V For Vendetta 4K Ultra HD

Featured In Issue 253, January/February 2021

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After breaking curfew one night, the lovely Evey (Portman) is being manhandled by a couple of corrupt cops when a Guy Fawkes-type character arrives and saves the day. V (Weaving) is out For Vendetta, and the powers that be are convinced that Evey is aiding and abetting the masked stranger. But is he for or against her, and is he a good guy or bad? Whatever his intentions may be, the only thing for sure is that he has destruction on his mind. Based on the graphic novel illustrated by David Lloyd and published by Vertigo/DC Comics. (Tricia Spears)

Special features include a conversation with James McTeigue and Lana Wachowski, the featurettes " V For Vendetta Unmasked" and "Natalie Portman's Audition" plus previously released special features on the Blu-ray Disc that include four featurettes: "Freedom! Forever!: Making V For Vendetta,""Designing The Near Future," "Remember, Remember: Guy Fawkes And The Gunpowder Plot" and "England Prevails: V For Vendetta And The New Wave In Comics"; a Cat Power Montage; the theatrical trailer; a Saturday Night Live Digital Short and a Movies Anywhere digital code.

The 2.35:1 2160p HEVC/H.265 Ultra HD HDR10 picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, was photographed on Kodak Vision2 film stock in Super 35 using the Arricam LT, Arricam ST, Arriflex 235 and Arriflex 435 Xtreme and sourced from a 4K master Digital Intermediate format. This new release is from a new scan of the original camera negative. The stylized presentation is terrific with a saturated color palette with a wide color gamut exhibiting nuanced hues providing brighter, deeper and more life-like colors. HDR contrast is wide with deeper blacks and revealing shadow delineation. White levels are extended with bright highlights and spot lighting. Explosions are intensely firey The closing fireworks display are wonderful. Other colors pop with vividness. Clothing hues are warm and rich. Fleshtones retain excellent naturalness. Resolution is excellent with fine detail exhibited throughout. This is definitely the definitive version of the film that will thrill fans of "V." (Gary Reber)

The Dolby AtmosDolby TrueHD 7.1-channel soundtrack is exceptionally dynamic and powerful with an aggressive sub-25-Hz bass extension. Atmospherics are complex and realistic throughout. Sound effects are powerful and effectively charge the proceedings. Dario Marianelli's original score and those supplemental pieces of music occupy a wide and deep soundstage that extends to the four surrounds. Channel separation and directionalization add excitement to the listening experience. The rear channels are fully energized. Dialogue is clean with a slightly forward presence, especially when V speaks.

The Immersive Sound element is comprised of an extension of the music, sound effects, such as wind and explosions, thunder and lighting and nuanced low-level dialogue and ambient sounds. Other notable elements include those ominous broadcasts by "The Voice of London" and foreboding big-screen meetings with High Chancellor Adam Sutler. This is an effective height layer presentation that enhances soundfield dimensionaliity.

This is a wonderfully dynamic and exciting holosonic® spherical surround soundtrack that finally does due justice to a classic. (Gary Reber)