In "Indiana Jones And The Dial Of Destiny," Harrison Ford returns to the role of the legendary hero archaeologist for this highly anticipated final installment of the iconic franchise –– a big, globe-trotting, rip-roaring cinematic adventure. (Gary Reber)
Special features include five featurettes: "Chapter 1 – Prologue" (HD 11:20), "Chapter 2 – New York" (HD 10:33), "Chapter 3 – Morocco" (HD 10:11), "Chapter 4 – Sicily" (HD 11:22) and "Chapter 5 – Finale" (GD 12:18); the Score Only Version of the Movie and a Movies Anywhere digital copy.
The 2.39:1 2160p HEVC/H.265 4K Ultra HD HDR10 picture, reviewed on a VIZIO Quantum X P85QX-JI UHD/HDR display, was photographed digitally in anamorphic Panavision® using the Arri Alexa LF and Arri Alexa Mini camera systems and sourced from a 4K Digital Intermediate. The picture exhibits a wonderfully rich and warm filmic color palette with a wide color spectrum. Hues tend to often exhibit a warm goldend appearance in the settings' architecture. Foliage appears natural with solid greens and browns. At times colors pop, but for the most part they exhibit a slightly darker image. Flesh tones appear natural. HDR contrast is excellent with superb shadow delineation, deep, natural black levels, and natural white levels. The production design is innovative and diverse with dynamic contrasted settings and sets. Resolution is terrific with fine detail exhibited in facial features such as complexions, skin pores, lines, beard stubble and hair. Clothing is nicely defined. Objects and CGI appear realistic and exhibit excellent detail. This is an outstanding reference picture that will captivate fans of the series. (Gary Reber)
The Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1-channel soundtrack is dynamic sounding with a very active and prominent John Williams orchestral score with excellent instrumental clarity and a wide and deep soundstage that warps to aggressively envelop the sounfield. The stellar recording and mix was by Shawn Murphy at the Streisand Scoring Stage at Sony Pictures. Atmospherics are superb and realistic throughout. Sound effects are nicely energized and directional. Among the numerous effects are a skirmish atop a rapidly moving train, a number of exciting chases, like the horseback sequence in New York or the three-wheeled tuk tuk sequence in Tangier They are supported with deep bass frequencies and punch, which at times extends to sub-25 Hz frequencies. Foley sound effects are wonderfully realistic and in perfect sync with picture. Surround energy is aggressive and enhances the excitement of the virtually constant action as the the side and rear channels are regularly engaged. Dialogue is intelligible throughout and largely ADR produced but generally with decent spatial integration.
The Immersive Sound element unfortunately does not extend the wonderful music to the height layer. But sound effects pop up every once in a while such as overhead airplane engine sounds, bomb explosions, confetti, a motorcycle, a subway train whistle, whip strikes, helicopter sounds, underwater dive bubbling, boat motor, cave echoes, turbulent water, bugs, ancient Roman galleons firing flaming spears and other miner effects. There are even briefer instances of atmospherics. While it may seem a lot, for most of the scenes there is no height layer. There was so much opportunity to utilize the height layer effectively that was sadly ignored. And this is a true epic action adventure.
Still, this is a wonderful ear-level holosonic® ssoundtrack though spherical immersiveness is limited. Still the sonics are exciting and deliver excellent fidelity. This is a superb home theatre reference experience. (Gary Reber)