The Tax Collector appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this 4K UHD Disc. Overall, this was a positive image.
Only a smidgen of softness ever cropped up here, mainly in some low-light shots. Otherwise, the movie showed nice clarity and delineation.
Jagged edges and moiré effects failed to appear, and edge haloes remained absent. Print flaws also stayed away from this clean image.
In terms of palette, Collector went with mix of teal and amber. The hues were fine for their visual choices.
Blacks showed good depth, while low-light shots boasted nice clarity. This was a solid “B+“ presentation.
As for the film’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack, it gave us appealing sonics most of the time as well as a little pep on occasion. A drama like this didn’t need to boast a rock-em, sock-em mix, so the audio seemed acceptable.
Usually, the soundfield didn’t have a lot to do. This meant it concentrated on good stereo music and general ambience.
Every once in a while, though, the mix came to life – in a moderate manner, at least, usually related to gang violence. These moments didn’t dazzle, but they gave the mix reasonable breadth.
Audio quality was fine. Speech seemed natural and concise, without edginess or other concerns. Music appeared full, with reasonable definition.
Effects remained clear and accurate, with some pretty solid low-end response during louder moments. This became a fairly satisfying track.
How did the 4K UHD compare to the Blu-ray version? Audio remained identical, as both sported the same DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack.
Visuals seemed fairly comparable as well, mainly because the 4K lacked HDR. With an SDR presentation, the 4K failed to take advantage of the format’s strengths as well as I’d like.
This meant colors, contrast and blacks looked comparable for both. I thought the 4K offered slightly stronger definition, but even that didn’t become a prominent upgrade. Of the two, the 4K worked a little better, but it showed less growth than expected for the format.
Three Deleted Scenes appear: “Extended Opening” (6:02), “Tax Collection Threat” (4:49) and “Chat With Sensei” (1:31). All three add a little to existing sequences, but none of them add anything memorable or significant.
The disc opens with ads for Mandy and Into the Ashes. No trailer for Collector appears here.
A second disc provides a Blu-ray copy of Collector. It includes the same extras as the 4K UHD.
In the crowded gangster genre, The Tax Collector fails to form its own niche. While a perfectly watchable tale, the movie never rises to a level that makes it truly compelling. The 4K UHD brings positive picture and audio with a few deleted scenes. This ends up as a mediocre movie.
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