with strong primaries and rich and warm hues. Colors are nicely saturated with a wide color gamut that reveals nuanced hues. There is a lot of skin involved and fleshtones appear to be accurate with distinguishing complexions. HDR contrast is excellent with effective lighting effects and spotlighting that define the environments the girls work in. Black levels are deep and shadow delineation is revealing. Todd Banhazl's cinematography makes for captivating images with close-ups and near image capture. Resolution is excellent. Fine detail in facial and body features is exhibited throughout, which defines a range of detail in tones, skin, hair and clothing. Object texture in nicely defined as well, especially in the strip clubs and their back rooms, as well as the girls' living quarters. WOW! segments include segments probably not suited except for adult audiences, but there are others that exhibit the picture quality such as from 22:04 to 23:34, 38:35 to 40:05, 55:02 to 56:58 and 01:11:51 to 01:15:02.

This is a wonderful colorful and sharp picture that is definitely eye-catching with reference-quality segments. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1-channel soundtrack is actively dynamic with a forward pop score that completely envelops the soundfield with extension to the height layer. The music occupies a wide and deep soundstage with aggressive extension to the surrounds. Numerous segments are accompanied with just a solo piano. Foley sound effects are realistic throughout. Atmospherics are convincing and sound effects, while not prominent, are well executed. The bass foundation rides with the music. Dialogue is a bit forward sounding and wanting in spatial integration but is intelligible throughout.

The Immersive Sound element delivers some aggressive height layer effects such as the opening scene with female voices and the strip club announcer, the club audience, club and dressing room din, street traffic, rooftop city ambience, shopping mall ambience, a hospital emergency drive-up, police sirens, the "hands up" voice and numerous scene low-level ambience din. The music extension is at times very aggressive, while at other times distant. In either case, the music is an effective element.

This is a vibrant holosonic® spherical surround soundtrack that perfectly complements the high-priced stripper scene. (Gary Reber)