Journey From The Fall

WSR Score4.5
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"Journey From The Fall" is inspired by the true stories of Vietnamese refugees. April 30, 1975 marked the end of Vietnam's two-decade-old civil war and the start of the exodus of hundreds of thousands of refugees. Despite the alliance to the toppled South Vietnamese government, Long Nguyen (as Long Nguyen) decides to remain in Vietnam. Imprisoned in a Communist re-education camp, he urges his family to make the escape by boat without him. His wife Mai (Diem Lien), son Lai (Nguyen Thai Nguyen) and mother Ba Noi (Kieu Chinh) then embark on the arduous ocean voyage in the hope if reaching the United States and freedom. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with cast and crew, cast and crew interviews, the featurette "The Making O Journey From The Fall" (SD 38:45), alternate scenes, B-rolls and on-set footage, original trailer and TV spots, extensive historical testimonials and cultural notes, the original soundtrack CD and previews.

The 1.85:1 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a VIZIO Quantum X P85QX-JI UHD/HDR display, was photographed on 16mm Kodak film stock in spherical Super 16 and sourced from a 2K Digital Intermediate. The pictures is low quality and seamingly standard definition in appearance in segments. Grain is generally smooth but visible.. The color palette has no vibrancy to it. Color fidelity is poor. Contrast also is poor with undefined blacks and shadows, as well as dull whites. Resolution is fair during closeups but otherwise soft. The film should be treated as a historical drama worth watching for its realism and portrayal of the aftermath of the Vietnam war on the political prisoners and their families. (Gary Reber)

The repurposed Vietnamese: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1-channel soundtrack was derived from the original Vietnamese: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0 elements. There are moments in which intense explosions and gunfire arise out of an otherwise generally quite, dialogue focused presentation. Atmospherics sound realistic as well as Foley sound effects. The orchestral music is supportive. The stereo soundstage is wide with dramatic discrete imaging that extends wide. Surround envelopment is generally good with all sound elements extended, sans dialogue, which is center front. Dialogue capture and ADR is presented well in Vietnamese with English subtitles at the bottom of the screen. This is a compelling holosonic® soundtrack that delivers satisfaction. (Gary Reber)