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After nearly two weeks of "Blu-ray fasting," (due to a Missionary Trip out-of-country), I opted to rent M. Night Shyamalan's new thriller. The acting was superb (especially the male lead played by James McAvoy), with excellent pacing, character development, and on-the-edge-of-your-seat suspense.
The PQ was also topnotch, especially outdoor daytime scenes and interior scenes with good lighting. These scenes featured razor-sharp clarity that rivaled anything I've seen in 4K UHD (and this was a 1080p Blu-ray, mind you). Colors in those scenes were somewhat saturated and really popped. Details and depth were off-the-charts! Flesh tones were spot-on accurate. And last, but not least, black levels were exemplary.
Now for a few comments on the darker, interior scenes inside Kevin's lair. For the most part everything I noted above held up inside as well, but when there was poor lighting there was a loss of depth/details and fleeting instances of noise. Also, the black levels faltered at times (a case in point would be when one of the girls was trying to escape in a duct).
This is a hard call, for all the scenes with excellent lighting (see 2nd paragraph) were "Reference Quality." In fact, if the whole movie looked like those I would be nominating this for a place near the top of Tier 0. But most of the film took place inside Kevin's lair and at times the PQ dropped to low Tier 1 or even the top of Tier 2. In averaging things out I'm inclined to vote for...
Tier Recommendation: 1.0*
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