Warner Bros has released "The Accountant" on 4K UltraHD Blu-ray. Let's start by stating it's the kind of film that's so impressive as to make this reviewer want to search out any and all films available from Director Gavin O'Connor.
Sure, after 3 viewings in 3 weeks, some of its minor flaws started becoming more apparent, but there's not a doubt this reviewer will be going to this film again in the future to view again and will certainly turn others onto it. It's the kind of film one wants to take credit for helping others "discover!"
Ben Affleck stars as Christian Wolff. As the film opens, a very young Christian is diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome. After some saddening scenes involving marital strife, we jump to Christian as an adult. He's an(wait for it...) Accountant. But, he's not just an accountant. He's the target of an FBI investigation. No one knows his actual identity but an audiotape from a mob hide-out wherein mobsters are killed make solving the identity of this assassin a priority.
As the plot unfolds, Christian is hired by a corporation to review a substantial cash loss that appears to have been potentially stumbled upon by a mid-level employee. Christian's investigation uncovers more than anyone bargained for as he and the young female employee(Anna Kendrick) are targeted for murder. What could've easily become too convoluted(it veers close to this problem at times) manages to remain exciting and feel fresh due to O'Connor's direction and fine performances from every single performance. The use of flash-backs is occasionally too jarring, but it's a small price to pay for the rest of what happens to make "The Accountant" so entertaining.
WARNER BROS has provided the correct 2.40:1 aspect ratio for this 2K DI up-converted to 4K. This release includes both the standard blu-ray and a 4K disc. In comparison to the blu-ray the 4K offers distinctively better detail in scene-to-scene comparisons. While facial pores and the stitching of clothing is impressive in terms of detail on blu-ray, it's much more impressive with the higher resolution of the 4K HEVC H.265 encoding. The fine layer of grain is also more noticeable on 4K, giving the presentation a much more pleasing film-like presentation.
The intentional style of the film often exhibits restrained colors and a duller look than some will want, but it serves an aesthetic purpose and never feels "wrong." Contrast is outstanding, and while the image never really shines or achieves the vibrant look of many other 4K releases, it's faithful to the theatrical presentation.
WARNER BROS has provided 2 mixes, a DTS-HD MA 7.1 mix and a 5.1 mix. While much of the film is focused on the front-channels, there is no shortage of immersive effects during action and high-tension scenes.
Ambient effects are handled with the same level of care as the more explosive deep bass, explosive, machine-gun, car chase effects. Discrete and panning effects kick into high gear with stunning surprise when necessary, although one can't help but wonder what overhead channels from a missing Atmos mix may have done to improve the listening experience even further!
Dialogue, music and layers of effects are flawlessly balanced throughout.
3 short featurettes(all in 1080p) are included. Along with the 4K and blu-ray, a digital code for UHD presentation is offered. Unfortunately, the shoddy customer service from VUDU was an absolute nightmare to deal with in order to get the correct UHD presentation. WARNING: DO NOT EVER redeem codes to VUDU! Often, the code will only redeem only in HDX and because the code has been redeemed and the tier 2/3 departments of VUDU are useless and typically "A-holes" the code will be a total waste. Only redeem the code at Flixster and through the UV linking, it can then port over to VUDU(if desired) in correct UHD.