"Adrift" is the unforgettable story about the resilience of the human spirit and the transcendent power of love. It is based on the inspiring true story of two free spirits whose chance encounter leads them first to love, and then to the adventure of a lifetime. As the two sailors set out on a journey across the ocean, Tami Oldham (Woodley) and Richard Sharp (Claflin) couldn't anticipate they would be sailing directly into one of the most catastrophic hurricanes in recorded history. In the aftermath of the storm, Tami awakens to find Richard badly injured and their boat in ruins. With no hope for rescue, Tami must find the strength and determination to save herself and the only man she has ever loved. (Gary Reber)
Special features include commentary with Director Baltasar Kormakur and Actress Shailene Woodley; two deleted scenes (HD 02:35); three featurettes: "Survival At Sea" (HD 02:21), "Braving The Elements" (HD 02:24), and "Journey" (HD 02:02); theatrical trailers; upfront previews; and a Movies Anywhere digital code.
The 2.39:1 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 using Arri camera systems and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture features spectacular photography, both above and below a constant-moving ocean. Color fidelity is perfectly natural throughout with nicely balanced hue saturation. Strong primaries enhance the color contrasts within the damaged adrift boat, the boat harbor, beaches, restaurants and settings. At sea adrift, the color contrasts of the boat in deep blue seas is often spectacular, as well as the intensity of a sunset. Contrast is excellent, with natural highlights and black levels. Shadow delineation in the night scenes is also excellent. Resolution is a tad soft overall but facial features, hair, beard, clothing and objects comprising the boats is satisfying. This is a wonderfully beautiful picture with dramatic settings that make for a impressively natural visual experience. (Gary Reber)
The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 7.1-channel soundtrack is at times very dynamic, with, when adrift, the sounds of the ocean, waves, pounding waves on the boat sides and deck, as well as the storm, are effectively realistic. The storm sequences are powerfully dynamic, with pounding giant waves, enforced with deep bass enhancement that extends deep to sub-25 Hz in the .1 LFE. The surround channels are used effectively to envelop the listener in powerful holosonic® dimensionality. Sound effects and atmospherics sound perfectly natural. In Auro-3D the soundfield becomes intensely three-dimensional, especially during the storm sequences. The orchestral score is nicely supported with a wide soundstage that extends to the surrounds. Dialogue is intelligible throughout, though, obviously ADR produced with a natural integrated leaning, This is a terrific soundtrack that is well crafted, and it delivers realism throughout in the sonic depiction of at sea storms and the experience of being adrift on the high seas, (Gary Reber)