Book Club: The Next Chapter

Featured In Issue 268, July/August

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"Book Club: The Next Chapter" follows four best friends as they take their book club to Italy for the fun girls trip they never had. When things go off the rails and secrets are revealed, their relaxing vacation turns into a once-in-a-lifetime cross-country adventure. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the featurettes "Book Club: Back In Session" (HD 06:04), "Still Stylish" (HD 05:21) and "The Women In Italy" (HD 05:29) and a Movies Anywhere digital copy.

The 1.85:1 1080p picture, reviewed on a VIZIO Quantum X P85QX-JI UHD/HDR display, was photographed digitally using the Sony CineAlta Venice camera system and sourced from a 4K master Digital Intermediate format. Picture quality exhibits a warm and rich appearance with nicely saturated hues and wonderful hue shadings. Primaries are strong and vivid, The ladies dresses are colorful. Contrast is excellent with natural blacks, good shadow depth and natural white levels. Resolution is revealing of good detail in facial features, clothing and object texture, such as Italian architecture and Venice cityscapes. This is a beautifully colorful picture that is pleasing throughout. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1-channel soundtrack is dialogue focused with extensive ADR production, which often is wanting of spatial integration. But then this is generally the norm in soundtrack production. Atmospherics are realistic as well as are sound effects. The orchestral score is nicely recorded as well as the pop music. The soundstage is wide and deep and wraps to the surrounds to envelop the soundfield. Surround energy is subtly enveloping throughout. Overall, this is an enjoyable soundtrack. (Gary Reber)