Jurassic World Dominion 4K Ultra HD

Featured In Issue 263, September/October 2022

WSR Score5
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Universal Studios Home Entertainment
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Intense sequences of action, some violence, and language
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147 / 160
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Colin Trevorrow
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Two generations unite to fight for the future in "Jurassic World Dominion". Four years after the destruction of Isla Nublar, dinosaurs now live—and hunt—alongside humans all over the world. This fragile balance will reshape the future and determine, once and for all, whether human beings are to remain the apex predators on a planet they now share with these fearsome creatures. The story focuses on Biosyn operatives attempting to track down Maisie Lockwood (Isabella Sermon), while Dr. Ellie Sattler (Laura Dern) investigates a genetically engineered swarm of giant insects. (Gary Reber)

Both the theatrical version (02:26:57) and the Extended version (02:40:49) are available. Special features include "Battle At Big Rock", a Jurassic World short (HD 10:17); the featurettes "A New Breed Of VFX" (HD 06:16), "Dinosaurs Among Us: Inside Jurassic World Dominion" (HD 47:09) and "The Making Of Jurassic World Dominion" (HD ); and a Movies Anywhere digital copy.

The 2.39.1 2160p HEVC/H.265 Ultra HD Dolby Vision/HDR10 picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, was photographed in Panavision Super 70 and Super 35 on Kodak Vision3 film stock using the Arriflex 235 and Arriflex 435 and other camera systems and sourced from a 4K master Digital Intermediate format. A 3D conversion was performed by DNEG Stereo, but no 3D Blu-ray was provided for review.

The picture is wonderfully filmic and exhibits a lushly warm and rich color palette with a wonderful nuanced spectrum of hues. This effectively enhances the realism of the environments and production design. The color palette is so very realistic with strong primaries. Flesh tones are perfectly accurate. The cinematography is beautiful with incredibly creative lighting. Contrast is excellent with natural black levels, revealing shadow delineation, and dramatic illumination with bright white levels. The imagery is sharp and clear throughout. Resolution is superb. Facial features such as lines, pores, facial hair and beards, and hair are finely resolved. The body features of the incredible variety of dinosaurs are finely detailed. Clothing is nicely defined as well as object textures, This is a remarkable filmic presentation that is reference quality throughout. (Gary Reber)

The DTS:X/DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1-channel extended version soundtrack is dynamic sounding with an unbelievable spectrum of sonics. Sound effects are galore and perfectly enhance the sense of realism and the emotion of eminent danger. Of course, the thump and growls of the largest dinosaurs are powerful and enhanced with sub-25 Hz bass. Frequency extension is wide at both ends of the spectrum. Foley sound effects are superb and perfectly sync with picture. Surrounds are aggressive and directionalized. The orchestral score is dynamic and expansive with a wide and deep soundstage that aggressively extends to the surrounds for dimensional envelopment. Overall, surround engagement is expansive. ADR dialogue, while predominant throughout, is remarkably well integrated spatially as well as set captured dialogue.

The Immersive Sound element is absent the extension of the orchestral score but there are the occasional sound effects and atmospherics such as the sound of dinosaurs,environmental din, wind, subtle people background chatter, "breach" announcement, forest ambiance, locus swarm, "chamber compromised" voice, drum beat, a harp, locus attack, helicopter, and other sporadic effects. This is a very disappointing height layer rendering, especially in light of what could have been achieved.

This is a fantasticality dazzling holosonic® spherical surround ear-level DTS-X soundtrack that is reference quality throughout. (Gary Reber)