Semper Fi

WSR Score3.5
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Lionsgate Home Entertainment
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Pervasive language, some violence and disturbing images
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Henry-Alex Rubin
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"Semper Fi" is a thrilling and heartfelt tale about family, loyalty, and sacrifice. Cal (Courtney) is a by-the-book police officer who, along with his close-knit group of childhood friends, makes ends meet as a Marine Corps reservist. When Cal's reckless younger half-brother, Oyster (Wolff) is arrested after a bar fight and given an unfair prison sentence, Cal––driven by his loyalty to family and fierce code of honor––fights for Oyster. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Writer-Director Henry-Alex Robin, the featurettes " Loyalty And Brotherhood" (HD 16:54) and "A Battle Of Honor: Where Devotion Lies" (HD 06:55), three deleted scenes (HD06:09), upfront previews and a 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 in anamorphic Panavision® using the Red Dragon camera system and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. Picture quality is naturalized throughout, but resolution is generally soft throughout. Color fidelity is good, with some segments stylized in a yellowish tone. Natural hues and stronger colors pop at times. Contrast is well balanced with good black levels and generally good shadow delineation. Fleshtones are naturally hued. Overall, this is a satisfying visual experience. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack takes place in normal urban environments with a few segments set in Iraq, during which there are energized battle scenes including explosions, enhanced with deep bass energy. Environmental atmospherics are realistic, aided by excellent Foley sound effects and other sound effects that define the soundscapes. The music score is presented mostly as a background element with a wide soundstage and extension to the surrounds. Dialogue is intelligible with good spatial integration. This is a satisfying soundtrack rendered in realism. (Gary Reber)