Men In Black 3 4K Ultra HD

Featured In Issue 223, January 2018

WSR Score4.5
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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
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Sci-fi action violence, and brief suggestive content
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104 Minutes
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Barry Sonnenfeld
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In "Men In Black 3," Agents J (Smith) and K (Jones) are back... in time. Agent J has seen some inexplicable things in his 15 years with the Men In Black, but nothing, not even aliens, perplexes him as much as his wry, reticent partner. But when Agent K's life and the fate of the planet are put at stake, Agent J will have to travel back in time to put things right. J discovers that there are secrets to the universe that Agent K never told him—secrets that will reveal themselves as he teams up with the young Agent K (Brolin), to save his partner, the agency, and the future of humankind. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the Spot The Alien game; three featurettes Partners In Time: The Making Of MIB 3 (HD 26;24), The Evolution Of Cool: MIB 1960's Vs. Today (HD 11:14), and Keeping It Surreal: The Visual FX of MIB 3 (HD 10:26); four scene investigations (HD 17;25); five progression reels (HD 17:37); a gag reel (HD 03:54); the “Back In Time” music video by Pitbull (HD 03:34); and upfront previews.

The 1.85:1 2160p HEVC/H.265 Ultra HD HDR10 picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, was photographed on Kodak film stock using Arri Alexa, Arricam LT and ST, and Arriflex 235 camera systems and sourced from a fully restored 4K master Digital Intermediate format. Picture quality on this third installment in the MiB trilogy does not disappoint. As a film production, light grain defines its filmic characteristic. The picture is fabulous. Image quality is exemplary, exhibiting accurate color fidelity with perfectly rendered natural fleshtones, richly hued colors, and deep, solid blacks with outstanding definition. HDR contrast and shadow detail are excellent, and bright highlights are often intense. Black suits and ties and white shirts are standouts amongst other colors. The wide color palette is perfectly balanced, with rich, warm hues that often pop. Hues are deeply saturated but descriptive of fine shadings. There's an added depth and firmness, increased vitality and punch, while maintaining the same look and feel, just with more nuanced saturation. Resolution is superb throughout, with images that are impressively sharp and detailed, especially during close-ups and in particular the focus on Tommy Lee Jones' facial lines, and with excellent textures and definition. Every detail is rendered precisely, even visual effects shots. This is a stunning visual experience. The sense of natural depth and perspective is impressively conveyed. A WOW! segment begins at 0:14:42 and ends at 01:16:59. As the final in the trilogy, this is definitely an exemplary catalog title 4K Ultra HD HDR presentation that will thrill fans. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1-channel soundtrack has been remixed specifically for the home theatre environment. The soundtrack is impressive, with a loud, energetic presence that deliveries an appropriately dynamic, action-paced listening experience. The soundfield is intensely and consistently expansive, with wide imaging and generous split surround envelopment that envelops the soundfield with orchestral music and sound effects mayhem. The sound is both nuanced and dynamic in clarity. This is a spatially energetic holosonic® spherical surround listening experience that will surely entertain and impress. Bass is very deep and nicely defined, with occasional intensity that will test the mettle of your system. Low-frequency extension is extremely deep, to sub-25 Hz frequencies. The orchestral score has a pervasive, expansive presence that is well recorded and integrated into the sound mix. The dialogue production is clear and intelligible and nicely integrated spatially. The Immersive Sound element includes, as with the previous soundtracks in the trilogy, a strong music presence, and other atmospherics and sound effects such as voices, a prison alarm, door blast, pans hitting head, alien bite, falling door slam, MiB headquarters announcer, shouting voice (Will Smith), wind, screams from an amusement ride, machine whirling sound, man's voice "no, no, no," explosion, lightning, personal flight rockets and rocket firing to the moon. As noted, the extended overhead music is powerful throughout. And object-based sound effects are well produced as overhead elements, for an effective Immersive Sound experience. As with the previous films in this trilogy, this is an impressive film soundtrack, with a loud, energetic presence that delivers an appropriately dynamic, action-paced listening experience. (Gary Reber)