Angel Has Fallen 4K Ultra HD SteelBook

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Lionsgate Home Entertainment
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Violence and language throughout
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Ric Roman Waugh
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In "Angel Has Fallen," when there is an assassination attempt on U.S. President Allan Trumbull (Morgan Freeman), his trusted confidant, Secret Service Agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler), is wrongfully accused and taken into custody. After escaping from capture, he becomes a man on the run and must evade his own agency and outsmart the FBI in order to find the real threat to the president. Desperate to uncover the truth, Banning turns to unlikely allies to help clear his name, keep his family from harm, and save the country from imminent danger. (Gary Reber)

Special features include seven featurettes: "Even Angels Fall: The Story" (HD 08:35), "Someone To Watch Over Me: New Blood" (HD 13:02), "Calling All Angels: Casting" (HD 18:13), "True Faith: Authenticity" (HD 12:47), "Fight For You: Stunts And Action" (HD 09:39), "Earth Angel: Recreating DC" (HD 06:25) and "Angel Declassified" (HD 08:38) and a 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 using the Arri Alexa, Arri Alexa Mini, Arri Alexa SXT, Panasonic EVA1 and Panasonic VariCam LT camera systems and sourced from a 4K Digital Intermediate. Picture quality is excellent with a filmic-style quality, The imagery is dynamic with bright scene levels and dark night scenes. The color palette is gritty in hues but generally natural with frequent stylization. Colors such as red primaries pop. Flesh tones are generally natural. HDR contrast is excellent with deep black levels, dark but revealing shadows, and lighting effects that can be intense. Resolution is excellent. The picture is sharp and clear. Detail is finely resolved in facial features such as skin pores, lines, hair and beards. Clothing is revealing of texture as well as objects, especially during closeups. This is an exciting visual experience with intensely dramatic imagery that is compelling. (Gary Reber)

The repurposed Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1-channel soundtrack is dynamic sounding with intense bombastic battle scenes and explosions, and other sound effects that drive the action with aggressive surround envelopment. Atmospherics sound realistic as well as Foley sound effects. Sound effects are often intense and supported with deep sub-25 Hz bass in the .1 LFE channel. The orchestral score is a prominent active sound element that envelops the soundfield with a wide and deep soundstage and aggressive surround presence. Stereo imaging is excellent with discrete surround localization. Dialogue is generally well integrated spatially.

The Immersive Sound element is comprised of an aggressive extension of the orchestral score, helicopters, environmental atmospherics, intense drone attack sound effects, explosions, debris scatter, evil person disguised voice and shouting voice, sirens and more. This is a very effective height layer, which nicely enhances spatial dimensionality.

This is an intensely dynamic holosonic® spherical surround soundtrack with excellent dimensionality and exciting action sound effects. (Gary Reber)