Featured In Issue 239, May 2019

WSR Score5
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"Vice" stars Christian Bale as Dick Cheney in this epic tale of how a bureaucratic Washington insider quietly became the most powerful man in the world. (Gary Reber)

Special features include three deleted scenes (HD 17:05), the featurettes "Gaming The System" (HD 35:42) and "The Music Of Power" (HD 05:07), a gallery, the theatrical trailer 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 on Kodak film stock using a variety of film cameras in 35 mm, 16 mm and 8 mm and sourced from a 4K master Digital Intermediate format, all framed in 2.39:1 and 1.33:1. Some footage is from news broadcasts and, at times, interposed with the actors. At times the picture appears gritty, but mostly film grain is never objectionable. There is a certain nostalgic quality to the imagery, which enhances the realism of the period. Color fidelity is excellent, with strong saturated hues, yet is naturally rendered. Contrast is well balanced with deep blacks, revealing shadow delineation, and realistic highlights. The contrast between the inner office of the U.S. government, Cheney's home environments, and fishing segments, contrast dramatically with that of the Afghanistan and Iraq segments. All this is a gripping visual experience. Fleshtones are perfectly natural throughout. This is creatively crafted and an arresting visual experience. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is a dynamic holosonic® experience with moments of explosive intensity. The war scenes are powerful. The orchestral score is edgy and impactful with a wide and deep soundstage and, at times, powerful presence that, as well, extends to the surrounds. Sound effects are aggressively directionalized at times. Deep bass is energized in sub-25 Hz frequencies during the war scenes. Atmospherics define the scenes with realism. Dialogue is well integrated spatially and intelligible, even during segments in which several people talk simultaneously. Nicholas Britell's score is dynamic and impactful. This is one hell of a sonic experience that really connects with impact. (Gary Reber)