Featured In Issue 199, September 2015

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Aloha revolves around a once-admired pilot, Brian Gilcrist (Cooper), who returns to Hawaii for a military contract job and is assigned to work with a young U.S. Air Force pilot (Stone). Enter Tracy Woodside (McAdams), an old flame, who reconnects with Gilcrist, creating a love triangle that forces Gilcrist to examine what truly makes him happy. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary by Writer/Director Cameron Crowe; The Untitled Hawaii Project documentary (HD 73:51); the original opening (HD 19:08); an alternate ending (HD 04:20); two deleted scenes (HD 11:22); four featurettes: The Awe Of Space (HD 02:53), Mitchell's Film (HD 02:00), Ledward Kaapana: Music Is Everything (HD 14:40) and Uncle Bumpy (HD 05:53); a cast gag reel (HD 06:26); a photo gallery; upfront previews; and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 1.85:1 1080p AVC picture is just another mediocre production, with a color pallette that is generally natural in appearance, with strong saturated hues and contrast that is well balanced. Black levels are decent, as well as shadow delineation. There is a lot of stock footage that is especially mediocre. Fleshtones are naturally hued throughout. Resolution is finely rendered, with good detail exhibited throughout. Generally, though, the picture is pleasing and colorful but lacks dramatic imagery. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is conventionally produced, with a focus on dialogue. Atmospherics and sound effects are pretty much limited to the front channels, with subtle extension to the surrounds on occasion. The music score is Hawaiian styled and nicely recorded. Deep bass is limited as well. Dialogue is intelligible throughout and decently integrated spatially. Overall, though, the focus in overly monaural and frontal focused without the necessary surround energy to distinguish the soundtrack. (Gary Reber)