Sep 292023

Promising Young Woman is a revenge drama-thriller starring the wonderful Carey Mulligan who gives a great performance, even if the movie didn’t always work for me.



Promising Young Woman

Genre(s): Drama, Suspense/Thriller
Universal Pictures | R – 114 min. – $27.98 | August 29, 2023

Date Published: 09/29/2023 | Author: The Movieman

Directed by: Emerald Fennell
Writer(s): Emerald Fennell (written by)
Cast: Carey Mulligan, Bo Burnham, Alison Brie, Clancy Brown, Jennifer Coolidge, Laverne Cox, Chris Lowell, Molly Shannon, Connie Britton, Adam Brody, Alfred Molina

Features: Commentary, Featurettes
Slip Cover: No
Digital Copy: Yes
Formats Included: 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray
Number of Discs: 2

Audio: English (DTS-HD MA 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Video: 2160p/Widescreen 2.39
Dynamic Range: HDR10
Subtitles: English SDH
Codecs: HEVC / H.265
Region(s): A, B, C

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


Everyone said Cassie (CAREY MULLIGAN) was a promising young woman… until a mysterious event abruptly derailed her future. But nothing in Cassie’s life is what it appears to be: she’s wickedly smart, tantalizingly cunning, and she’s living a secret double life by night. Now, an unexpected encounter is about to give Cassie a chance to right the wrongs of the past.



This release does not come with a slip cover but all features are on both the 4K UHD and Blu-ray discs. Included is Feature Commentary with Writer/Director Emerald Fennell and three featurettes: A Promising Vision, Two-Sided Transformation and Balancing Act.


VIDEO – 4½/5, AUDIO – 4¼/5

Promising Young Woman arrives on 4K Ultra HD for the first time (for whatever reason, it did not come out along with the Blu-ray) and while it does look pretty good, I can’t quite say it was amazing. Still, detail on the close-ups were sharp and nicely defined, and despite the dark nature of the story, there are some pops of color while skin tones appear well balanced.

So here’s where things get weird, although the back cover states it was a Dolby Atmos track, instead it’s the original DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track, but even stranger, this track was only available when pushing the “audio” button on the player remote (it’s not listed in the audio sub-menu, where it’s listed as Dolby Atmos). With that out of the way, dialogue comes across with good clarity and there is some decent enough depth especially for a strictly drama feature.

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