At Any Price

Featured In Issue 179, September 2013

WSR Score5
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Sony Pictures Classics
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Sexual content including a strong graphic image, and language
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Ramin Bahrani
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At Any Price chronicles Henry Whipple (Quaid), who has maintained his father's lucrative farming empire for years, with an insatiable desire for "more." Henry plans to bring his son Dean (Efron) into the business. Wanting to break free of his family, Dean rejects a life in agriculture for the thrill of car racing. As the family business comes under fire and a high-stakes investigation is launched into their business, father and son are pushed into an unexpected crisis that threatens their entire family's livelihood. This is a story of GMO seeds and the big business interests that have patented life. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Director Ramin Bahrani and Dennis Quaid, a Q&A interview with the cast and filmmakers from the Toronto International Film Festival (HD 13:36), rehearsal footage (HD 05:35), the theatrical trailer, upfront previews, and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.35:1 1080p AVC picture is naturally raw in appearance, which gives the imagery a "documentary" feel. Colors are natural and never exaggerated. The green stalks of corn are unbelievably natural. Fleshtones are naturally hued as well. Black levels are well balanced, with decent shadow delineation. Resolution is decent as well, with a mixture of fine detail and soft focus, but close-ups are nicely resolved. Overall, this is an effective visual experience that dramatizes the story's central issues. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is frontal focused, except for the race scenes, which provide surround envelopment. As well, the music score provides subtle surround envelopment. Atmospherics and sound effects are pretty limited, except for the race scenes, and are supported with appropriate bass in the .1 LFE channel. Dialogue is always intelligible and generally well integrated spatially. This is an effective soundtrack but reserved in terms of soundfield envelopment. (Gary Reber)