Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb

Featured In Issue 196, April/May 2015

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Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb follows Larry Daley (Stiller) and his heroic friends as they embark on their greatest adventure yet, traveling to London in order to save the magic that brings the museum exhibits to life. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary by Shawn Levy; seven deleted and extended scenes (HD 14:13): the featurettes The Theory Of Relativity (HD 12:09), Becoming Laaa (HD 07:24), A Day In The Afterlife (HD 16:26), The Home Of History: Behind The Scenes Of The British Museum (HD 21:24), Fight At The Museum (HD 06:22), and Creating The Visual Effects (HD 03:10); improv, absurdity And Cracking UP comedy (HD 08:05); two galleries; the theatrical trailers; upfront previews; and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 1.85:1 1080p AVC picture was photographed digitally using the Red Epic Dragon camera system in both 4K and 6K resolution. Fully saturated, the color palette exaggerates red and yellow, causing facial features to appear unnaturally and to accentuate the golds and brownish hues, while exhibiting an extremely warm appearance. Contrast is generally well balanced, but blacks are crushed with virtually no detail evident. Shadow delineation is inconsistent with, at times, poor resolution. Still, colors pop in stylized intensity, which makes for a vibrant visual experience. Resolution is excellent, with fine detail exhibited throughout. The imagery is not only sharp but absolutely pristine. Aside from the stylization and unnatural hues, this is a visually engaging experience with a heightened color palette. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 7.1-channel soundtrack is holosonically® dimensional with an impressive, expansive, and aggressive soundfield. The four-channel surround field is directionalized throughout, with atmospherics and sound effects prevalent. Sound effects, such as explosions, beastly movements, lava flows, and the sounds, are enhanced with deep, extended sub-25 Hz bass. Alan Silvestri's orchestral and choral music score, which is prominent in every scene, is nicely recorded with an expansive soundstage and aggressive surround presence. Fidelity is excellent. Dialogue is consistently intelligible and natural sounding, with generally good spatial integration. This is a terrific soundtrack, with aggressive soundfield dimensionality that is reference quality and thoroughly engaging. (Gary Reber)