Rain Man

Featured In Issue 267, May/June 2023

WSR Score5
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The Four-time Academy Award®-winning "Rain Man" is a profound, poignant film about a selfish man and the brother he never knew he had. Hotshot hustler Charlie Babbitt (Tom Cruise) feels he has been cheated out of his father's will. Inheriting only a prized 1949 Buick Roadmaster and a rose garden, he angrily seeks the beneficiary of the $3 million fortune. His investigation leads him to a mental home—where he meets his older brother Raymond (Dustin Hoffman, Best Actor Oscar®-winner) and"high-level" autistic. (Tricia Spears)

Special features include commentary by Director Barry Levinson; commentary by Writer Barry Morrow; commentary by Writer Ronald Bass; the featurettes "The Journey Of Rain Man" (HD 22:07) and "Lifting The Fog: A Look At The Mysteries Of Autism" (HD 20:13); a deleted scene (HD 02:10); and the original theatrical trailer.

The 1.78:1 aspect ratio, not 1.85:1, 2160p HEVC/H.265 4K Ultra HD Dolby Vision/HDR10 picture, reviewed on a VIZIO Quantum X P85QX-JI UHD/HDR display, was photographed on 35mm Eastman film stock in Academy Standard Flat using the Panaflex camera system and sourced from a 4K master Digital Intermediate format. Picture quality is superb. The filmic quality exhibits a fine grain structure. The excellent color palette exhibits warm and rich hues that are saturated and at times pop. The scenic vistas along the road trip from Cincinnati to Los Angeles exhibits realistic earth tones. Flesh tones are mostly natural and healthy looking but at times orangery. HDR contrast is excellent with natural black levels, revealing shadows and superb white levels that exhibit specular highlights. Resolution is excellent throughout. Facial features reveal skin pores, lines, beard stubble and hair. Clothing reveals nuanced thread structure. Objects are sharp and clear and enhance the realism of the settings. This is a wonderful picture. (Gary Reber)

The repurposed DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1-channel soundtrack is dialogue focused and mostly monaural, though the front left and right loudspeakers handle the majority of the soundtrack load, with the surround channels adding just the perfect balance of atmosphere and ambience to the presentation. It seems that great care was taken in the remastering process to give the listener a superb and highly immersive listening experience. There is occasional subtle surround and aggressive surround, mostly from the music and at times sound effects. The music occupies a wide and deep spatial dimension, extending to the surrounds. Atmospherics nicely enhance the brothers' road trip from Cincinnati to Los Angeles. Sound effects also provide realism along the journey. Dialogue sounds effectively spatially integrated. The soundtrack exhibits excellent openness, smoothness, spatial integration, and an overall enveloping presence. (Gary Reber)