Silencing, The

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Lionsgate Home Entertainment
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Violence, some disturbing images, and language
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In "The Silencing," a reformed hunter (Coster-Waldau,) and a sheriff (Wallis) are caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse when they set out to track a killer who may have kidnapped the hunter's daughter five years ago. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the featuettes "Making The Silencing" (HD 14:17) and "Creating A Weapon: The Silencing Spear" (HD 04:26), 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 in anamorphic Panavision® and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture is set in a rural area and forested sanctuary, which protects animals from hunting. Color fidelity is excellent with earthy hues. Varying brownish hues predominate with brighter hues exhibited in the small town locale exteriors and interiors, both during daylight and night. Contrast is quite good, with natural black levels and revealing shadow delineation exhibited in the night scenes. Bright highlights are natural without exaggeration. Fleshtones are naturally hued. Resolution is quite good with fine detail exhibited throughout, especially in closeups of facial features and clothing. This is a visually compelling picture that is realistic throughout. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is at times dynamic sounding with excellent natural atmospherics. Sound effects heighten the action sequences, especially the arrow launching killing apparatus. Ambient sounds of the forest and running river enhance the realism in the sanctuary. Dialogue is at times a bit muffled but generally spatially integrated. Sounds of Swanson's truck and the sheriff's vehicle are realistic. Everything is perfectly natural and dynamic with effective nuances, The music is synthesizer driven with interesting sonics. The music extends beyond the soundstage to the surrounds, providing envelopment, to create an excellent holosonic® soundfield. While the sonics are frontal focused, effective envelopment extends to the surrounds. Deep bass provides a strong foundation to the music. This is a well-crafted soundtrack that perfectly tracks the unfolding of the story. (Gary Reber)