The Ambush

Featured In Issue 265, January/February 2023

WSR Score5
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In "The Ambush," on the final patrol of their deployment, three soldiers are ambushed by heavily armed militants, leaving them wounded, isolated, and nearly out of ammunition. Upon receiving word of the attack, their commanding officer undertakes a daring, midnight-hour operation to free his men. Based on an actual event. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the trailer and up-front previews.

The 2.39:1080p picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, was photographed digitally and sourced from a 4K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture is extremely realistic throughout and perfectly captures the mountainous dusty dry desert landscape and semi-barren locales where the action takes place. The color palette emphasizes the grayish beige hues of the desert canyon and is absolutely natural. RPG explosions emit dark grayish/black smoke. Hits on the military vehicles exhibit bursts of fire. The soldiers' equipment appear realistic and naturally hued. Flesh tones appear perfectly natural. Contrast is superb with revealing shadows, deep blacks and natural white levels. The finale Falcon bomb drops create the most realistic orange yellow fire balls. Resolution is excellent. Fine detail is exhibited in individual bits of stone and rubble in the canyon where a lot of the action takes place. The solders' uniforms and gear appear finely detail as well. This is an extremely realistic depiction of war. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1-channel soundtrack while not a desirable Immersive Sound soundtrack is effectively enveloping with a virtually constant surround field that supports spatial dimensioonality. Atmospherics are realistic sounding. Sound effects such RPGs, mines, machine gun fire and the sounds of gunfire are all extremely real. The sound of the military vehicles also are realistic. Nuanced sounds of debris from explosions enhance the total realism of the combat. The interior of command headquarters sounds realistic as well. The synthesizer/orchestral/choral score is haunting and delivers an appropriate emotional feel. The Arabic dialogue is spatially integrated. The destruction from the fire power of the Apache helicopter and Falcon jet fighter are explosive. Surround energy is aggressive and fully enveloping. Deep bass sounds natural and never exaggerated. The finale bomb drop sound totally realistic. This is an intense holosonic® war experience with constant firepower that is explosive. Since this was a Dolby Atmos theatrical soundtrack that would have been an enhanced spherical sound addition since there are so many overhead shots and effects. An English dub verso is an option but only in stereo. (Gary Reber)