"Emma." is the updated retelling of Jane Austin's nineteenth-century comedy on misguided matchmaking and romantic mishaps. Emma Woodhouse (Taylor-Joy) is a restless "queen bee" without rivals in her sleepy little English town. Emma must navigate her way through the challenges of growing up, misguided matches and romantic missteps to realize the love that has been there all along. (Gary Reber)
Special features include commentary with Director Autumn de Wilde, Screenwriter Eleanor Catton and Director of Photography Christopher Blauvelt; 13 deleted scenes (HD 44:28); a gag reel (HD 10:53); the featurettes "A Playful Tease" (HD 04:57), "Crafting A Colorful World" (HD 04:48) and "Autumn Gaze" (HD 04:46); and a Movies Anywhere digital code.
The 1.85:1 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 Arri Alexa LF camera system and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture is gorgeous with a wonderful rich and warm color palette that glows in exquisite hues. Colors are brilliantly saturated throughout yet appealingly natural in hue. Fleshtones are perfectly natural and nuanced. Contrast is excellent with candle-lit night interiors, natural daylight, and revealing shadow delineation. Black levels are deep and revealing of texture. Textural definition is wonderful. Resolution throughout exhibits fine detail in facial features and complexions with clothing and fabrics unbelievably revealing of nuanced detail. Environmental settings are sharply defined in the intricately decorated set pieces. This is a fully engaging and spectacular visual experience to behold with reference-quality imagery throughout. (Gary Reber)
The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is dialogue driven and while generally nicely integrated spatially, there is a forwardness at times. Atmospherics are realistic and surround enveloping. Foley sound effects are precise, imparting realism. Sound effects are mainly those associated with carriages and galloping horses. The orchestral score and piano solos occupy a wide and deep soundstage that extends aggressively throughout the soundfield. The music is the main sound element that provides aggressive surround envelopment. Fidelity is superb with a natural-sounding bass foundation. This is a wonderful soundtrack that delivers plenty of punctuated fun sonics that perfectly complements the poshness of the proceedings. (Gary Reber)