127 Hours

Featured In Issue 155, March 2011

WSR Score4.5
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Based on the book "Between A Rock And A Hard Place" by Aron Ralston, 127 Hours follows a mountain climber who becomes trapped under a boulder while canyoneering alone near Moab, Utah and resorts to desperate measures in order to survive. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary by Director/Co-Screenwriter Danny Boyle, Producer Christian Colson, and Co-Screenwriter Simon Beufoy; six deleted scenes and an alternate ending (HD 34:13); Search & Rescue actual events (HD 14:51); Luke Matheny's short film God Of Love (HD 18:46); up-front previews; BD-Live functionality; and a digital copy of the film. D-BOX® Motion Code is credited on the packaging but absent on the disc.

The 1080p 1.85:1 AVC picture is nicely photographed and communicates a dire situation that intensifies the viewing experience. The imagery is absolutely natural, with seemingly accurate colors that are expressively vivid, especially in above-ground scenes. The hues of the desert rock formations are warmly toned in orangish shades. Fleshtones are naturally hued as well. Resolution is excellent, with varying sharp-to-softly-focused zooms, which expose a multicity of nuances. The night scenes are revealing in shadow delineation. This is an intense visual experience that is certain to be uncomfortable. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is dynamic, with a frenziedly intense SPL original music score that is way out front and spatially engaging, with a strong surround presence. The amputation scene is especially cahotic sonically. Foley effects are excellent, as well as low-level subtle atmospheric sounds that delineate a scoundscape of loneliness and virtual silence. Dialogue is naturally presented as well. Bass extension is focused on the drum sounds in the music score and provides a solid foundation. At times the .1 LFE is quite aggressive and powerful. Everything sounds perfectly natural and real. This is an edgy soundtrack experience that really communicates an intense situation. (Gary Reber)