Spies In Disguise 4K Ultra HD

Featured In Issue 249, April/May 2020

WSR Score5
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20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
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In "Spies In Disguise," super spy Lance Sterling (the voice of Will Smith) is a super cool and charming spy and Walter Beckett (the voice of Tom Holland) is the scientist who invents the super cool gadgets Lance uses. When an event happens, they must learn to rely on each other like never before in order to save the world when Lance is inadvertently transformed into a brave, fierce, majestic pigeon. (Gary Reber).

Special features include a Super Secret Spy mode, the featurettes "Infiltrating Blue Spy Studios" (HD 09:11) and "Top-Secret Guide To Gadgets" (HD 03:57), the "Then There Were Two" music video (HD 03;24), "Making The Soundtrack, Then There Were Two"(HD 01;24), the "Freak Of Nature" music video (HD 03:45), "Making The Soundtrack, Freak Of Nature" (HD 01:30), a stills gallery, and the theatrical trailer.

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 digitally animated and sourced from a 2K (not 4K) master Digital Intermediate format. This was originally released theatrically in 3D, but no 3D Blu-ray Disc was provided for review. As the 2K Digital Intermediate has been upconverted to 2160p, there is no real gain in native resolution. Picture quality and textural animation are incredible! Colors are vividly saturated with a wide color gamut, with an incredible range of hue nuances. Primaries pop throughout for a vividly colorful range of colorful imagery. Toward the end, there is an amazing rainbow of color exhibited that is eye-popping. HDR contrast is superb. Black levels are deep and solid. Shadow renderings are revealing. White levels are brilliant yet naturally illuminated with effective spot highlights. Resolution is incredible with the finest detail exhibited throughout in texture qualities. The animation is wonderful with fast-paced motion that fascinates. WOW! segments are from 04:08 to 05:46, 32:24 to 36:18, 51:21 to 53:38, 55:54 to 58:08, 01:12:26 to 01:13:56 and 01:24:38 to 01:25:46. This is a fantastic animated picture that is mesmerizing throughout, with incredible fun action and dimensional scale. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1-channel soundtrack is very dynamic sounding and supported with realistic atmospherics and spectacular sound effects that are aggressively directionized. The sound effects are non-stop and dynamically energized and panned throughout the soundfield with powerful deep bass enhancements. Bass extends to sub 25-Hz frequencies during the more intense action sequences, such as weapon discharges and explosions. The orchestral/choral score is wonderful and occupies a very wide soundstage with aggressive extension to the four surround channels, for exciting enveloping sonics. ADR dialogue is intelligible and articulate throughout and perfectly mated to the animated figures, both human and pigeon.

The Immersive Sound element is comprised of sound effects, such as pigeon chatter, bubble sounds from scuba gear, a helicopter panning from the rear to the front, intense wind, walking down metal stairs and on metal floors, laboratory ambience, a motor sound, thunder and lightening, a police siren, a dreamy reverberant voice, zoom sounds, an explosive sound, an airplane seat belt release beep, pigeon wing flaps, a squawk, a church bell, a flock of birds that are startled, a cave facility din ambience and reverberant voices, punchy explosions, and numerous extremely brief sound effects and din ambience sounds. There is no music, and the sound effects and ambience is widely spaced with long gaps of silence .

This is an incredibly exciting holosonic® spherical surround soundtrack that fully utilizes spatially dimensional sound effects and powerful dynamics that will thrill enthusiasts of home theatre. The soundtrack is testimony to the realism that sound makes up far more than 80 percent of the home theatre experience. This is an incredibly well-crafted soundtrack that is absolutely reference quality. (Gary Reber)