Moonfall 4K Ultra HD

Featured In Issue 260, March/April 2022

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Lionsgate Home Entertainment
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Roland Emmerich
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In "Moonfall," a mysterious force knocks the Moon from its orbit around Earth and sends it hurtling on a collision course with life as we know it. With mere weeks before imoack and the world on the brink of annihilation, NASA executive and former astronaut Jo Fowler (Halle Berry) is convinced she ha the key to saving us all––but only one astronaut from her past, Brian Harper (Patrick Wilson) and a conspiracy theorist K.C. Houseman (John Bradley) believes her. These unlikely heroess will mount an impossible last-ditch mission into space, leaving behind everyone they love, only to find out that our Moon is not what we think it is. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary by Writer/Producer/Director Roland Emmerich and Writer/Producer/Composer Harold Kloser: three featuretes "Against Impossible Odds: Making Moonfall" (HD 58:40), "Exploring The Moon: Past, Present And Future" (HD 26;29, and "KC Houseman Speaks The Truth" (HD 07:49) and a digital code.

The 2.39:1 1080p AVC 4K Ultra HD Dolby Vision/HDR10 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 Red Monstro camera system and sourced from a 4K master Digital Intermediate format. Color fidelity is vivid with warm and rich hues. Flesh tones are perfectly natural. HDR contrast is excellent with deep black levels, brilliant and at times intense white levels that are amazing, and excellent shadow delineation, Resolution is superb with sharp imagery throughout. Facial features, such as hair and beards, are revealing. Clothing and space and military uniforms appear sharp Object textures are nicely defined. The imagery is spectacular, especially the creation of Earth. This is a wild and imaginative visual experience that is captivating throughout. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1-channel soundtrack is wonderfully dynamic sounding with incredible low frequency sound effects depicting mayhem, such as intense flooding. Atmospherics are natural sounding. There is an aggressive surround field that encompasses the soundfield and enhances dimensionality. Bass extension to sub-20 Hz frequencies is powerful. Helicopter flyovers sound realistic as well as all manner of mayhem such as the spectacularly destructive gravity wave. Sound effects are directionalized and often motion panned. The orchestral/choral score is enveloping with a wide and deep soundstage that extends to the surrounds and envelops. Dialogue is intelligible throughout with generally good spatial integration.

The Immersive Sound element is wonderfully aggressive. The orchestral/choral score extends to the height layer. Other elements are space craft countdown voices, Moon sound din, beeping sounds from space craft, panned AI force, rain and thunder, news broadcasts, panned helicopters, astronauts voices, airplane cabin din, electronic buzzes, mayhem sound effects as disaster approaches and during intense destruction scenes, voices within the Moon and other unique sound effects. This results in a energized height layer, especially after the midway point.

The finale scenes are exciting and wonderfully presented by the holosonic® spherical sound mix. Moonfall is a good all-out dimensional soundtrack that impresses. (Gary Reber)