Patriots Day is based upon the dramatic real-life manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombers. This powerful action-thriller follows Police Sergeant Tommy Saunders (Wahlberg) as he joins brave survivors, first responders, and investigators in a race against time to find the bombers before they strike again. (Gary Reber)
Special features include the vignette Boston Strong: True Stories Of Courage (HD 21:34); five featurettes: The Boston Bond: Recounting The Tale (HD 21:43), The Real Patriots: The Local Heroes’ Stories (HD 19:48), The Cast Remembers (HD 05:51), Actors Meet Real-Life Counterparts: A Two-Part Series (HD 18:13), and Researching The Day (HD 11:22); upfront previews; and an UltraViolet digital copy. Also available as a 4K Ultra HD version.
The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture exhibits a tense realism, first through coverage of the Marathon and then more dramatically as the investigation proceeds. The color palette is natural throughout with well-balanced hues and accurate fleshtones. Contrast is decent, with deep blacks and decent shadow delineation, which is evident during the night scenes. The shoot-out scene is at night with effective street lighting that provides highlights to discern shadow detail. The production and action is quite effective in producing emotional impact. Resolution is excellent, with fine detail apparent in facial features, hair, uniforms and clothing, and objects such as vehicles and police paraphernalia. Overall, this is an effectively dramatic visual experience. (Gary Reber)
The DTS:X/DTS-HD Master Audio™ 7.1-channel soundtrack is true to the visual realism and is quite dynamic during the chase and shoot-out scene. Of course, gunfire and explosions sound perfectly real and deliver strong SPL, enhanced with .1 LFE bass extension. Such sound effects energize all four surrounds with directionality. Atmospherics are sonically descriptive of the various scenes. The music score is nicely complementary, with a wide and deep soundstage presence that extends to he surrounds. Height surrounds have limited impact that at times are perceptible. Overall, this is a soundtrack that delivers a good sense of realism and at times effective holosonic® envelopment. (Gary Reber)