Men In Black 3 3D

Featured In Issue 172, December 2012

3D Picture4.5
WSR Score4.5
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
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Barry Sonnenfeld
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In "Men In Black 3," Agents J (Smith) and K (Jones) are time. Agent J has seen some inexplicable things in his 15 years with the Men In Black, but nothing, not even aliens, perplexes him as much as his wry, reticent partner. But when Agent K's life and the fate of the planet are put at stake, Agent J will have to travel back in time to put things right. J discovers that there are secrets to the universe that Agent K never told him—secrets that will reveal themselves as he teams up with the young Agent K (Brolin) to save his partner, the agency, and the future of humankind. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the Spot The Alien game; three featurettes "Partners In Time: The Making Of MIB 3" (HD 26;24), "The Evolution Of Cool: MIB 1960's Vs. Today" (HD 11:14), and "Keeping It Surreal: The Visual FX of MIB 3" (HD 10:26); four scene investigations (HD 17;25); five progression reels (HD 17:37); a gag reel (HD 03:54); the "Back In Time" music video by Pitbull (HD 03:34); and upfront previews.

The 1080p MVC picture is a fabulous 3D conversion, with an engaging visual presence that enhances the storytelling with visual and dimensional intensity. If one had not known that the film was not produced in native 3D, there is no clue otherwise. This is a tribute to the creative and artistic skills of the artisans at 3D Prime Focus, the 3D stereoscopic conversion house responsible for crafting the 3D "MIB 3." Never mind that this is a conversion, the 3D presentation is absolutely stunningly spectacular! The picture quality is exemplary, exhibiting accurate color fidelity with perfectly rendered natural fleshtones, richly hued colors, and deep, solid blacks with outstanding definition. Contrast and shadow detail are excellent. The color palette is perfectly balanced, with rich, warm hues that often pop. Contrast and shadow delineation are superb throughout, with images that are impressively sharp and detailed, especially during close-ups and in particular the focus on Tommy Lee Jones' facial lines, and with excellent textures and definition. This is a stunning visual experience. The sense of natural depth and perspective is impressively conveyed. Dimensional realism is perfectly scaled to portray a realistic proportional sense of size and shape. While the positive parallax view is dominant, there are numerous instances where negative parallax out-of-screen visual effects provide added 3D energy. Never through the viewing was crosstalk ghosting evident, for a virtual artifact-free viewing experience. "MIB 3" 3D is yet another remarkable 3D conversion that blurs any "real" difference between native and converted 3D production. This is a totally enjoyable and impressive visual experience, no doubt attributed to the awe-inspiring 3D elements. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is impressive, with a loud, energetic presence that deliveries an appropriately dynamic, action-paced listening experience. The soundfield is intensely and consistently expansive, with wide imaging and generous split surround envelopment that envelops the soundfield. The sound is both nuanced and dynamic in clarity. This is a spatially energetic holosonic® listening experience that will surely entertain and impress. Bass is very deep and nicely defined, with occasional intensity that will test the mettle of your system. Low-frequency extension is extremely deep, to sub-25 Hz frequencies. The music has a pervasive, expansive presence that is well recorded and integrated into the sound mix. The dialogue production is clear and intelligible and nicely integrated spatially. As with the previous films in this trilogy, this is an impressive film soundtrack, with a loud, energetic presence that delivers an appropriately dynamic, action-paced listening experience. (Gary Reber)