Sharp Objects (Blu-ray) (2018)

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Due Out for Sale 28-Nov-2018

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Drama/Thriller Featurette
Rating Rated MA
Year Of Production 2018
Running Time 421
RSDL / Flipper No/No
Dual Disc Set
Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Jean-Marc Vallee
Studio
Distributor

Roadshow Home Entertainment
Starring Amy Adams
Patricia Clarkson
Chris Messina
Eliza Scanlen
Case Standard Blu-ray
RPI ? Music None Given


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1
French dts 5.1
Spanish dts 2.0
Catalan dts 5.1
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 1080p
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles English for the Hearing Impaired
French
Catalan
Spanish
Danish
Finnish
Norwegian
Swedish
Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

Gillian Flynn is an American novelist whose works have been very successful both as books and as television and movie productions. Previous novels of hers, Gone Girl and Dark Places have been made into feature films, although the second one did not really trouble the box office scorers too much. Gone Girl on the other hand was very successful at the box office taking over $300m worldwide. The latest adaptation of one of her novels is this HBO limited series (mini-series to his mates), Sharp Objects. This was actually her first novel published in 2006. Her fourth book, The Grownup was released in 2015.

The story here revolves around the small town of Wind Gap, Missouri which is home to around 2000 people. The town's industry is dominated by hog farms. The current head of the family who have alwaysrun the local hog industryis Adora Crellin (Patricia Clarkson) who took over the family businessafter her father passed away. She is manipulative, difficult and controlling to both people in the town and to herown family. She is married to Alan Crellin (Henry Czerny) who does what he is told and believes everything Adora tells him. He is her second husband and is the father of her youngest daughter, Amma (Eliza Scanlen). Amma is 13 and a bit of a tearaway, roaming the town with her friends at night and getting involved in drugs and alcohol. Recently, two young girls have disappeared and then been found murdered.

The mystery draws two people to the town, a big city detective sent to investigate, Richard Willis (Chris Messina) - much to the annoyance of the local Sheriff, Bill Vickery (Matt Craven) - and Adora's prodigal daughter from her first marriage, Camille Preaker (Amy Adams). Camille has a very difficult relationship with her mother and has a long history of alcoholism and mental instability. After some time in a mental institution due to her self-mutilation, Camille is working in Kansas City as a journalist and her well-meaning boss, Frank Curry (Miguel Sandoval), pushes her to return to her home town and write some stories about the case. She reluctantly agrees which means she needs to interact with her mother, step-father and half-sister, none of whom she has seen recently. As she and the detective investigate they uncover the town's dark secrets and memories of Camille's childhood and the death of her own sister, Marian, years before are brought back to the foreground. There are many suspects including one of the girl's brothers, John Keene (Taylor John Smith), his controlling girlfriend, Ashley (Madison Davenport) and the other girl's father, Bob Nash (Will Chase), however much more is going on.

This is a high quality production as you would expect from HBO. It is well paced, atmospheric and beautifully shot. It was directed by Jean-Marc Vallee, director of Big Little Lies and Dallas Buyers Club. He won an Emmy for his work on Big Little Lies. This series won a Golden Globe at the recent ceremony for the wonderful work of Patricia Clarkson as the damaged, unhinged and controlling Adora. Amy Adams was also nominated. The three female leads are all excellent in their roles, these two plus Eliza Scanlen as Amma. The music used is evocative and significantly enhances the atmosphere of the show, which makes you feel the humidity of the location especially when combined with the lighting and the cinematography. The show is quite intense and not a feel-good story. The characters are all damaged in some way, some more than others.

There are 8 episodes spread over 2 discs with each episode running around 1 hour.

Highly recommended.

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Transfer Quality

Video

The video quality is very good for standard HD.

The feature is presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio whichisthe original aspect ratio, in 1080p. It is encoded using AVC.

This film looks good on Blu-ray with good colours, nice clarity, sharpness and detail and a generally blemish free presentation.

There aresubtitles available in English for the Hearing Impaired which are clear and easy to read. There are also subtitles in French, Spanish, Castellano, Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish.



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Audio

The audio quality is very good.

The discs contain an English soundtrack in DTS HD-MA 5.1, French & Castellano DTS 5.1 and Spanish DTS 2.0. The soundtrack is mostly front focused with some ambiance provided in the surrounds by music and the occasional street sound.

Dialogue was clear and easy to understand on most occasions.

Thesubwoofer added a surprising amount to proceedings with quite a lot of usage by the music and with tension sounds.

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Extras

One small extra only.

Menu

The menuincludesmusic.

Creating Wind Gap (5:10)

A featurette focused on the town in Georgia used for Wind Gap with interviews from the author, cast and crew. It covers locations, sets and the themes of the show at a fairly superficial level.

R4 vs R1

NOTE: To view non-R4 releases, your equipment needs to be multi-zone compatible and usually also NTSC compatible.

This show seems to be available globally in the same format.

Summary

A disturbing but high quality relationship drama/mystery thriller.

The video quality is very good.

The audio quality is very good.

The extra is short and superficial.

Ratings (out of 5)

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© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Friday, January 25, 2019
Review Equipment
DVDSony UBP-X700 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Player, using HDMI output
DisplayLG OLEDC8PTA 55. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 2160p.
Audio DecoderBuilt into amplifier. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationMarantz SR5012
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer

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