A woman is forced to go on the run when her superhuman abilities are discovered. Years after having abandoned her family, the only place she has left to hide is home. Check out Ralph Potts’ Blu-ray review of Fast Color from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.


The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )

Audio/Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )



Studio and Year: Lionsgate - 2019
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 100 minutes
Genre: Sci-Fi

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC
Video Aspect: 1.85:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Gugu Mbatha Raw, Lorraine Toussaint, Saniyya Sidney, Christopher Denham, David Strathairn
Directed by: Julia Hart
Music by: Rob Simonsen
Written by:Julia Hart, Jordan Horowitz
Region Code: A

Release Date: July 16, 2019

"Set Your Powers Free"


“A woman is forced to go on the run when her superhuman abilities are discovered. Years after having abandoned her family, the only place she has left to hide is home.” – Lionsgate Home Entertainment

My Take:

Hunted by mysterious forces, a young woman who has supernatural abilities must go on the run when her powers are discovered. With nowhere else to go, she flees back to her family and the farmhouse she abandoned long ago. There, while being pursued by the local sheriff, she begins to mend the broken relationships with her mother and daughter and learns that the power she needed was inside her all along.

Fast Color is a wonderfully fresh take on the well-worn sci-fi/metahuman genre. Focusing on Ruth, played by the reliable and beautiful Gugu Mbatha Raw, the post-apocalyptic story, set in an undisclosed future, is as much drama as sci-fi, drawing upon tonal shifts that are smartly interwoven. The characters are gradually stirred in, which works quite well within the narrative’s construct. The elements of sci-fi/action are effectively scattered, complimenting the genre, while the engaging plot carefully unfolds, going from a simmer, to a boil. The ending is quite interesting and makes for a befitting finish, given the plot’s elements. All in all Fast Color is a well-spun tale that genre fans are sure to appreciate.

Replay Value:
Parental Guide: 

The Rating is for a scene of violence and brief strong language.

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.**

Audio: 88
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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  • DSU/DTS Neural:X Rating * (non-rated element): NA


Video: 92
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Fast Color comes to Blu-ray Disc from Lionsgate Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound.

The high definition video quality was on par with other new release films of its type, and looked great. Colors were natural looking with a pleasing quality that capably handled the palette required by the film’s subject matter and settings. Flesh tones varied a bit with some appearing well delineated, and lifelike while others had a slightly pale appearance. Contrast was spot on which augmented the beautifully captured natural lighting of the exterior locations featured in the film. Images were detailed and crisp, with definable lines and appreciable dimension. While I noticed occasions where the image appeared soft, most notably in the first act, this appeared innate to the photography and never called fidelity into question. Blacks were strong with discernable gradational quality while detail in dark areas and low-lit sequences was estimable which enhanced depth. The video was rendered well, and didn’t show any signs of compression related anomalies or video artifacts.

This is primarily a dialog driven film however there are elements in the film that require use of the entire system so its ability to clearly render them is essential. Dialog is reproduced with transparent realism and lucid texture as it is appropriately balanced within the front soundstage. The surround mix utilizes the entire platform to recreate the many acoustic sounds associated with the environments portrayed onscreen. The rear channels contain a mixture of spatial ambience/musical extension as well as directional panning cues that effectively support the front soundstage. This is a complimentary audio presentation that mates well with the source material.

Bonus Features:
  • Audio Commentary with Writer-Director Julia Hart and Writer-Producer Jordan Horowitz
  • A Mother’s Power: Making Fast Color - Featurette
  • Digital Copy


Final Thoughts:

Fast Color is a refreshing take on the genre, making for a compelling and, engaging film that I enjoyed. It comes to Blu-ray from Lionsgate Home Entertainment featuring faithful high definition video, excellent lossless surround sound, and a light supplemental package. Fast Color isn’t redefining but, it’s a rewarding film that strikes many of the right chords. Drop it in your Blu-ray rental queue and take it for a spin!


Ralph Potts
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