Day Of The Falcon

Featured In Issue 176, April/May 2013

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Day Of The Falcon unfolds amidst the arid landscape of the Middle East in the early part of the 20th century. After years of bloody conflict, the leaders of two rival kingdoms (Banderas and Strong) reluctantly agree to end the fighting. But when oil is discovered between their territories, the war is re-ignited. Now it is up to their children (Rahim and Pinto)—young lovers who have married in hopes of bringing he families together—to find a way to end the violence and bring peace to the land. Based on the novel The Great Thirst by Hans Ruesch. (Gary Reber)

Special features include a making-of documentary (HD 42:01) and two featurettes: Transforming The Desert: The Visual Effects (HD 03:13) and From Storyboard-To-Screen (HD 02:56).

The 2.34:1 1080p AVC picture quality is wonderful! The cinematography is gorgeous with its play on light and shadow and pitch-black desert nights. Contrast is excellent with deep, solid blacks and revealing shadow delineation. The color palette is warm hued, with golden tones that contrast with the bold primaries of the elaborate gowns worn by the men. Fleshtones are perfectly natural. Resolution is excellent, with fine detail revealed in facial features, hair, beards, clothing, object texture, and sand...lots of sand. This is a beautiful visual experience that is sure to impress. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is dynamically and spatially holosonic®, with a sweeping orchestral music score that spans the sound-stage wide and deep and extends to the surrounds. The battle scenes are intense, with rumbling tank-like vehicles against men and camels, with rifles and swords. Deep bass energy is deep and powerful in the .1 LFE channel and enhances the intense battle excitement and explosions. The surrounds are aggressively en-gaged with directionalized pans and spatial dimension. Dialogue is always intelligible and is effectively integrated, though, at times the ADR is forward-sounding. This is an impressive soundtrack, with sonics that are dynamic and nuanced as well. (Gary Reber)