"Redeeming Love" is a powerful story of love and perseverance as a young couple's relationship clashes with the harsh realities of the California Gold Rush of 1850. Angel (Abigail Cowen), facing demons that seem unsurmountable meets Michael (Tom Lewis), a farmer who wants her for his wife. As Angel experiences love for the first time, feelings of unworthiness cause her to run from the new life she doesn't think she deserves. When Michael sets out to find her, Angel discovers that she has the power to choose the life she wants. (Gary Reber)
Special features include the featurettes "From The Author –– Francine Rivers" (HD 0:52) and "Casting Redeeming Love" (HD 03:37), eight deleted scenes (HD 07:34), upfront previews and a Movies Anywhere digital code.
The 1.85:1 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, upconverted to 2160p with greater resolution and luminance, was photographed on film and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. Picture quality is excellent with a warm and rich color palette perfect for the textures of the Gold Rush period. Sepia hues dominate. Flesh tones are naturally hued. Contrast is excellent with deep, solid blacks and revealing shadow delineation. White levels are naturally illuminated. Resolution is excellent, especially in closeups of facial features, including hair and beards, which are prominent on the men of the period in the gold towns. Clothing is finely defined as well as object textures, This is a beautifully looking picture that appears to realistically capture the period. (Gary Reber)
The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1-channel soundtrack is dialogue focused, which is generally well integrated spatially. Outdoor scenes are ADR produced and wanting in better integration. Atmospherics are realistic as are supporting sound effects that enhance the western setting. The orchestral score is soothing with a wide and deep soundstage that extends to strongly envelop the soundstage. Bass extension sounds natural and supporting of fullness in the music. This is a pleasing soundtrack that nicely complements the visuals. (Gary Reber)