About My Father

Featured In Issue 268, July/August

WSR Score4
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Lionsgate Home Entertainment
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Laura Terruso
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In "About My Father," generations collide in this comedy. Sebastian (Sebastian Maniscalco) is encouraged by his fiancée (Leslie Bibb) to bring his Italian hairdresser father Salvo (Robert De Niro) to a weekend get-together to meet her wealthy and eccentric family (Anders Holm, David Rasche, Brett Dier, and Kim Cattrall). As the weekend turns into an outrageous clash of cultures, Sebastian and Salvo discover that the great thing about family is everything about family. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the featurettes "One Big Happy Family: Making About My Father" (HD 10:53), "Sebastian: The Big Stage To The Big Screen" (HD 05:41) and "About My Look: From Frugal To Fancy" (HD 05"19), theatrical trailer and a digital copy.

The 2.39:1 1080p picture, reviewed on a VIZIO Quantum X P85QX-JI UHD/HDR display, was photographed digitally using the Arri Alexa LF, and Arri Alexa Mini LF and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture exhibits a natural color palette. Hues are realistically strong in tone. At times hues pop. Flesh tones appear natural, Contrast is realistic with well-balanced black levels, revealing shadows and bright, but natural white level. Resolution is a bit on the soft side though closeups can appear with good detail. Overall, sharpness and clarity are generally good. This is a pleasing visual experience that register fun. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1=channel soundtrack is dynamic sound with realistic atmospherics and effective sound effects that support the settings and character actions. The orchestral score is positioned wide across the soundstage with extension to the surrounds. Surround energy in general is at a low level with the exception to the music. Bass sounds natural. Dialogue is the focus and is intelligible throughout with generally good spatial integration.

The Immersive Sound element is comprised of an extension of the orchestral score, light atmospherics, the occasional sound effect and nuanced dialogue at times.

This is a fun holosonic® soundtrack. (Gary Reber)