Passengers tells the story of two passengers, Aurora (Lawrence) and Jim (Pratt), among the 5,000 passengers who decided to board the Avalon spaceship for a 120-year journey that offers them the opportunity to wake up in a new century, on a new planet. However, the trip takes a deadly turn when their hibernation pods mysteriously wake them 90 years before they reach their destination. As they try to unravel the mystery behind the malfunction, they discover that the ship itself is in grave danger. With the lives of all sleeping passengers at stake, only Jim and Aurora can save them all. (Gary Reber)
Special features include eight deleted scenes (HD 09:49); four featurettes Space On Screen: The Visual Effects Of Passengers (HD 07:26), Casting The Passengers (HD 10:39), Creating The Avalon (HD 09:35) and On Set With Chris Pratt (HD 04:19); Outtakes From The Set (HD 04:23); Book Passage (HD 04:40) and an UltraViolet digital copy.
The 2.39:1 1080p MVC 3D picture was sourced from a 6.5K master and converted by Legend 3D. The imagery is the wonderful imagine of a technological future with android robots and machines that repair themselves, destined to the Homestead Colony Two. The 3D imagery is fantastic. Spatial dimensionality is extremely elastic with mesmerizing depth, perspective and volume. The relationship of Jim and Aurora to the spaceship’s tech-dressed interiors exhibits incredible realism. The color palette is naturally hued with interior hues that exhibit cool color temperatures and super smooth textures. Occasionally a strong primary will appear, such as red lighting effects. In contrast, the humans are warmly hued for a very natural look. Contrast is excellent, with architectural lighting effects against black or dark facades. Blacks are deep and shadow delineation is excellent. Resolution is excellent as well, with fine textures and objects nicely defined, as well as clothing and facial features and hair. The visuals as they relate to the Avalon spaceship are spectacular, and the widescreen format perfectly captures the sense of its architecture, either from the perspective of outer space looking in or within in the various interior settings. This is a spectacular, reference-quality 3D visual experience that sets itself way apart from the flat 2D version. (Gary Reber)
The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is remarkably spatial with the human interacting within large spaceship spaces and with the sounds of Foley and dialogue effectively integrated. Dialogue is perfectly intelligible. The piano-infused orchestra is beautifully recorded with a wide and deep soundstage that extends to the surrounds. The dominant quiet scenes are interspersed with dynamic-sounding deep-bass sequences of the spaceship moving through space and the intensity of outer space views. Such energizing of the soundtrack also occurs during these emotional moments. During such segments the surrounds are aggressively engaged for an effective holosonic® soundfield. Atmospherics are sparse and mostly Foley created. Sound effects are typically related to ship failures and external space disturbances delivered with directionalized surrounds. Deep bass at sub-25 Hz frequencies is energized in the .1 LFE channel during such segments and at times within the orchestral score. This is a fabulous soundtrack that delivers a nice balance among the various sound elements. (Gary Reber)