Deepwater Horizon UltraHD Blu-ray Review

Summary: For the one hundred and twenty-six people aboard the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil rig, April 20, 2010 began like any normal day. Before day’s end, the world would bear witness to one of the greatest man-made disasters in US history. Deepwater Horizon reveals the brave acts of the men and women who rose to the challenge—and risked everything to lead others to safety.

UltraHD Specs
Studio: Lionsgate
Title: Deepwater Horizon
Audio: Dolby Atmos
Negative Formats: ARRIRAW (3.4K), ALEXA 65
Digital Intermediate: 2K
Peak Brightness: 1000 nits
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Length: 107 Minutes
Director: Peter Berg
Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich
Review Date: January 10, 2017
Price: $24.96

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Movie Review: The events of the Deepwater Horizon were ripe for a film, and this one delivers. Having seen it in theaters before, the home release is no less tense or involving the second time. Mark Wahlberg might not be my favorite actor, but when he teams up with director Peter Berg he manages to deliver. The movie is a tight 107 minutes that is action packed but smart as well.

Technical Review: The only bad thing I can say about the transfer is that they used a 2K digital intermediate instead of a 4K one. Most of the film was shot at 3.4K with an Arri Alexa XT, but some used the Alexa 65 that does over 6,000 pixels of resolution. When the rig goes up in flames, the bright burst of flames take full advantage of HDR. Colors have a bit of extra pop with the wider gamut, while shadow details inside the dark oil rig are fantastic. Sometimes you can see some digital film artifacts in very dark scenes, but those look to be from the cameras themselves.

The Atmos soundtrack is much more involving than I expected. From the opening scenes to the very end, it delivers. Opening scenes with a helicopter put the noises all around you, and when the oil rig breaks down that surrounds you as well. Dialog is crisp and clear, and I just can’t find a fault with the audio here. Absolutely top rate.

Special Features: There is a five-part hour long series “Beyond the Horizon”, three featurettes, and a Tribute video.

Review System: Vizio P65-C1 display, Oppo UDP-203 UltraHD Blu-ray Player, KEF Ci5160RL-THX Fronts, Ci3160RL-THX Center, 2x Ci200RR-THX Surrounds, 4x CI200RR-THX Atmos Speakers, Anthem MRX 1120 Receiver.

Review Summary
Title: Deepwater Horizon UltraHD Blu-ray
Reviewer:
Pros: Fantastic image and audio, very enjoyable film.
Cons: Only a 2K Digital Intermediate.
Summary: Deepwater Horizon is an enjoyable film that really moved from start to end. The soundtrack and picture quality on this UHD really deliver, with audio and video you can easily use to show off what your home theater can do.
Video: 4.5/5
Audio: 5/5
Movie: 4/5

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