Charlie's Angels 4K Ultra HD IMAX Enhanced

Featured In Issue 249, April/May 2020

WSR Score3.5
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Elizabeth Banks
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In "Charlie's Angels," the intrepid Angels of the Townsend Agency enter a new era with a secret, world-saving mission. Sabrina (Stewart), Elena (Scott), and Jane (Balinska) are working for the mysterious Charles Townsend, whose investigative agency has expanded internationally. The new Angels are among the world's smartest, bravest, and most highly trained women all over the globe. Under the guidance of Bosley (Banks), the Angels have to protect a revolutionary technology from becoming weaponized. They will have to rely on each other as their assignment becomes increasingly treacherous, and even those closest to them can no longer be trusted. (Gary Reber)

Special features include four featurettes: "Stronger Together: The Sisterhood Of The Angels" (HD 07:33), "Elizabeth Banks: As BOSSley" (HD 05:17), "Warriors On Set: Angels In Action" (HD05:55) and "Tailored For Danger: Styling The Angels" (HD 06:17); five deleted and extended scenes (HD 05:15); a gag reel (HD 02:44); the "Don't Call Me Angel" music video featuring Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus and Lana Del Rey (HD 03:53); upfront previews and a Movies Anywhere digital code.

The 2.39:1 2160p HEVC/H.265 Ultra HD HDR10/Dolby Vision picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, was photographed digitally using Arri Alexa Mini and Red Helium camera systems at 8K and sourced from a 2K (not 4K) master Digital Intermediate format rendered in the IMAX Enhanced format. As the 2K Digital Intermediate has been upconverted to 2160p, there is no real gain in native resolution. Picture quality is stunning and exhibits crisp, sharp, and pristine imagery. Color fidelity is lushly natural with nicely saturated hues that pop. Primaries are rich, warm, and flashy. Everything looks perfectly "alive." The wide color gamut is apparent with nuanced hues that enhance realism. Fleshtones appear accurate. HDR contrast is wide and perfectly balanced with naturally deep blacks and revealing shadow delineation. The production design is set with numerous bright scenes that accentuate colors. Spot lighting is effective with, at times, bright white levels. Resolution is superb with the finest of details exhibited in facial features and hair, clothing and fabrics, and intricate object textures. WOW! segments are from 34:25 to 36:38, 01:00:08 to 01:01:18, 01:22:46 to 01:24:09, 01:30:47 to 01:32:30 and 01:32:46 to 01:34:38. This is a dynamic picture with extremely well-illuminated production design and environments that light up the screen. (Gary Reber)

The DTS:X/DTS-HD Master Audio™ 7.1-channel soundtrack is dynamic sounding with both orchestral scoring and various pop-styled segments. Fidelity is excellent as well as soundstaging with a deep, extended surround presence that fully envelops the soundfield. Atmospherics are realistic and nicely complementary. Foley sound effects are precise. Sound effects heighten the action segments with accentuated transients and bass accents. Deep bass is natural sounding and nicely weighted with extension to sub-25 Hz frequencies. Dialogue is intelligible throughout, though, much of it is ADR produced and wanting in spatial delineation.

The Immersive Sound element is comprised of the music extended to the height layer and some brief sound effects such as shattering glass, subtle directionalized gunfire, a car explosion, a fire sprinkler, a motorized chair sound, Istanbul arcade sounds, a woman's scream and nightclub chatter. Except for the presence of the music, the sound design is sans numerous opportunities to present dimensionalism.

This is a lively and dynamic holosonic® spatially dimensional soundtrack that is engaging throughout. (Gary Reber)