Featured In Issue 265, January/February 2023

WSR Score3.5
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Well Go USA
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"Alienoid" is the first in a planned series of two epic science-fiction time warpers. The movie is a tale of two eras, following two Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392) shamans seeking a legendary, time-bending blade as they unexpectedly cross paths with modern-era people hunting down a dangerous alien concealed inside a human's body. (Gary Reber)

Special features include an all-new English dub, making-of materials, trailer and character trailers.

The 2.39:1 1080p picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, was photographed digitally in anamorphic /i Scope using the Arri Alexa Mini and Arri Alexa SXT Plus camera systems and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. This is quite the imaginative picture with a combination of old and current world settings plus alien technology in the form of space craft and seemingly magical means of mayhem and destruction. Everything looks plausible with a both stylization and a color palette that works for both periods and the technology. An orange hue is often prominent. All colors appear nicely saturated. Special effects are often amazing. Human flesh tones appear natural, Contrast is excellent with natural black and white levels and revealing shadow delineation. Resolution is excellent with a wide display of textural detail. Facial features appear natural as well as clothing and objects. This is an image-diverse picture which is captivating throughout with different cultural settings. The English subtitles are clear and readable. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1-channel soundtrack is very dynamic sounding with scenes of aggressive mayhem supported by deep bass extension to sub-25 Hz. Surround energy is comprised of directionalized atmospherics, sound effects and the orchestral score, all of which are aggressively enveloping delivering a wide and deep soundstage and surround energy. Atmospherics sound realistic and sound effects are often out of this world. The English dubbed dialogue is quite good and intelligible throughout but as an ADR element sounds a bit forward and wanting in spatial integration. This is a holosonic® soundtrack that delivers a wide spectrum of sounds that are engaging. (Gary Reber)