The Loneliest Boy In The World

Featured In Issue 264, November/December 2022

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"The Loneliest Boy In The World" is billed as a modern fairytale––except with zombies. When the sheltered and unsocialized Oliver is tasked with making new friends after the sudden and devastating death of his mother, he decides tha digging a few up (literally) might be his best bet. However, when he awakens the morning after his excavating escapades, he discovers that his newly acquired friends have mysteriously come to life overnight, launching them all into a series of misadventures as they try to keep their secret safe from neighbors, classmates and social workers alike. (Gary Reber)

Special features include a behind-the-scenes featurette (HD 05:07), trailer and upfront previews.

The 2.39:1 2160p HEVC/H.265 Ultra HD picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, was photographed digitally and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The color palette is natural and saturated. Oliver's home is pinkish in hue. Exteriors are along the sea coast and in a cemetery. It all appears natural. Contrast is generally good with natural back levels and shadows. White levels are natural. Resolution is excellent in terms of facial features and zombie makeup. Clothing is well defined. Object texture is realistic, This is a very strange and weird but funny progression of imagery. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1-channel soundtrack is dialogue focused with good intelligibility and spatial integration. Atmospherics sound natural as are sound effects such as Oliver's car engine and door slam sounds. The music score is well recorded and diverse in genre. Surround energy is aggressively enveloping and delivers a satisfying holosonic® experience. (Gary Reber)