In The Blood

Featured In Issue 191, November 2014

WSR Score3.5
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"In The Blood" stars Gina Carano as Ava, a trained fighter with a dark past. When her new husband (Gigandet) vanishes during their Caribbean honeymoon, Ava uncovers a violent underworld of conspiracy in the middle of an island paradise. Armed with a deadly set of skills, Ava sets out to discover the truth—and to take down the men she thinks are responsible for his abduction, one by one. (Gary Reber)

Special features include a behind-the-scenes featurette (HD 19:20), upfront previews, and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 1080p AVC picture was photographed with the Red Epic digital camera system. The imagery is a bit dense and oversaturated, with an exaggerated color palette, which heightens the scenic backdrop of the Caribbean. Hues are vibrant and pop, but unnatural. Fleshtones are skewed in red hues. Jungle greens and red blood are hotly hued. Blacks are deep, but at times undefined, and shadow delineation is decent. Resolution is good, with revealing fine detail exhibited in facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture. Overall, this is a highly stylized, colorful presentation. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby® TrueHD 5.1-channel soundtrack has an almost constant immersive music score, with a low-bass foundation. The disco club segment delivers high energy. Atmospherics and sound effects enhance the Caribbean locales. Gunfire sounds natural, not exaggerated. These elements provide an aggressive directionalized soundfield presence. Dialogue manages to stay above the mayhem but only barely. Intelligibility is often wanting. Overall, this is a mediocre sonic experience. (Gary Reber)