Ralph Potts reviews this speculative, dark, and unsettling thriller that comes from the mind of writer/director Jordan Peele.
The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )
Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Studio and Year: Universal – 2017
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 104 minutes
Disc Format: BD-50
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Starring: Daniel Kaluuya, Allison Williams, Bradley Whitford, Caleb Landry Jones, Stephen Root, Catherine Keener
Written & Directed by: Jordan Peele
Music by: Michael Abels
Region Code: A,B,C
Release Date: May 23, 2017
When Chris (Daniel Kaluuya), a young African-American man, visits his white girlfriend’s (Allison Williams) family estate, he becomes ensnared in the more sinister, real reason for the invitation. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined.
Despite all the buzz around Get Out while it was in theaters, I didn’t make the trip out to see it, although my son (saw it twice), and daughter did. I looked forward to sitting down with it in my familiar surroundings where I could take it in without the distractions that can sometimes go along with a public viewing. Written and directed by Jordan Peele (of Key and Peele fame), Get Out wasn’t exactly what I was expecting, but that didn’t keep me from enjoying it.
This film is a multi-genre blend, combining elements of horror, suspense, light comedy, and mystery, in a narrative designed to be thought provoking as it teems with social commentary that is in your face, but plays perfectly to its conceptual and thematic underpinnings. Get Out isn’t horror in the traditional sense, but does contain a number of chilling moments and pulse raising suspense. I rather enjoyed it for its mystery, differing take on the genre, and infusion of themes. The cast is solid, featuring great performances from Daniel Kaluuya, Alison Williams, and Betty Gabriel.
Get Out is simple, yet effectively smart, in its narrative approach, leading to a stimulating and ultimately entertaining film that works on a number of levels, containing a little something extra for viewers that don’t mind taking the road less traveled.
The rating is for violence, bloody images, and language including sexual references.
AUDIO/VIDEO – By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65
**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
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Get Out comes to Blu-ray Disc from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 25 Mbps and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 2.9 Mbps.
This film’s visual style doesn’t lend itself to eye catching color or infinite levels of dimension but this is a creative decision that doesn’t reflect negatively on its presentation. Resolution is excellent with clearly rendered images that exhibit refined levels of detail during close ups and discernible depth of field in wide angle shots. The filtered chromatic range is purposefully limited to muted primary colors and softer secondary hues. That coupled with the drab lighting schemes and dark cinematography makes for a visually pallid but thematically affecting look. Skin tones among the cast vary and range from Rosy to pale while appearing textural and predominantly lifelike. Blacks are deep, and dynamic, and shadow detail is excellent. I didn’t see any signs of video related artifacts in this whistle clean high definition presentation that looks terrific.
The lossless DTS-HD MA soundtrack offers detail rich clarity while making use of the entire surround platform to support the film’s thematic elements. Dialog is firmly planted in the center channel and clearly renders voices and effects with appropriate distinction and balance within the front soundstage. The detection of subtle background sounds, off camera cues and spatial dimension within the room’s acoustic environment is notable. Dynamic range is robust which enriches the authority of low frequency effects contained in the mix. There isn’t perpetual use of the rear channels and subwoofer however when applied the effects are involving enough to elevate suspense. I had hoped for a more aggressive surround sound mix but it would be unfair to say that I was disappointed.
- Alternate Ending w/audio commentary by writer/director Jordan Peele
- Deleted Scenes w/audio commentary by writer/director Jordan Peele
- Unveiling the Horror of Get Out – Making of Featurette
- Q&A with Jordan Peele and members of the cast
- Feature Commentary with writer/director Jordan Peele
- Bonus DVD
- Digital HD Copy
From the mind writer/director Jordan Peele Get Out is an eclectic and smart film that takes viewers on a thought-provoking thrill ride. It comes to Blu-ray from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment featuring excellent high definition audio/video mated with a fair supplemental package that includes insights from the cast/crew. Get Out is highly recommended viewing, especially if you enjoy something that bends the mind.
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