Collateral 4K Ultra HD

Featured In Issue 254, March/April 2021

WSR Score5
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Michael Mann
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In "Collateral," Tom Cruise gives a chilling performance as Vincent, a cool, calculating contract killer at the top of his game. Jamie Foxx portrays Max, a cabbie with big dreams and little to show for it. Max transports Vincent on his next job—one night, five stops, five hits and a getaway. And after this fateful night, neither man will be the same. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary by Director Michael Mann; a deleted scene with commentary (HD 01:57); five featurettes: "City Of Night: The Making Of Collateral" (HD 40:59), "Special Delivery" (HD 01:09), "Shooting On Location: Annie's Office" (HD 02:34), "Tom Cruise & Jamie Foxx Rehearse" (HD ) and "Visual FX:MTA Train" (HD 02:27); a teaser trailer; a theatrical trailer and a Movies Anywhere digital code.

The 2.40:1 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 the Arriflex 435, Panavision Panaflex Millennium XL, Panavision Panaflex Millennium, Sony CineAlta HDW-F900 and Thomson VIPER FilmStream systems in Super 35 and sourced from a 4K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture was shot at night in Los Angeles and exhibits a gritty touch. Grain is never objectionable and virtually non-detectable under normal viewing. Overall, the imagery is dark, especially within the interior of the reddish and yellow taxi and city-at-night surroundings. HDR contrast is quite realistic with deep nighttime blacks, revealing shadow delineation and environmental city lighting and spot effects, such as the taxi's front, top and back lights. Streetlights and the taxi's instrument panel and interior lighting are realistic. The color palette appears natural within the low-light environments. Fleshtones appear perfectly natural. Resolution is particularly good in closeups within the taxi and in some of the interiors with good textural definition. The imagery throughout is clear and very cinematic. This is a compelling visual experience that is satisfying throughout. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack often intensifies during the thrilling action. James Newton Howard's orchestral score is hauntingly effective with a wide and deep soundstage that extends to the surrounds and envelops the soundfield. Dynamics are realistic, as are the atmospherics defining the active city sounds and the busy LAX airport. Sound effects are at times powerful, such as realistic-sounding gunfire and the sound of a man thrown out of a high window casing on the top of the taxi. Surround energy is effective and especially aggressive during the "Club Fever" sequence. The sequence in a jazz club is nicely enveloping. Deep bass is reserved, but the low end sounds natural and warm. While a thriller, dialogue is very much a focus. Spatial integration is satisfying. This is a pristine-sounding holosonic® soundtrack that conveys realism and excitement. (Gary Reber)