High Strung Free Dance

Featured In Issue 250, June/July 2020

WSR Score5
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"High Strung Free Dance" is the sequel to the dance hit "High Strung." Zander Raines (Thomas Doherty), a dazzling young choreographer, gives the break of a lifetime to two hopeful artists when he casts a stunning contemporary dancer, Barlow (Juliet Doherty) and innovative pianist, Charlie (Jarvis) in New York's most-anticipated new Broadway show: Free Dance. But the move throws off the show's delicate creative balance when Charlie falls hard for Barlow while Zander embraces her as his muse. The emotions run hot, igniting a roller coaster of impassioned rivalry, romance and determination. The question is, how much are these talented artists wiling to risk for love? (Gary Reber)

Special features include a behind-the-scenes featurette (HD 07:59), an interview with Composer Nathan Lanier (HD 01:59), and the music videos "Masterpiece" (HD 04:13) and "Liar" (HD 03:41).

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 and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture really brings New York City to life with stunningly bright and lush colorful imagery. Colors are vividly saturated and natural in hue. Colors pop throughout, especially reds and primaries. Fleshones are vibrantly healthy. The production design is energized with terrific lighting and spot effects. Contrast is excellent with perfect black levels, revealing shadow delineation, and bright highlights. Resolution is superb with fine detail exhibit throughout, for a wonderfully sharp and clear picture. This is one of those rare finds in picture quality that makes digital capture wonderfully contemporary. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby Digital 5.1-channel soundtrack features an artful blend of original orchestrations, reimagined classical pieces, along with rap and pop, all beautifully recorded and presented. The music completely envelops the sound field with energy. The music is dynamic sounding and supported with natural-sounding deep bass. The music is seemingly constant. Atmospherics are nicely complementary and realistic. Dialogue is intelligible and naturally integrated spatially. This is a magical presentation that is thrilling and often exhilarating as a holosonic® experience. (Gary Reber)