USS Indianapolis: Men Of Courage

WSR Score4.5
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Lionsgate Home Entertainment
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In USS Indianapolis: Men Of Courage, the captain (Cage) and his crew are tasked with a top-secret mission at the end of World War II. This is the harrowing tale of real life American heros shipwrecked in shark-infested waters in the waning days of World War II. Based on a true story. (Gary Reber)

Special features include a making-of featurette (HD 33:11), upfront previews, and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture, photographed in Panavision® using the Alexa digital camera system, is quite appealing, with a nicely saturated color palette. Fleshtones are accurately rendered and appear realistic, even under conditions of red-tinted lighting in the interior compartments of the cruiser and within the enemy submarine. Reds, such as the insignia on Japanese war planes, are punchy. Contrast is excellent, with solid blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Resolution is revealing of fine detail throughout the extensive textural diversity of the ships. Close-ups are particularly sharp and clear. The imagery realism is impressive, as is production design. The stranded men in the sea among the sharks are dramatically intense. This is an intensely engaging visual experience. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is powerfully dynamic, with an aggressive holosonic® surround presence that energizes the soundfield. Action sequences are quite intense, especially the torpedoing of the cruiser and the men forced to abandon ship and risk survival in the shark-infested sea. Atmospherics, such as interior ship sounds and water reverberating off the rafts, sounds perfectly realistic, Sound effects, such as torpedo launches and big gun fire, also are perfectly realistic. In fact, remarkably, the atmospherics and sound effects are superb throughout, making for effective realism. Deep bass is intense in the .1 LFE channel during the sinking sequence and intensifies the peril. Dialogue is intelligible throughout with good spatial integration. The music score entails upbeat big band jazz and orchestral soundings. Recording quality is excellent and dynamic. This is a well-produced soundtrack with excellent dynamics, atmospherics, and sound effects, and a lively music score that is effectively engaging. (Gary Reber)