Captain America: Civil War 3D

Featured In Issue 210, October 2016

3D Picture4.5
WSR Score4.5
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The most explosive clash to ever rock the Marvel Cinematic Universe ignites a firestorm of conflict in the game-changing epic Captain America: Civil War. In the wake of collateral damage, government pressure to rein in the Avengers drives a deep wedge between Captain America (Evans) and Iron Man (Downey Jr,), causing a catastrophic rift that escalates into an all-out feud. Against a backdrop of divided loyalties, their fellow Avengers must deal with the fallout. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary from Directors Anthony and Joe Russo and Screenwriters Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely; the featurettes United We Stand, Divided We Fail—The Making Of Captain America: Civil War Part 1 And Part 2, Captain America: The Road To Civil War, and Iron Man: The Road To Civil War; a gag reel; deleted scenes; and a sneak peek of Open our Mind: Marvel's Doctor Strange.

The 2.38:1 1080p MVC 3D picture conversion from Panavision® was performed by Stereo D and Prime Focus. The 3D imagery is nicely rendered with excellent depth perspectives, not only from near-field angles but also backgrounds. Frenetic action is captured effectively in 3D. All sorts of objects and persons move throughout the frame, whether flying or in the case of Captain America, his shield in flight, and boomeranging around the frame and outside to return to him. As well, combative scenes with all their mayhem are nicely preserved in 3D, even in fast motion sequences. Other objects also project off the screen, such as battle scenes during which characters animate in flight with swoops, and other motions. The visuals hold together well in 3D, which enhances the realism of locations and set pieces. Contrast is well balanced with deep blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Color fidelity is excellent, though, perhaps slightly less saturated than the 2D version. Fleshtones appear natural. Resolution is excellent, with fine detail revealed in both closeups and more distance perspectives, Facial features and facial coverings, as well as techish outfits, uniforms, clothing, and object texture are nicely detailed. The oval imagery is pristine without objectionable artifacts. Compared to the 2D imagery, the 3D visual experience is dramatically enhanced and will please fans of visual dimensionality. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 7.1-channel soundtrack is dynamic but delivers less sonics, as the action sequences suggest. Enhanced with deep .1 LFE energy, the bass delivers impact nicely during action segments, battle scenes, and explosions. As well, the bass sounds natural throughout the orchestral score. Aggressive surround is often strong and at times directionalized with atmospherics and sound effects, especially during battle and scenes of mayhem. The orchestral score is nicely recored with a wide and deep soundstage presence that aggressively extends to the surrounds. The added two channels enhance spatial dimensionality throughout the soundfield. The overall soundfield presence is smooth and enveloping, without being distracting. Dialogue is naturally projected with generally good spatial integration. Overall, this is a superb soundtrack with segments of reference quality. Fans will not be disappointed. (Gary Reber)