Resident, The

Featured In Issue 156, April 2011

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In The Resident, Dr. Juliet Dermer (Swank) has recently separated from her husband. Having found the ideal New York apartment, she is ready to start a new life and embrace her new freedom. The new accommodations come with spacious rooms, a spectacular view, and a helpful and handsome landlord (Morgan). Yet, each room houses a promise of terror as Juliet gets the unnerving feeling that she is not alone. She feels that she is being watched...that a stalker lurks behind those spectacular views. Juliet fears that pure evil is waiting at her own doorstep. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the theatrical trailer.

The 2.35:1 1080p AVC picture is stylistic, with a hauntingly dark texture that is depicted naturally in the color palette. Hues are warm and deeply saturated, with natural-appearing fleshtones. The apartment scenes are dark, but shadow delineation is revealing, The play on lighting used by Cinematographer Guillermo Navarro creates suspense and tension, as well as the use of varying camera angles. Black levels are deep and solid. Optimally, the picture should be viewed in a darkened room with controlled lighting, or preferably a black room with a display capable of excellent contrast. Resolution is revealing of detail, especially during close-ups of facial features, clothing, and object textures. Overall, this is dark visual experience that successfully creates suspense and tension. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is haunting sounding, with a uniquely creepy musical instrumentation that is spatially engaging, with wide and deep soundstage and aggressive surround presence. Atmospheric sound effects enhance the sonic dimensionality and tense suspense. Jarring sound effects are directionalized, which further enhances the creepiness. Dialogue sounds natural, but is not always integrated well spatially. Deep bass is effective, with .1 LFE energy spiked at dramatic moments. This is a soundtrack that delivers on tension. (Gary Reber)