Too Big To Fail

Featured In Issue 168, July/August 2012

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HBO Films® critically acclaimed and Emmy® nominated docudrama Too Big To Fail is a searing and explosive account of the events that led to the 2008 financial crisis and how the U.S. economy was brought back from the brink of collapse. Based on the book by Andrew Ross Sorkin, the film offers an intimate look at the powerful men and women who decided the fate of the world's economy in a matter of a few weeks. Centering on Treasure Secretary Henry Paulson, the film goes behind closed doors to examine the symbiotic relationship between Wall Street and Washington. (Gary Reber)

Special features include a making-of featurette (HD 01:47), the featurette Opening The Vault On The Financial Crisis (HD 19:07), a Timeline Of The Crisis, up-front previews, and a digital copy.

The 1080p picture was photographed with traditional film camera and looks terrific. The imagery exhibits a warm, richly hued look with excellent contrast, resulting in deep, solid blacks and darkly rendered shadows. Fleshtones are naturally hued throughout. Resolution is revealing of fine detail, especially during close-ups of facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture. Archival footage is what it is. This is a really fine docudrama presentation that enhances the dark nature of the storytelling. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is nicely produced with a complex dialogue track that delivers the telling of the story with intelligibility and generally good spatial integration. Atmospherics effectively define various locational environments, mainly interior boardrooms and office spaces and the occasional street scene. The orchestral music score segments the scenes and is well recorded with a wide and deep soundstage presence that extends to the surrounds. Natural low-frequency support is provided by the .1 LFE channel. This is an effective soundtrack that perfectly supports the storytelling complexities. (Gary Reber)