Featured In Issue 198, July/August 2015

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Lionsgate Home Entertainment
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As the nation reels from a lethal virus that turns its victims into zombies, Wade’s (Schwarzenegger) daughter Maggie (Breslin) has been infected. Now, as Maggie’s condition worsens, Wade will stop at nothing to protect her from the authorities seeking to kill her to eradicate the virus. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Director Henry Hobbson, a making-of featurette (HD 18:14), deleted scenes (HD 02:15), cast and crew interviews (HD 50:07) a, trailer, upfront previews, and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture exhibits a bleak, Apocalyptic turning of the world under a grey and thunderous sky. While parts of the imagery are desaturated for stylization, uninfected people are naturally hued and spot highlights add color to the picture. Interiors are often darkly rendered, yet shadow delineation is generally revealing. Blacks lack deepness, but due to the often dark scenes, a darkened environment is required to appreciate the visual dynamics and resolution. As for resolution, detail is good, especially during closeups of facial features and hair. This is a depression-effective picture that projects a disaster for humankind. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is rather quiet throughout with a haunting music score enhanced with almost constant deep, powerful .1 LFE energy. The music sets the depressing mood and provides extended surround envelopment. Atmospherics and sound effects often enhance the bleak storytelling but are limited to the soundstage, except for the mostly subtle thunder ever present. Dialogue is reserved but nicely integrated spatially, and always natural sounding. This is a fine-soundtrack that is appropriately eerie but effective. (Gary Reber)