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BLU-RAY REVIEW

Siberia

Featured In Issue 256, July/August 2021

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Sound4
WSR Score2.5
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(Studio/Distributor):
Lionsgate Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number):
59188
(MPAA Rating):
R
(Rating Reason):
Strong sexual content, nudity/graphic nudity, some disturbing violence, and bloody images
(Retail Price):
$21.99
(Disc Type):
Single Side, Dual Layer (BD-50)
(Widescreen Edition):
Yes
(Full Screen Edition):
(Running Time In Minutes):
92
(Color Type):
Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access):
Yes
(Closed Captioned):
Yes
(Regional Coding):
A
(Theatrical Year):
(Theatrical Release):
Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release):
No
(Disc Release Date):
6/22/2021
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(Director):
Abel Ferrara
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(Disc Soundtrack):
DTS HD Lossless 5.1
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In "Siberia," Clint (Dafoe) tends bar at a snowbound roadhouse whose patrons speak a language he doesn't understand, and things may not be what they seem. Desperate for answers, he drives a sled team to a nearby cave, but finds no peace. Are the spirits that confront him mere figments of his imagination––or will they slowly tear his body and soul to pieces? (Gary Reber)

Special features include the trailer 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 and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. Contrast is an element that tremendously impacts picture quality with white snow, dark clouds, a shadowy cave, a bright intense sun burst, desert sand—all compelling imagery, The interior of the rustic isolated cabin is warm with nuanced wood hues. Fleshtones are natural in every unique setting. This is a very strange and artsy movie with unusual visuals of hallucinations of sorts. (Gary Reber_

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is built on atmospherics in the various settings with natural sounds of nature and wind. An occasional sound effect is dynamic sounding. Foley sound effects enhance the realism, The soundtrack for the most part is very quiet with dialogue interspersed that sounds well integrated spatially. The music is sparse but nicely recorded. Deep bass is generally subtle as a foundational element. In one segment an old 50's sound burst from a 45 rpm phono player that has a characteristically distorted sound when "Runaway," performed by Del Shannon is played. The piano segment sounds very good. This is a very unusual soundtrack. (Gary Reber)