Into The Storm

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In Into The Storm, the City of Silverton, in the span of just a few hours, is ravaged by an unprecedented onslaught of the most furious twisters they've ever seen. The entire town is at the mercy of the erratic and deadly cyclones, even as storm trackers predict the worst is yet to come. Most people seek shelter, while others run toward the vortex, testing how far a storm chaser will go for that once-in-a-lifetime shot. Told through the eyes and lenses of professional storm chasers, thrill-seeking amateurs, and courageous townspeople, who throw you into the eye of the storm to experience Mother Nature at her most extreme. (Gary Reber)

Special features include three featurettes: Into The Storm: Tornado Files (HD 10:48), Titus: The Ultimate Chasing Vehicle (HD 08:23), and Fake Storms: Real Conditions (HD 05:37), and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 1.85:1 1080p AVC picture was photographed with the Arri Alexa M digital camera system and exhibits a pristine close-up of intense tornado storms. The overcast, cloud-embedded skies are beautifully captured with unimaginable striking realism. Rain and debris is scattered and tossed in all directions. The visual quality is perfectly natural, with fiery twisters that suck people up within. Color fidelity is excellent, with fleshtones naturally hued throughout. Black levels also are naturally casted with excellent shadow delineation throughout. Resolution is revealing of fine textures and detail, especially during close-ups. This is an intense visual experience that projects realism throughout.

The DTS-HD Master Audioô 5.1-channel soundtrack is extremely dynamic with particularly loud and energized deep bass delivered by the .1 LFE channel. Sub-25 Hz extension is common during the intense storm sequences. Atmospherics and sound effects are fully directionalized to create a huge soundfield, including height during an almost content deluge of rain. Even without height channel loudspeakers, the rain and storm effects are height impacted. The music score is nicely recorded and is sweeping in terms of soundstage width and depth, and extends aggressively to the surround. Dialogue is constantly intelligible, with good spatial integration. This is an intense holosonicģ experience that is effectively dynamic and powerful.