Gunman, The

Featured In Issue 198, July/August 2015

WSR Score4.5
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The Gunman takes place eight years after Jim Terrier (Penn) worked as a black-ops assassin, and now someone from his old organization wants him dead. Pursued across Africa and Europe b a team of elite hit men, Terrier is dragged back into the dangerous past as he engages in a relentless cat-and-mouse game to take out the man who betrayed him. Based on the novel The Prone Gunman by Jean-Patrick Manchette. (Gary Reber)

Special features include upfront previews, BD-Live functionality, and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.40:1 1080p AVC digital picture exhibits a gritty, earthy appearance with occasional bright visual moments, such as the country villa scene outside of Barcelona. The color palette is naturally hued with rich and warm vibrancy. Fleshtones are naturally rendered throughout. Contrast is well balanced with deep, solid blacks and revealing shadow delineation. The cinematography is excellent as well as the overall production design. This is a beautifully executed visual experience that is reference quality. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby Atmos/Dolby True HD 7.1-channel soundtrack is spatially dimensional throughout, with an occasional airplane flyover for height effect. Otherwise, the sonics are positioned in the horizontal plane throughout the 7.1 channels. Atmospherics and sound effects heighten the realism with effective directionality and at times, during gunfire are intensely energized, especially in the .1 LFE channel. Gunfire blasts and explosions feel absolutely penetrating. The surroundfield is aggressively energized during the numerous, intense shooting scenes. The orchestral music score is sweeping, with a wide and deep soundstage presence that extends aggressively to the surround. Dialogue is consistently intelligible and generally integrated spatially. This is a holosonic® immersive soundtrack that produces reference-quality sound. (Gary Reber)