I Am Number Four

Featured In Issue 161, November 2011

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Touchtone Pictures / DreamWorks Home Entertainment
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Intense sequences of violence and action, and for brief language
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D.J. Caruso
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Based on the novel by Pittacus Lore, I Am Number Four follows John Smith (Pettyfer), an extraordinary teen masking his true identity to elude a deadly enemy sent to destroy him. Living with his guardian (Olyphant) in the small town he now calls home, John encounters unexpected, life-changing events—his first love (Agron), powerful new abilities, and a secret connection to the others who share his incredible destiny. (Gary Reber)

Special features include deleted scenes with introductions by Director D.J. Caruso, the featurette Becoming Number Six (HD 11:44), bloopers (HD 03:15), D-BOX® Motion Code™ and a digital copy.

The 1.85:1 1080p AVC picture is superb! The color palette is perfectly natural, with nicely saturated hues that are rich and vivid throughout. Fleshtones are naturally hued with a warm tone. Contrast is excellent with deep, solid blacks and impressively revealing shadow delineation. Resolution is excellent as well, with nuanced detail throughout, especially in close-ups of facial features, hair, clothing, and object textures. Visual effects are engaging and dramatically rendered. This is a completely engaging visual experience that is totally satisfying. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is dynamic and spatially engaging. Atmospherics and sound effects are effectively directionalized, with an aggressive surround presence. The sound is often dimensional, with dramatic bursts of penetrating surround effects. The .1 LFE channel is, at times, highly energized with sub-25 Hz impact. The music score is nicely recorded, with pop segments that image nicely. Dialogue sounds natural, though, at times wanting in spatial integration. The D-BOX Motion Code effects are appropriately supportive, with punctuated movements that enhance the overall experience. This is a well-produced soundtrack that sounds dynamic and spatially enveloping, with effective energized impact. (Gary Reber)