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The Photograph, a drama from the director of The Weekend, features two charming leads in LaKeith Stanfield and Issa Rae, albeit the story itself is on the slow side. The Blu-ray/DVD is available on May 12th.



The Photograph

Genre(s): Drama, Romance
Universal Pictures | PG13 – 106 min. – $34.98 | May 12, 2020

Date Published: 05/11/2020 | Author: The Movieman

Directed by: Stella Meghie
Writer(s): Stella Meghie (written by)
Cast: Issa Rae, LaKeith Stanfield, Lil Rel Howery, Rob Morgan, Courtney B. Vance

Features: Featurettes
Slip Cover: Yes
Digital Copy: Yes
Formats Included: Blu-ray, DVD
Number of Discs: 2

Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 7.1), French (DTS 5.1), Spanish (DTS 5.1)
Video: 1080p/Widescreen 2.39
Subtitles: English SDH
Disc Size: 35.11 GB
Total Bitrate: 39.38 Mbps
Codecs: MPEG-4 AVC
Region(s): A, B, C

Universal Studios Home Entertainment provided me with a free copy of the Blu-ray I reviewed in this Blog Post.
The opinions I share are my own.


When famed photographer Christina Eames dies unexpectedly, she leaves her estranged daughter, Mae (ISSA RAE), hurt, angry and full of questions. When Mae finds a photograph tucked away in a safe-deposit box, she soon finds herself delving into her mother’s early life — an investigation that leads to an unexpected romance with a rising journalist (LAKEITH STANFIELD).



This release comes with a slip cover. Not a whole lot included here except a few featurettes: Shooting The Photograph (5:37), Culture in Film (3:48) and The Film Through Photographs (2:24). Also inside is the redemption code for the Digital HD copy.


VIDEO – 4.25/5

The Photograph is presented with a 1080p high-definition transfer and shown in its original 2.39 widescreen aspect ratio. For the most part, this is a nice looking picture, detail is relatively sharp and although it is a serious romance-drama, there are some coloring that pops through while the dark levels are stark. There were no signs of aliasing or artifacting making for a clean picture.

AUDIO – 4.5/5

Oddly enough, this comes with a DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track which is a bit stronger than necessary and most of the film is dialogue-heavy. The most I can say about the depth is that the score from Robert Glasper makes the most out of it.


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