Space Between Us, The

Featured In Issue 217, June 2017

WSR Score4
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The Space Between Us is an extraordinary mission through space to find love and experience our planet in a romantic adventure. Seven-year-old Gardner Elliot (Butterfield) is the first human born on Mars, living his whole life with a team of scientists on the red planet. He's always longed to see Earth to find the father he's never known and to meet a beautiful street-smart girl named Tulsa (Robertson), he's encountered friends with online. But when his chance finally comes, doctors discover his heart can't withstand the Earth's atmosphere. Eager to find his father, Gardner and Tulsa escape on a cross-country race against time to unravel the mysteries of how he came to be and where he belongs in the universe. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Director Peter Chelsom, an alternate ending (HD 03:01), five deleted scenes (HD 13:44), the featurette Love (HD 04:28), upfront previews, and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.40:1 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, upconverted to 2160p with greater resolution and luminance, was photographed digitally and on film. The image quality is wonderfully rich and warm with a vivid, fully saturated color palette with hues that pop throughout. Strong primaries are intense in hue, yet the imagery is absolutely natural throughout. The space scenes and on Mars, whether during exteriors of the red planet or within the interiors of the research and living complex, are beautiful. The Earth scenes exhibit perfectly natural imagery with an incredible range of colors. Contrast is excellent throughout, with bright highlights, deep blacks, and excellent shadow delineation. The imagery is impressively bright and realistic, whether in daylight scenes or darker settings. Resolution also is excellent with fine detail exhibited throughout. Facial features, hair, clothing, and object textures are rendered with exceptional detail. From scene to scene the imagery is spellbindingly realistic, with incredible presence. This is a wonderful picture with brilliant and dark contrasts. The upscaling really enhances the visual experience, taking it to a level that would be expected of a 4K Ultra HD HDR release. This is reference quality throughout. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 7.1-channel soundtrack is quite dynamic with excellent fidelity. Atmospherics and Foley effects enhance the realism impressively Sound effects are often powerful, such as rocket propulsion, explosions, pounding waves, and a crop duster biplane. Such is energized with deep, extended sub-25 Hz bass in the .1 LFE channels. Atmospherics and sound effects extend to the four surrounds, creating an enveloping soundfield. The orchestral music score is nicely recorded, with a wide and deep soundstage that extends to the surrounds creating a wonderful sense of spatial dimension. Dialogue is consistently intelligible, with good spatial integration. This is a perfectly complementary soundtrack, with good holosonic® dimension, that is enjoyable throughout. (Gary Reber)