Cut Throat City

Featured In Issue 252, October/November 2020

WSR Score3.5
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"Cut Throat City" is the story of four boyhood friends from New Orleans' Lower Ninth Ward who return after Hurricane Katrina to decimated homes, no jobs, and no help from FEMA. Out of options, they reluctantly turn to a local gangster, who offers them one shot at turning their situation around—by pulling off a dangerous heist in the heart of the city. When the job goes bad, the friends find themselves on the run, hunted by two relentless detectives and a neighborhood warlord who thinks they stole the heist money. (Gary Reber)

Special features include a behind-the-scenes featurette (HD 08:58), six deleted scenes (HD 10:24), a teaser and the theatrical trailer.

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® using the Arri Alexa Mini camera system and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture exhibits a tendency to look gritty, though, color fidelity is generally good. Hues are natural in appearance with good saturation. Fleshtones are natural throughout as well. Contrast is generally good, though, black levels are undefined. Shadow delineation is revealing. Resolution is excellent with facial features finely resolved with revealing lines, skin pores, hair and beards. Object textures are finely resolved as well. This is a visually engaging picture that will please fans of the genre. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is comprised of a dynamic music score with a rhythmic bass beat. Atmospherics are excellent and realistic. The ninth ward locale and the settings are well resolved. Sound effects also are realistic with plenty of punch such as gunshots, door slams, car sounds, etc. Foley sound effects are effectively realistic. Dialogue is generally intelligible and dimensional with good spatial integration. This is an engaging soundtrack that is gritty and real. Surround envelopment is spatially dimensional. Bass can extend deep. This a nicely serviceable soundtrack that is satisfying. (Gary Reber)