Glass 4K Ultra HD

Featured In Issue 238, April 2019

WSR Score4.5
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Violence including some bloody images, thematic elements and language
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M. Night Shyamalan
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"Glass" is a grounded-in-reality, comic-book thriller where the heroes and villains are people first. The movie is the culmination to the trilogy that started with "Unbreakable" and "Split." (Gary Reber)

Special features include a conversation with Actor James McAvoy and Writer-Director M. Night Shyamalan (HD 05:10); 11 featurettes: "The Collection Of Main Characters" (HD 08:43), "Bringing The Team Back Together" (HD 02:54), David Dunn vs. The Beast" (HD 02:11), "Glass Decoded" (HD 02:52), "Breaking Glass:The Stunts" (HD 01:28), "Connecting The Glass Universe" (HD 02:54), "M. Night Shyamalan: Behind The Lens" (HD 02:46), "The Sound Of Glass" (HD 01:50), "Enhancing The Spectacle" (HD 02;53), "Raven Hill Memorial" (HD 02:16) and "Night Vision" (HD 01:56); an alternate opening (HD 02:13); 12 deleted scenes (HD 13:36); upfront previews and a Movies Anywhere digital code.

The 2.39:1 2160p HEVC/H.265 Ultra HD HDR10 picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, was photographed digitally in Panavision® using the Arri Alexa Mini camera system and sourced from a 4K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture is stylized throughout with an interesting production design and lighting effects. Overall, the imagery is nicely crafted. HDR contrast is focused on the darker scale of things with objects and characters cast in the shadows of the production design, accentuated with spot lighting. Full-screen bright, near whites occur to control Crumb, with faint characters seen through the light. Black levels extend deep. Bright highlights never reach exaggerated intensity but appear generally natural. Color fidelity is excellent, especially with respect to fleshtones and objects, as well as environments. No hue exhibits real intensity. Still, there are varying degrees of naturalness, which creates a sense of natural realism. Sharpness and clarity are excellent as well as resolution. Fine detail shows throughout in objects, facial features, hair, clothing and Dunn's cape. Textural resolution is excellent. WOW! segments really do not lend themselves to the production, though, there was one from 18:02 to 19:30 that was visually stunning. This is an arresting visual experience that is captivating. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1-channel soundtrack was remixed specifically for the home theatre environment. Surround envelopment is intense throughout with aggressive directionality that escalates effectively to create a heighten sense of mania. Dynamics are excellent with strong, extended deep bass to sub-25 Hz frequencies. The music score, a combination of orchestral and synthesizers, is haunting with excellent directionality across the soundstage and extending to the surrounds and height layer, to create an engaging soundfield presence. The score is bass centric throughout. Atmospherics are effectively realistic, as well as Foley sound effects. Sound effects are often bolstered and intense. Dialogue throughout is intelligible with good spatial integration.

The Immersive Sound element consists of an effective strong music score, low-level din, city street sounds, including crowd chatter, skating sounds, tunnel echo ambience, sounds effects related to the beast, synthesizer sound effects, pounding thrown objects, rain, a faint female voice, fenced metal door swings and closures, character voices, running shower water and drain sounds, basketball court goings-on, door closings, a siren alarm, breaking glass, grunts, screams, train station announcements, and other atmospherics and sound effects. This is one of the best Immersive Sound executions, with virtually no absence of sounds in the height layer.

This is a thrilling and hauntingly effective holosonic® spherical surround soundtrack that is unusually well crafted and dynamic with a score that fully envelops. (Gary Reber)