Under The Skin

Featured In Issue 188, July/August 2014

WSR Score3.5
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Under The Skin is the story of a voluptuous woman of unknown origin (Johansson), who combs the highways in search of isolated or forsaken men, luring a succession of lost souls into an otherworldly lair. They are seduced, stripped of their humanity, and never heard from again. Based on the novel by Michel Faber, human experience is examined from the perspective of an unforgettable heroine who grows too comfortable in her borrowed skin, until she is abducted into humanity with devastating results. (Gary Reber)

Special features include 10 featurettes covering camera, casting, editing, locations, music, poster design, production design, script, sound, and VFX (HD 42:23); upfront previews; and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 1.85:1 1080p AVC picture was photographed digitally with the Arri Alexa camera system. The picture is a mixture of intense stylization and normal, natural imagery focused on humans, with accurate forest and Scottish landscapes. The color palette exhibits natural fleshtones and well-balanced and saturated hues with deep, solid blacks and revealing shadow delineation. The mysterious black liquid room is really black, with a layer of liquid sheen. Resolution is excellent, with fine detail exhibited throughout. This is a visually engaging picture with contrast that emphasizes the low end of the light spectrum. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is generally quiet, with exceptional low-level, nuanced sonics, which are contrasted with a haunting orchestral music score and occasional strong dynamic energy that extends to the surrounds, for an enveloping experience. Otherwise, the focus is dialogue. Fidelity is good, with finely nuanced sonics that require an extremely quiet theatre environment and system to appreciate. (Gary Reber)