The Righteous

Featured In Issue 262, July/August

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In "The Righteous," a former priest, Frederic Mason (Henry Czemy), anguished by the tragic death of his young daughter, finds himself wrestling with his religious convictions when a mysterious young man (Mark O'Brien) appears wounded on his doorstep in need of assistance. After he and hi wife Ethel (Mimi Kuzyk) welcome him across he threshold and into their household, Frederic sees an opportunity for redemption in this mysterious and troubled lost soul, who might just be an emissary from God, or maybe the Devil. (Gary Reber)

Special features include new commentary by Wrier/Director/Editor Mark O'Brien and Writer Spencer Jones, Grimmfest 2021 Q&A With Mark O'Brien (HD 19:36), stage presentation and Q&A with Mark O'Brien and Henry Czemy from the World Premier at Fantasia International Film Festival 2021 (HD 32:35), cast and crew interviews, original soundtrack, reversible sleeve, image gallery (HD 65:17) , radio silent roundtable, theatrical trailer and 20-page full illustrated collector's booklet.

The 2.39:1 1080p AVC black-and-white 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 camera system and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. Photographed within and without a house in the countryside of Newfoundland. The gray scale appears accurate with really deep blacks, revealing shadows and natural light levels. Clarity and sharpness are attributes. Contrast is excellent. Resolution is excellent with fine detail exhibited throughout both in the foreground closeups and midrange framing. Facial features are revealing of lines, pores, beard stubble and hair. Clothing exhibits fine detail as well as object textures. This is a stunning black-and-white picture that is compelling. (Gary Reber)

The DTS=HD Master Audio 5.1-channel soundtrack is preferred to the optional LPCM 2.0 soundtrack for a sense of spatial dimensionality, though surround energy is generally subdued. There is a very interesting music/choral score by Andrew Staniland that is enhanced with deep, pounding bass. This effectively creates dramatic tension. This is a dialogue focused feature. Dialogue is intelligible throughout with generally good spatial integration. Atmospherics are generally subtle. Foley sound effects are perfectly synced with picture. This a well-crafted soundtrack and perfectly supports the storytelling. (Gary Reber)