Featured In Issue 247, January 2020

WSR Score5
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Lionsgate Home Entertainment
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Rupert Goold
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Based on the stageplay "End Of The Rainbow" by Peter Quilter, "Judy" is the story of iconic Judy Garland's final years. Thirty years after rising to global stardom in "The Wizard Of Oz," showbiz legend Judy Garland (Zellweger) arrives in London to perform a five-week sold-out run at The Talk of the Town. While preparing for the shows, Garland battles with management, reminisces with friends and adoring fans, and embarks on a whirlwind romance with soon-to-be fifth husband Mickey Deans—all while bravely struggling to overcome intensifying anxiety and physical decline. Featuring some of her best known songs, such as "Over The Rainbow," "For Once In My Life," and "Come Rain Or Come Shine," the movie celebrates the unyielding spirit and matchless talent of "the world's greatest entertainer." (Gary Reber)

Special features include the making-of featurette "From The Heart," a gallery, the theatrical trailer, upfront previews and a 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 with the Arri Alexa Studio camera system and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The color palette is beautifully warm and captures a filmic appearance. The Los Angeles segments appear warm. Some of the flashback segments exhibit a greenish tint. Contrast is excellent with deep blacks, revealing shadows, and warm lighting. The big production performances are beautiful and intimate. Resolution also is excellent, with fine detail exhibited throughout, especially impressive with respect to costume fabrics that Judy wears. Facial features, interior settings, and object textures are all nicely detailed. This is a very warm and appealing presentation that will not disappoint. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is full of wonderful, big band music and songs with Zellweger actually singing them. She is amazing! While major segments are frontal focused, the music occupies a solid soundstage presence with subtle but effective envelopment enhanced with enveloping surround energy. Ambient environments are nicely presented, which enhances the sense of realism of the period. Of particular note is the cavernous reverberant rehearsal hall (where Judy refuses to rehearse), which delivers effective spaciousness. Dialogue is intelligible, as is the singing with generally good spatial integration. If you are a Judy Garland fan, this is a wonderful tribute to a very talented women, and Zellweger delivers a commendable performance of songs attached to Judy. (Gary Reber_