Deep Impact 4K Ultra HD

Featured In Issue 267, May/June 2023

WSR Score4
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Paramount Home Entertainment
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Intense diaster related ellements and brief language
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Mimi Leder
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In "Deep Impact," a comet is discovered to be on a collision course with Earth. As doomsday nears, the human race prepares for the worst. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary by Director Mimi Leder and Visual Effects Supervisor Scott Farrar; four featurettes: "Preparing For The End" (HD 08:56), "Making An Impact" (HD 12:08), "Creating The Perfect Traffic Jam" (HD 06:14) and "Parting Thoughts" (HD 04:50); photo gallery; teaser trailer; theatrical trailer and a digital copy.

The 2.39:1 2160p HEVC/H.265 Ultra HD Dolby Vision/HDR10 picture, reviewed on a VIZIO Quantum X P85QX-JI UHD/HDR display, was photographed on Kodak Vision film tock in Super 35 and sourced from a 4K master Digital Intermediate format. Picture quality is excellent with a filmic appearance. Film grain is virtually invisible which result in somewhat smooth imagery. The color palette is rich and warm, as well as bold with nicely saturate hues that often display strong primaries. Flesh tones are varied and at times seemingly unnatural due to over saturation of reddish hues. Hue density is nuanced and distinctive. HDR contrast is excellent with strong black levels, revealing shadows delineation and brilliant shite levels. Image depth is excellent. Clarity and resolution is excellent with fine detail exhibited throughout. Fine textural detail is visible in all manner of imagery form interior scenes to exteriors and The environment around the comet in the way of incredible visual effects. Facial features are nicely resolved, including lines, skin pores, hair and beards. Clothing and object texture is also well defined. This is a wonderful recreation of a older film that will please fans. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby TrueHD 5.1-channel soundtrack is dynamic sounding with an effective bass foundation in the special effects and the orchestral score. The music spans a wide and deep soundstage that aggressively envelops the surrounds. Surrounds are active at all times. Deep 25 Hz occurs during the scene of the Messiah mission, particularly when Messiah's rockets explode. Sound effects are dynamic and powerful such as Dr. Wolf's repositioning of the heavy telescope with its shifting gears and mechanical movements heard throughout the soundfield. Dialogue is intelligible with good spatial integration. This is a well-crafted holosonic® soundtrack that delivers with excellent soundfield dimension. (Gary Reber).