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Song To Song (2017/Broadgreen 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)

Picture: A/B+ Sound: B+ Extras: C Film: B+

Similar in tone to last year's Knight of Cups and filmed back to back, acclaimed Director Terence Malick returns with another thought-provoking and gorgeously photographed film, Song To Song (2017). Not short on star power, the film features Ryan Gosling, Michael Fassbender, Rooney Mara, Cate Blanchett, Val Kilmer, and Natalie Portman and takes place in Austin, Texas (as opposed to the L.A. setting Malick used in Cups). This story of love and betrayal also deals with the dark and light sides of the music industry that many artists will be able to relate to.

Those expecting a musical or a film reliant on its music to tell a story won't get quite what they bargained for here, where as the main focus here being more on the characters and their challenged love lives behind the curtain. Songwriters Fay (Mara) and BV (Gosling) attract crowds but have a love that flounders... at one point hot and heavy and in others a bit distant. While on the opposite end of the token, you have a rich music mogul (Fassbender) who has a gorgeous waitress (Portman) on his arm, but even her beauty doesn't hold his attention for long. How these couples intertwine is a complex, yet realistic, look at the struggles of a career in a competitive industry and how life is behind the vail of fame.

Presented on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with a stunning 2160p transfer with HDR (high dynamic range 10-bit color) and a widescreen aspect ratio of 2.39:1, the film looks incredible on the format and close to watch Malick intended when he and Oscar winning cinematographer Emmanuel Lubezki (The Revenant) shot the film. Also included is a lesser 1080p Blu-ray disc with the same widescreen ratio and a fine transfer for the format but lacking the detail of 4K.

Both discs feature the same audio tracks in an English DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) lossless 5.1 track that bring the film to life adequately and has a very realistic feel. There aren't any explosions or grand levels of sound design in the film, so this mix suits the film just fine. The songs used are very interesting and are highlighted in the supplemental content.

Also included is a digital UV copy of the film.

Special Feature: The Music Behind the Movie

- James Lockhart



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