Voyagers 4K Ultra HD

Featured In Issue 255, May/June 2021

WSR Score4
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Lionsgate Home Entertainment
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Violence, some strong sexuality, bloody images, a sexual assualt and strong language
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Single Side, Dual Layer (BD-66)
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Neil Burger
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Dolby TrueHD 5.1
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"Voyagers" follows a crew of young astronauts on a decades-long mission to populate a new planet. As disturbing secrets are uncovered, the crew descends into chaos fueled by paranoia, lust, and the hunger for power. (Gary Reber)

Special features include five featurettes: "Born For This: The Cast Of Voyagers" (HD 11:12), "Against Type: Unlearning Human Nature" (HD 07:21), "Survival Of The Fittest: The Physicality Of Voyagers" (HD 04:38), "On The Surface: The Visual Style Of Voyagers" (HD 09:42) and "Hidden Chambers: Tour The Humanitas" (HD 07:20) and a digital code.

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 and sourced from a 4K master Digital Intermediate format. The setting within the spaceship is clinical with a green tint to the wall surfaces. Thus, strong color is, for the most part non existent except for the naturalness of fleshtones and the sold black uniforms of the young crew. Contrast appears natural with deep blacks and bright white levels exhibited in the ship's lighting. Hue shading nuances reveal interesting contrasts. Resolution is excellent with sharp imagery and fine detail exhibited in closeups of facial features and object textures. This is a haunting picture experience that builds with intensity and mystery. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby TrueHD 5.1-channel soundtrack is generally frontal focused and steeped in atmospherics and Foley sound effects enhanced with sound effects and deep bass in the score. There is a constant din heard as a background element. The synthesizer score is haunting and occupies a wide and deep soundstage presence that extends to the surrounds. Surrounds are enveloping but limiting in effective envelopment. Dynamics are satisfying, Dialogue is intelligible with excellent spatial integration. Theatrically this was a Dolby Atmos presentation yet this is limited to 5.1 without a height layer. When put into the Auro-Matic mode, the soundtrack is far more satisfying with spatial dimensionality. (Gary Reber)