Pan 3D

Featured In Issue 203, January 2016

3D Picture5+
WSR Score5
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Fantasy action violence, language, and some thematic material.
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Joe Wright
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Dolby Atmos, Dolby TrueHD 7.1
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Pan is a live-action feature presenting a wholly original adventure about the beginnings of the beloved characters created by J.M. Barrie. Peter (Miller) is a mischievous 12-year-old boy with an irrepressible rebellious streak, but in the bleak London orphanage where he has lived his whole life, those qualities do not exactly fly. Then one incredible night, Peter is whisked away from the orphanage and spirited off to a fantastical world of pirates, warriors, and fairies called Neverland. There, he finds amazing adventures and fights life-or-death battles while trying to uncover the secret of his mother, who left him at the orphanage so long ago, and his rightful place in this magical land. Teamed with the warrior Tiger Lily (Mara) and a new friend named James Hook (Hedlund), Peter must defeat the ruthless pirate Blackbeard (Jackman) to save Neverland and discover his true destiny—to become the hero who will forever be known as Peter Pan. (Gary Reber)

Special features include Director Joe Wright commentary; four featurettes: Never Grow Up: The Legend Of Pan (HD 10:50), The Boy Who Would Be Pan (HD 06:07), The Scoundrels Of Neverland (HD 05:49), and Wondrous Realms (HD 05:01); upfront previews, and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.40:1 1080p MVC 3D picture is a conversion by Gener8 Digital Media Services. The picture is spectacular, and the 3D presentation is one of the best ever, exhibiting perfectly natural but exciting dimensional imagery. Depth is outstanding and always natural, as well as perspective. And object and human forms are realistically scaled with excellent volume. There is at times out-of screen effects that enhance the fantasy action and deliver effective thrills. But the visuals are absolutely fantastic, with fascinating characters . The color palette is stylized with scenes in London and the orphanage that are desaturated and others, such as in Neverland that are well balanced with rich and warm hues. The colors are incredibly varied and nicely contrast with the lush green and earthy tones that are descriptive of Neverland. Fleshtones are naturally hued and also vary as a result of the stylization and lighting effects. Contrast is excellent, with amazing shadow delineation throughout the darkened scenes, which predominate. Resolution is excellent, with fine detail exhibited in the intricate production sets and visual special effects, which are amazing, especially in 3D. This is a reference-quality 3D presentation throughout. While the 2D version is reference quality as well, it falls flat in comparison to the three-dimensional visual experience. This is a must view! (Gary Reber)

The Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1-channel soundtrack is fantastic and amazingly dimensionally supportive of the 3D picture. The sound is excitingly dynamic, with an immense soundfield that is aggressively directionalized. The Immersive Sound qualities are truly impressive and along with the 7.1-channel holosonic® dimension, add an exciting spherical surround dimension. Atmospherics are absolutely incredible with respect to sonic character and complication, and sound effects are abundant throughout and precisely integrated and directionalized and panned throughout the soundfield with an aggressive surround presence. Deep bass is solid and at times extends to sub-25 Hz frequencies, adding impact to the proceedings. Perhaps the strongest sound element is John Powell’s orchestral and choral score, which is pretty constant throughout. The music sweeps across the soundstage and fully extends to the four surround channels, providing an impressive immersive experience. Fidelity, resolution, and dynamics are superb. This is a wonderful, reference-quality holosonic, spherical surround soundtrack that is beautifully executed and perfectly supportive of the three-dimension imagery. (Gary Reber)