Includes director and producer audio commentary, the 24-minute making-of featurette, Surviving Vertical Limit, eight short behind-the-scenes segments with accompaning real-life stories, filmographies, a 13-minute National Geographic Channel featurette, Quest For K-2, a production notes booklet, the theatrical trailer, and bonus trailers for
High drama on one of the highest peaks in the world, Vertical Limit takes us to the base of the frigid K2 mountain in Pakistan
The anamorphically enhanced 1.85:1 DVD exhibits excellent image quality. The picture is sharp and detailed, with only a few softly focused scenes. Colors are bold and vibrant, with excellent balance and rich saturation. Blacks are deep and solid. Fleshtones push a slightly orange appearance at times. Contrast and shadow delineation are nicely balanced, with good visual information available into the darkest scenes. Only occasionally do images appear slightly hard-edged with apparent edge enhancement, but pixelization does not pose much of a threat to the picture. Despite a somewhat
The audio presentation is both an excellent recording and a truly outstanding demonstration of dynamics and dimension. The soundtrack (originally created for 8-channel SDDS
Since Issue 5 (my first), I focused on reviews of Laser Discs and now DVDs, and From The Editor's Couch. Also, WSR has a lot of punch in the new equipment features. The technical essays have been superb! My home theatre setup depended (and still depends) on knowledge gained from WSR. WSR has become the media reference for me with regard to picture and sound quality assurance in display equipment and widescreen entertainment (movies, music events, and documentaries). I still do not have Issues 1 through 4 or the Premiere Special Edition of WSR and hope you put them on the subscribers' site eventually, so that I can giggle at some of the early typos and slips (if you leave them in). However, I'm sure that the early editions make for interesting historical reading as well, because I believe WSR has moved the display industry forward through the pushing the envelope attitude of Gary Reber. Carry on.