"The Girl on the Train" is now available from Universal on 4K UltraHD Blu-ray. Attempting to win the same audience as "GONE GIRL," it doesn't ever achieve the masterful if flawed cinematic satisfaction of David Fincher's thriller.
Emily Blunt stars as Rachel Watson, an alcoholic divorcee taking the train to work each day. It's obvious she's haunted by demons as she is seemingly transfixed on the house where her ex-husband now lives with his new wife as the train journeys by it every day. However, when she turns her attention to a neighboring house, she imagines a more ideal couple, until she observes something to startle her into finding it's something much worse. Upon waking up, covered in bruises, amnesia and an awful hangover, she learns the woman of her mythologized couple may have been murdered and police are looking to her.
The premise is inviting and could make for a potentially great film. Unfortunately, there's a huge difference between Director David Fincher and Director Tate Taylor. Fincher is a perfectionist and understands what is needed in crafting a fine script and film. Tate Taylor is just an awful Director.
The narrative structure to the film is unnecessarily disjointed and the film becomes dull fast just when it should become more engaging. The acting is fine, but it's continuously disrupted by silly dialogue and uneven pacing. There are those that will still enjoy this film(as my companion did), however it's not going to please as many fans of the novel as the "GONE GIRL" film adaptation managed to win over.
UNIVERSAL has provided the correct 1.85:1 aspect ratio for this 2K DI up-converted to 4K. While the blu-ray(included within the 4K release) is excellent looking, the 4K offers a noticeably darker image, with outstanding detail. Blacks appear to be much inkier in comparison to the blu-ray. As exceptional as the contrast is on 4K, it's the HDR that makes the most difference in this high-quality presentation. While colors are discernibly less rich on the 4K compared to the standard blu-ray, they succeed in appearing more natural in scene-after-scene. Detail is slightly more impressive on the standard blu-ray(puzzling) but the 4K is ultimately a more pleasing presentation.r
The DTS:X mix offers the potential advantage of overhead effects, but these are barely noticeable. Switching between the DTS: X mix and the DTS-HD MA 7.1 mix, we recommend the DTS-HD MA 7.1 mix as being slightly better in terms of creativity. The music is very effective and given a prominent and welcome presentation, immersing the viewer with all channels with great impact during some crucial moments. Dialogue, effects and music are perfectly balanced throughout.
UNIVERSAL has included some worthwhile extras:
Along with the 4K disc, standard blu-ray and Digital code for a UHD Vudu presentation, deleted scenes(just short of 18 minutes)offer a mixed bag, but a few instances wherein one wishes they hadn't been left on the cutting room floor.
Additionally, 2 other featurettes may please fans and the audio commentary with Director Taylor reveal him to be likeable enough, but never forth-coming regarding the film's short-comings.