King Richard

Featured In Issue 259, January/February 2022

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Reinaldo Marcus Green
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In "King Richard," Richard Williiams (Will Smith), armed with a clear vision and brazen 78-page plan, is determined to write his daughters into history. Training on Compton, California's abandoned tennis courts rain or shine the girls are shaped by their father's unyielding commitment and their mother's (Aunjanue Ellis) balanced perspective and keen intuition, defining the seemingly insurmountable odds and prevailing expectations laid before them. Based on the true story of a
family whose unwavering resolve and
unconditional belief ultimately delivers two of the work's greatest sports legends. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the featurettes "Following The Plan" (HD 09:07), "Becoming Richard" (HD 06:26) and "Chhampions On Screen" (HD 05:51), two deleted scenes (03:03) and a Movies Anywhere 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 using the Arri Alexa Mini, Arri Alexa XT Plus, and Panavision Millennium DXL2 and sourced from a 4K master Digital Intermediate format. A 4K Ultra HD is available but Warner Bros. did not provide a disc for review. Picture quality is excellent with a warm and rich color palette that exhibits naturalness. No hue is exaggerated with every frame exhibiting excellent natural balance. Flesh tones are perfectly natural. Contrast is superb with natural black levels, revealing shadow delineation, and bright white levels. Resolution is revealing of find detail such as facial features including skin pores, lines, hair, beards and beard stubble; clothing and object textures that delineate the Compton ghetto environment, the Williams home, tennis courts and other environments. This is a very realistic picture that is engaging throughout. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1-channel soundtrack is frontal focused and often monaural focused. Dialogue is prominent and for the most part is well integrated spatially. Atmospherics are realistic, especially the tennis environments as well as Foley sound effects. Bass is at a natural level and supportive. The orchestral score is well recorded with a wide soundstage that extends to envelop the soundfield. Surround energy is basically environmental and the music.

The Immersive Sound is comprised of the orchestral score, for the most part, but otherwise the height layer is limited with opportunities not pursued.

This is a satisfying ear level soundtrack steep in realism. (Gary Reber)