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OLD 4K UHD Review

M. Night Shyamalan unveils an intriguing mystery in a tropical resort. 3.5 Stars

M. Night Shyamalan(The Sixth Sense) adapts the graphic novel Sandcastle in his most recent film that takes place at an idyllic tropical resort with sinister undertones.

Old (2021)
Released: 23 Jul 2021
Rated: PG-13
Runtime: 108 min
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Genre: Drama, Horror, Mystery
Cast: Gael García Bernal, Vicky Krieps, Rufus Sewell
Writer(s): M. Night Shyamalan, Pierre-Oscar Lévy, Frederik Peeters
Plot: A vacationing family discovers that the secluded beach where they're relaxing for a few hours is somehow causing them to age rapidly, reducing their entire lives into a single day.
IMDB rating: 5.8
MetaScore: 55

Disc Information
Studio: Universal
Distributed By: N/A
Video Resolution: 2160p HEVC w/HDR
Aspect Ratio: 2.39.1
Audio: Dolby Atmos, English 2.0 DD, Spanish 7.1 DD+:Spanish 7.1 DD+, French 5.1 DD
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Rating: PG-13
Run Time: 1 Hr. 49 Min.
Package Includes: UHD, Blu-ray, Digital Copy
Case Type: Amaray
Disc Type: UHD
Region: All
Release Date: 10/19/2021
MSRP: $44.98

The Production: 3.5/5

Video: 5/5

3D Rating: NA

Old appears on 4K UHD in its original 2.39:1 screen aspect ratio.  The film takes place in a colorful setting that is appropriate to the myriad hues of HDR.  The background of the Dominican Republic provides a visually resplendent picture, and the special features reveal just how much of that setting was the product of visual effects, which are seamless in this video presentation.

Audio: 4/5

Old plays by default in Dolby Atmos English audio.  The Dolby Atmos track does not particularly call attention to itself, however, it delivers solid audio with the consistent crash of surf and discreet sound effects used to maximize dramatic tension.  The score by Trevor Gureckis is similarly effective in establishing the suspenseful mood, and is served well in Dolby Atmos audio.

Special Features: 3/5

The special features on UHD include all of the following:
Deleted Scenes(8:16):  These may be selected individually or with a “Play All” selection.
Cold Open(0:49)
Maddox Overlooked(0:45)
Guy and Prisca Have a Moment(0:19)
Spa Options(0:30)
Trent’s Trunks(1:09)
Mirror Mirror(0:40)
Despair(0:56)
Maybe They’re On Their Way(1:01)
Patricia’s Loss(1:33)
Birthday Party(0:43)
Shyamalan Family Business(8:04):  Featurette about director Shyamalan’s daughters Ishana and Saleka, and their contributions to production.
All The Beach Is A Stage(9:37):  Director Shyamalan discusses staging of action in the limited locale of the beach setting.
Nightmares In Paradise(7:27):  This featurette discusses production on location in the Dominican Republic.
A Family In The Moment(6:18):  Gael Garcia Bernal, Vicky Cripps, Thomasin McKenzie, and Alex Wolff reminisce about their final scene together as a family in production.
Also included is the feature on Blu-ray disc and a paper insert with validation code for digital copy via the MoviesAnywhere app.

Overall: 3.5/5

Old is an intriguing and serviceable suspense film in the mold of a solid Twilight Zone episode.  The video presentation is flawless, and the audio is similarly flawless, even if unexceptional.  The special features consist primarily of a collection of deleted scenes with a few brief production featurettes.  Fans of M. Night Shyamalan will find this worthwhile viewing, even Old may not demand multiple viewings.

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Josh Steinberg

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I loved the “why” of it - often I feel let down by the endings and explanations of this type of film but I was totally onboard here. The movie plays like an extended Twilight Zone and even if it’s not the director’s masterpiece, it’s a fun two hours.
 

Johnny Angell

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Does Shyamalan continue his insistence on appearing in his films in significant roles? Seems like this one would be thought to do with such a limited local.
 

Malcolm R

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Does Shyamalan continue his insistence on appearing in his films in significant roles? Seems like this one would be thought to do with such a limited local.
He's listed in the cast credits at IMDb, but based on the role it sounds like it's probably only a short cameo appearance.
 

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Does Shyamalan continue his insistence on appearing in his films in significant roles? Seems like this one would be thought to do with such a limited local.

He’s in the film briefly - I don’t think this will spoil anything but I’ll put it in tags just in case:

He is the resort’s shuttle driver who drops off the hotel guests at the beach.
 

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Why would such a picture accompany this review? As if the movie were filmed through linoleum.
 

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Whoever took the image must've had their camera age very quickly...
Mike, if we awarded no-prizes at the HTF for explanations to justify the fact that there is not an abundance of high resolution images available online for promotion of this film, your answer would win the prize. Congratulations! Please enjoy your no-prize with all of the honors and benefits conferred with it!

I might create a screen grab that has higher resolution to add to the banner. Or I might not, since replacing the image would diminish your explanation that the camera is aging as quickly as the people being photographed.
 
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