"Occupation Rainfall" unfolds two years into an intergalactic invasion of Earth, as survivors fight back in a separate ground war. While casualties mount by the day, the resistance––along with some unexpected allies––uncovers a plot that could bring the war to a decisive end. Now, with the alien invaders hell-bent on making planet Earth their new home, the race is on to save mankind. (Gary Reber)
Special features include commentary with Writer-Director Luke Sparke; commentary with Sparke, Producers Carly Imrie and Carmel Imrie, Actor Zachary Garred and Visual Effects Supervisor Alex Becconsall; the featurette "Sydney Escape" (HD 03:51); eight deleted scenes with optional director commentary (HD 12:57); upfront previews and a digital code.
The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, upconverted to 2160p with greater resolution and luminance, was photographed digitally using the Arri Alexa camera system and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. Picture quality is inconsistent with exterior scenes appearing mediocre. Interior and night scenes are acceptable. The action is virtually non-stop with lots of high-powered gunfire and explosions that light up the screen with orangish hues. Fleshtones are generally natural, Contrast is at times very good, especially with blacks and shadow delineation. Highlights are bright. Resolution is generally good, especially with regard to facial features on humans and aliens, as well as clothing worn by the resistance. This is an interesting visual experience steep in visual effects. (Gary Reber)
The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is quite active throughout with scenes of non-stop warfare between humans and aliens. Firepower and explosions carry effective weight. Surround envelopment is particularly directionalized and active throughout. The soundtrack is heavily sound effects laden with all manner of sonics that sound dynamic. The orchestral score completely engulfs the soundfield. Dialogue is a bit low in level relative to the sound effects. Deep bass extension at times extends to sub-25 Hz frequencies. This is a war soundtrack full of high-energy holosonic® envelopment. (Gary Reber)