Event Horizon 4K Ultra HD SteelBook

Featured In Issue 262, July/August

WSR Score3
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Paramount Home Entertainment
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Strong violece and gore, language and some nudity
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Paul W.S. Anderson
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Blood and gore abound in "Event Horizon," a science fiction horror film that features Laurence Fishburne as the leader of an elite mission to find the Event Horizon—a pioneering research vessel—that mysteriously vanished in 2040—seven years earlier. With the lost ship's darkly mysterious designer (Neill) and a crew of technicians, they learn that the vessel has slipped through a hole in the solar system and has entered a dimension of sheer terror. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary by Director Paul W.S. Anderson and Producer Jeremy Bolt; the featurettes: "The Making Of Event Horizon" (HD 103:01) and "The Point Of No Return: The Filming Of Event Horizon," featuring commentary by Director Anderson (SD 08:12); one deleted scene with commentary by Anderson (SD 02:49); two extended scenes (SD 07:13); the unfilmed Rescue Scene storyboards with commentary by Anderson (HD 02:57); the theatrical trailer, video trailer and a digital copy.

The 2.34:1 2160p HEVC/H.265 Ultra HD Dolby Vision/HDR10 picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, was photographed on Kodak film stock in anamorphic Panavision® using the Panavision Panaflex Platinum camera system and sourced from a restored 4K master Digital Intermediate format. Picture quality is superb and enhances the wonderful visuals. Film grain is never a distraction. Though the film is generally dark, the picture is sharp and clear throughout. HDR contrast is excellent, with incredible shadow delineation and highlight rendering. Blacks are deep and solid, without crushing the shadow detail. White levels appear natural. Colors are vivid and fully saturated, yet perfectly rendered for a very natural look. Color depth is excellent with nuances hue variations revealed. The dark green jumpsuits, flat gray ships interiors, and various brown and beige accents are nicely exhibited along with a purposefully apprehensive feeling. Flesh tones are accurately rendered and natural in appearance. Resolution is excellent with refined facial, clothing, and texture detail. Facial features such as lines, pores, and hair are revealing of fine detail. The absence of noise also creates the impression of a pristine picture. This is a clean, sharp picture with stunning visuals that are sure to please fans. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby TrueHD 5.1-channel soundtrack features a music score that is well recorded with a subtle surround presence. LFE .1 bass extension is deep and powerful, often extending below 25 Hz and system challenging, even in the surrounds, especially during a series of explosions. Dialogue is recorded conventionally and sounds a bit processed, with poor support for spatial integration. Dialogue, during scenes when the crew is helmeted, though, is convincing. Ambient sound effects are placed in the front stereo channels to provide dimension to the interior scenes, which at times are intense but also can be unconvincing. Surround envelopment is supported by the immersive music and often aggressive directional surround energy to create an exciting holosonic® presence. Overall, this is an effective science fiction soundtrack. (Gary Reber)