Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

Featured In Issue 208, July/August 2016

WSR Score3.5
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Paramount Home Entertainment
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Pervasive language, some sexual content, drug use and violent war images.
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Glenn Ficarra & John Requa
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Based on the book The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days In Afghanistan And Pakistan by Kim Barker, Whiskey Tango Foxtrot is a satirical take on combat journalists and an illuminating story of self-discovery. The story follows Kim (Fey), as she decides to shake things up by taking a dangerous assignment in Afghanistan. There, in the midst of chaos, Kim discovers her true strength as she risks it all to find the next big story. (Gary Reber)

Special features include five featurettes: All In (HD 14:12), War Reporter: The Real Kim (HD 05:15), Embedded In Reality (HD 06:23), Wedding Party (HD 05:31), and Laughing Matters (HD 04:24); four deleted scenes (HD 05:14); an extended scene (HD 04:59); and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 1.78:1 1080p AVC digitally photographed picture generally exhibits natural imagery but interior scenes, even in daylight hours, appear a bit murky and veiled, with characters at times cast in shadows. Fleshtones are naturally rendered, at least during daylight scenes. Contrast is uneven, with at times, blacks that are crushed and shadows that lack definition. But outdoor scenes are generally well balanced. Resolution is excellent when out of the shadows but veiled otherwise. Overall, picture quality is mediocre and not distinguished. (Gary Reber)

The DTS:X/DTS-HD Master Audio™ 7.1-channel soundtrack is quite lively and often loud, with energy that excites all of the channels, including aggressive surround immersion with added height dimension. Atmospherics provide realistic support in defining the sonics of the various environments and scenes. Sound effects, such as gunfire, explosions, and helicopters provide intense impact sonics, with height enhancement. In one segment, a detonated bomb delvers strong .1 LFE impact with frequencies extending to sub-25 Hz. Both atmospherics and sound effects at times extend aggressively to the surrounds. Dialogue is, at times, a bit difficult to discern and, as well, is wanting in spatial integration. The music is a mixture of backgrounds and prominent pop selections, which are enhanced with height envelopment. Fidelity is excellent. Overall, the sonics are nicely supportive and often immersively holosonic®. (Gary Reber)