The Beekeeper 4K Ultra HD

Featured In Issue 272, March/April

WSR Score5
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Strong violence throughout, pervasive language, some sexual references and drug use
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In "The Beekeeper," a mysterious Beekeeper, Adam Clay (Jason Statham), a former operative of a powerful organization known as Beekeepers, upends his covert life and embarks on a brutal revenge mission to dismantle coreruption at the highest levels of society. (Gary Reber)

There are no special features except for a digital copy.

The 2.39:1:1 2160p HEVC/H.265 4K Ultra HD Dolby Vision/HDR10 picture, reviewed on a VIZIO Quantum X P85QX-JI UHD/HDR display, was photograph digitally in anamorphic /i Scope using the Arri Alexa 35 camera system and sourced from a 4K Digital Intermediate. Picture quality is terrific with a natural color palette that exhibits vibrant hues. The picture at times is stylized using effective lighting to create atmospherics. At times a yellowish hue washes the proceedings. Hues are nicely saturated. Flesh tones are perfectly natural in appearance in various lighting conditions. HDR contrast is excellent with natural black levels, revealing shadow delineation and accurate white levels. Resolution is excellent throughout, especially during closeups, with fine detail exhibited in facial features such as skin pores, lines, makeup hair and beards. Clothing fabrics are revealing of fine detail and object textures appear realistic. This is a well crafted natural looking picture with excellent fidelity that is sure to thrill fans of Jason Statham. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHd 7.1-channel soundtrack is dynamic sounding throughout with plenty of exciting sound effects. Atmospherics are convincingly realistic. Sound effects are a major sound element and deliver powerful dynamic responses supported with intense deep sub-25 Hz .1LFE bass hat punches through the soundfield. Effects such as gunfire, machine gunfire, and explosions are riveting. The orchestral/choral score is sweeping and dynamic with a wide and deep soundstage that aggressively envelops the four surrounds. Foley sound effects are accurate and powerful with plenty of close combat engagements. Dialogue is intelligible throughout with generally good spatial integration.

The Immersive Sound element is comprised of an extension of the music score to the height layer as well as the occasional sound effect including gunfire and explosions. The height layer is engaged more to the front than the rear of the soundfield but is effective when active, which is fairly often. Of course, far more could have been achieved given the weight of action.

This is a very exciting holosonic® spherical surround soundtrack with intense dynamics and sonic action. (Gary Reber)