Columbus Circle

Featured In Issue 165, March 2012

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George Gallo
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When a murder mystery next door forces agoraphobic heiress Abigail Clayton (Blair) to face her terrifying new neighbors, the safe and solitary world she created for herself violently unravels. In order to escape the hounding public and press, Abigail, the famous daughter of a wealthy industrialist, secluded herself in her Manhattan loft on the day she received her enormous inheritance—her eighteenth birthday. Sequestered at the top of the Columbus Circle luxury apartment high-rise, Abigail remained seemingly secure for nearly 20 years, until the day her elderly neighbor was suddenly slain. Abigail's world is now disrupted by strange new neighbors and a police investigation that brings the inquisitive and intrusive NYPD Homicide Detective Frank Giardello (Ribisi) to her door. Peering anxiously through her peephole each day, Abigail soon learns that the dangerous new tenants, Lillian Hart (Smart) and Charles Stratford (Lee), may threaten more than just her privacy. (Gary Reber)

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The 1080p VC-1 picture is naturally presented with a rich and warm color palette that exhibits solid saturation. Hues are often vibrant, yet natural appearing. Fleshtones are naturally toned and appear accurately cast. Contrast is well balanced with deep, solid blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Resolution is excellent, with revealing fine detail exhibited in close-ups of facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture. A slight grain structure permeates the picture, for a filmic experience, which is intensified during violent segments. This is an effectively stylized picture that is a pleasing viewing experience. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack features an active orchestral music score that is nicely presented across the soundstage, extending to the surrounds, for an enveloping presence. Dialogue sounds spatially integrated and well balanced. Atmospherics and sound effects are nicely supportive during exterior segments. Deep bass is effectively presented in the music and to punctuate the more intense segments. At times sound effects are aggressively directionalized for effect. This is an effective suspense-ridden soundtrack that is nicely supportive of the storytelling. (Gary Reber)