Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice 3D

Featured In Issue 208, July/August 2016

3D Picture4.5
WSR Score4.5
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Zack Snyder
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In Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice, featuring the actions of a god-like Super Hero left unchecked, Gotham City’s own formidable, forceful vigilante takes on Metropolis’ most revered, modern-day savior, while the world wrestles with what sort of hero it really needs. And with Batman (Affleck) and Superman (Cavill) at war with one another, a new threat quickly arises, putting mankind in greater danger than it’s ever known before. Also available in a 4K Ultra HD version. (Gary Reber)

Special features include 11 featurettes: Uniting The World’s Finest (HD 15:05); Gods And Men: A Meeting Of Giants (HD 12:28); The Warrior, The Myth, The Wonder (HD 21:16); Accelerating Design: The New Batmobile (HD 22:46); Superman: Complexity & Truth (HD 07:08); Batman: Austerity & Rage (HD 08:15); Wonder Woman: Grace & Power (HD 06:48); Batcave: Legacy Of The Lair (HD 07:12); The Mighty And The Power Of A Punch (HD 05:15); The Empire Of Luthor (HD 12:33); and Save The Bats (HD 04:37); upfront previews; and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.40:1 1080p MVC 3D picture was photographed on Kodak film stock and digital capture with stereo conversion by GE ER8. The imagery is stylized throughout and exhibits a darkly saturated “rough” appearance. As such, contrast appears to be purposely restricted, and blacks are deep and solid and shadow delineation is generally well defined. The color palette is generally natural, except for the darkish systemization. Colors never really pop, as hues are generally subdued. Fleshtones are decently natural but again impacted by the stylization, often with a yellowish hue. Resolution is excellent, with fine deal exhibited in facial features, hair, clothing, and costumes and object texture. The 3D presentation is excellent, with realistic depth and perspective. Dimensional proportions are realistic, and human volume is natural. Overall, out-of-screen visuals are rare, as the focus is on spatial depth. While darkly stylized, the 3D rendering enhances the mysterious proceedings and the sense of excitement. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby TrueHD 7.1-channel soundtrack is dynamic sounding throughout, with heavy sonic presence. Atmospherics and sound effects are effectively produced, which nicely enhances spatial dimensionality. Sound effects are powerful with all sorts of explosive blasts, gunfire, machine guns, canons, building destructions, debris, vehicle crashes, rockets, etc., all enhanced with powerful .1 LFE energy that often extends to sub-25 Hz frequencies. At times all eight channels are excitingly engaged. Throughout, the Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL orchestral/choral music score is broodingly bass heavy and occupies a wide and deep soundstage that extends aggressively to the four surrounds. The score really heightens the mysterious storytelling, Dialogue is always intelligible with decent spatial integration. Effects’ dialogue extends to every channel for effect. This is an excellent holosonic® soundtrack with a powerful dynamic character, deep bass extension, and aggressive surround envelopment that is reference quality. (Gary Reber)