Dead Man Down

Featured In Issue 178, August 2013

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In Dead Man Down, Victor (Farrell), a professional killer and right hand man to an underground crime lord in New York City (Howard), is seduced and blackmailed by Beatrice (Rapace), a crime victim seeking retribution. Their chemistry and intense relationship leads them to execute a violent and cathartic plan for revenge. (Gary Reber)

Special features include three featurettes: Revenge And Redemption: Crafting Dead Man Down (HD 11:30), Revenge Technique: The Cinematography (HD 06:31), and Staging The Action: The Firefights (HD 05:44); upfront previews; and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.32:1 1080p AVC picture was digitally photographed, yet the imagery is cinematic throughout. The appearance is pristine, though, slight noise is apparent in the darkest scenes. Otherwise, contrast is well balanced with deep blacks and revealing shadow delineation. The color palette is naturally hued with warm, rich tones. Fleshtones are naturally rendered as well. Resolution is excellent, with fine detail delineated in facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture. This is a nicely crafted, dark visual experience that delivers on suspense throughout. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is suspenseful, with a hauntingly intense orchestral music score that provides enhanced surround envelopment. Atmospherics and sound effects sound natural throughout and are punctuated with .1 LFE bass to heighten the tension and violence. Dialogue is generally well integrated spatially, though, wanting in clarity at times. Surround immersion is limited but active during the more intense scenes. Overall, this is a decent sonic experience that delivers at the appropriate moments. (Gary Reber)