BLU-RAY REVIEW

Spy Who Dumped Me, The 4K Ultra HD

Featured In Issue 233, November 2018

Picture4.5
Sound4.5
Immersive4
WSR Score4.5
Basic Information on new release titles is posted as soon as titles are announced. Once reviewed, additional data is added to the database.
(Studio/Distributor):
Lionsgate Home Entertainment
(Catalog Number):
54906
(MPAA Rating):
R
(Rating Reason):
Violence, language throughout, some crude sexual material and graphic nudity
(Retail Price):
$42.99
(Disc Type):
Single Side, Dual Layer (BD-66)
(Widescreen Edition):
Yes
(Full Screen Edition):
(Running Time In Minutes):
116
(Color Type):
Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access):
Yes
(Closed Captioned):
Yes
(Regional Coding):
A
(Theatrical Year):
(Theatrical Release):
Yes
(Direct-To-Video Release):
(Disc Release Date):
10/30/2018
(THX® Digitally Mastered):
(Director):
Susanna Fogel
(Screenplay/Written By):
(Story):
(Music):
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer):
(Visual Effects):
(Costume Designer):
(Editor):
(Supervising Sound Editors):
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers):
(Co-Producers):
(Producers):
(Academy Awards):
(Principal Photography):
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio):
(Measured Disc Aspect Ratio):
(Disc Soundtrack):
Dolby Atmos, Dolby TrueHD 7.1
(Theatrical Sound):
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(DTS Bit Rate):
(Dolby Digital Bit Rate):
(Additional Languages):
(French Language):
(Spanish Language):
(Subtitles):

In "The Spy Who Dumped Me," two thirty-year-old best friends in Los Angeles, Audrey (Kunis) and Morgan (McKinnon), are thrust unexpectedly into an international conspiracy when Audrey's ex-boyfriend shows up at their apartment with a team of deadly assassins on his trail. Surprising even themselves, the duo jump into action, on the run throughout Europe from assassins and a suspicious-but-charming British agent, as hey hatch a plan to save the world. (Gary Reber)

Special features include four featurettes: "Covert Operations" (HD 11:15), "Gary Powell: The King Of Action" (HD 09:04), "Makin' Friends With Hasan Minhaj" (HD 06:46) and "Off Script" (HD 06:07); 11 deleted scenes (HD 09:35); outtakes (HD 06:41); upfront previews; and a digital copy code.

The 2.40:1 2160p HEVC/H.265 Ultra HD HDR10/Dolby Vision picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, was photographed digitally with the Arri Alexa camera system and sourced from a 2K (not 4K) master Digital Intermediate format. As the 2K Digital Intermediate has been upconverted to 2160p, there is no real gain in native resolution. Imagery is excellent with a natural appearance throughout, in location settings in Los Angeles, Vienna, Amsterdam, France, Hungry and Germany. The color gamut exhibits rich and warm hues and nicely saturated primaries that deliver bold accents. Fleshtones are perfectly natural. HDR contrast is excellent as well, with deep blacks, revealing shadow delineation and naturally bright highlights. Resolution is terrific and exhibits nicely sharp textures, well-defined clothing and fabrics, and revealing skin pores and hair. Even the duo makeup is very revealing during close-ups. WOW! segments are from 38:29 to 39:27, 01:04:33 to 01:05:48, 01:21:21 to 01:23:33, 01:26:45 to 01:29:02 and 01:32:10 to 01:32:45. The imagery is diverse and often flashy. This is a visually entertaining experience that delivers comedic fun. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1-channel soundtrack is dynamic sounding throughout with numerous action scenes that really kick up the soundfield energy with aggressive surround directionalization. From automatic and pistol gunfire to grenades, to explosions, to chase scenes with motorcycles, the dynamics are strong. Bass extension and transient attack are often powerful. Atmospherics are realistic sounding and enhance the various settings. Fidelity throughout is excellent. Dialogue is intelligible, even during the high-octane action scenes. Much of the dialogue is ADR, and while parts are spatially integrated often, such is wanting. The music score extends through every scene, varies in style, and is often very forward and presence sounding. Soundstage width and depth is quite good, and the music extends aggressively to the surrounds. The Cirque du Soleil scene at the Deutsches Technikmuseum is sonically wonderful throughout with a terrific assortment of sonics and superb Foley.

The Immersive Sound element is quite active with music that is strongly extended to the height layer and at times aggressively. All manner of sound effects are heard, such as crashes, breaking glass, bar ambience, explosions and debris, gunfire, a car alarm, road noise, a jet takeoff, car horns, train station ambience, train moving sounds, a helicopter, muted voices, wind, crowd gasps, and other sound effects. Height layer energy enhances the mix throughout. Still, many opportunities were not addressed, which could have enhanced the spherical sonics.

This is a rambunctious holosonicģ soundtrack that delivers a lot of fun. it will not disappoint. (Gary Reber)