Featured In Issue 198, July/August 2015

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Blackhat follows convict Nicholas Hathaway (Hemsworth). In a not uncommon move, Federal law enforcement recruits a former blackhat hacker, currently in federal prison, to aid a war they will launch against a cyber criminal network, operating worldwide from an unknown base somewhere in Asia. it will take them from Los Angeles and Hong Kong to Perak, Malaysia, and Jakarta. As Hathaway closes in, and as unanticipated consequences have mede it all personal, he discovers the cyber sabotage of a Chinese nuclear power plant was just the beginning. (Gary Reber)

Special features include three featurettes: Creating Reality (HD 17:01), The Cyber Threat (HD 13:02), and On Location Around The World (HD 09:30); upfront previews; BD-Live functionality; and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.40:1 1080p AVC picture was digitally photographed with the Alexa camera system. The image quality is a bit inconsistent, depending on lighting and setting, but overall is sharp and detailed. The color palette is saturated with rich hues exhibited in various settings. Fleshtones are generally natural in hue. Resolution is revealing of good detail, especially in close-ups, but the imagery can look digital. Overall, this is a serviceable picture that at times looks terrific. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack quite varied in atmospherics and sound effects used to enhance the various environments, with at times deep .1 LFE energy. But strangely, the overall sonics are frontal soundstage focused, and the music score also is mostly presented in stereo, with virtually no subtle surround envelopment, with some exceptions during the more intense action sequences in which there is strong drum energy. The other element that is poorly executed is the dialogue, which is closely miked and ADR-produced with poor spatial integration. Overall, the soundtrack works as the proceedings intensify. (Gary Reber)