Mulan 4K Ultra HD

Featured In Issue 253, January/February 2021

WSR Score5
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In "Mulan," a fearless young woman risks everything out of love for her family and her country to become one of the greatest warriors China has ever known. (Gary Reber)

Special features include deleted scenes; five featurettes: "Updating A Classic," " Mulan By Another Name," "Reflections Of Mulan," "Original Mulan," and "Being Bad."

The 2.39:1 2160p HEVC/H.265 Ultra HD HDR10 picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, was photographed digitally using Arri Alexa 65 and Arri Alexa LT camera systems and sourced from a 2K (not 4K) master Digital Intermediate format. As the 2K Digital Intermediate has been upconverted to 2160p, there is no real gain in native resolution. The movie was photographed at resolutions of 4.5K and 6.5K but finished at a 2K digital intermediate. The movie was upconverted to 3D by DNEG but no 3D Blu-ray Disc was provided. Color fidelity is nicely saturated with excellent color depth. Hues punch with intense reds, greens, and blues for a wide color gamut that vividly leaps off the screen. The color palette is mesmerizing. Fleshones are perfectly natural throughout. HDR contrast is wide with deep with solid blacks, revealing shadow delineation, and excellent white levels exhibited in bright exteriors and effective spot lighting. Resolution is superb with intricate detail exhibited in facial features such as lines, pores, and hair, and in textural clothing and objects such as armor and settings. This is an impressively sharp and clear picturesque presentation with vivid colors and dynamic contrast that is reference quality throughout. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1-channel soundtrack is wonderfully dynamic and spatially dimensional, though, requires a volume lift to reference level to fully appreciate the experience. Atmospherics are nicely effective as a contributor to environmental dimensionality. Sound effects are vivid such as clanking armor, troop formations, flags rustling in the wind, the rush of battle, galloping horses and an avalanche. Surround energy is aggressive with precision placement of sound effects. Deep bass is nicely energized, at times to sub-25 Hz. Dialogue is clean with generally good spatial integration. The orchestral score occupies a wide and deep soundstage that extends to the surrounds.

The Immersive Sound element is limited to infrequent sound effects but no music extension to the height layer. As such, it falls far short of its potential.

This is a well-crafted holosonic® soundtrack, which nicely complements the amazing visuals. (Gary Reber)