Revenant, The

Featured In Issue 206, April/May 2016

WSR Score5
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20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
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Strong frontier combat and violence including gory images, a sexual assault, language and brief nudity.
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Alejandro G. Inarritu
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The Revenant follows the story of legendary explorer Hugh Glass (DiCaprio) on his quest for survival and justice. After a brutal bear attack, Glass is left for dead by a treacherous member of his hunting team (Hardy). Against extraordinary odds, and enduring unimaginable grief, Glass battles a relentless winter in uncharted terrain. Based in part on the novel by Michael Punke. (Gary Reber)

Special features include A World Unseen documentary (HD 44:04), a gallery, and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.39:1 1080p AVC Panavision® picture is fantastically realistic with incredible cinematography. The imagery is perfectly natural, with excellent contrast, from the deep blacks to bright snowy landscapes. The color palette is comprised of earthy hues, gray skies, and natural fleshtones, though, largely covered in dirt and grime and facial hair. Resolution is excellent, with fine detail exhibited throughout, especially during close-ups of facial features, hair, beards, clothing, and mountainous foliage and trees. Make-up is incredibly realistic, exhibiting fine detail. This is a remarkable picture that oohs with realism and natural beauty. It is reference quality throughout. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 7.1-channel soundtrack is incredibly realistic, dynamic, and holosonic® throughout. The opening scene masters the art of nuanced soundscapes that completely immerse with subtle ambient sonics that are directionalized. Similar segments exhibit the same nuanced sonics that create the realism of the wild, untamed frontier. Foley effects are masterful throughout. Atmospherics are wonderfully detailed and dimensional. Sound effects such as gunfire sound perfectly natural. In fact, there are no unnatural sonics in this soundtrack. The orchestral music score is limited but effective and nicely recorded with a wide and deep soundstage that extends to the surrounds. The added two surrounds impressively expand the sense of dimensionality. Deep bass is often heard in the music but at times also during rain, wind, water, buffalo, and avalanche activity. The surrounds are actively engaged with directional sounds that define the natural soundscapes seen in the picture. Dialogue sounds natural throughout and is often directionalized and an off-screen perspective of the actors conversing. This is an impressive reference soundtrack that will showcase a good home theatre sound system. (Gary Reber)