Invisible Man, The 4K Ultra HD

Featured In Issue 250, June/July 2020

WSR Score4
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Leigh Whannell
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"The Invisible Man" follows a modern tale of obsession inspired by Universal's classic monster character. Cecilia Kass (Moss) slowly begins to rebuild her life after the death of her abusive ex-boyfriend (Jackson-Cohen). But before long, she begins to question whether or not he is truly gone. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commenary with Writer/Director Leigh Whannell; nine deleted scenes (HD 11:44); four featurettes: "Moss Manifested" (HD 3:54), "Director's Journey With Leigh Whannell" (HD 10:51), "The Players" (HD 05:24) and "Timeless Terror" (HD 03;04); upfront previews and a Movies Anywhere digital code.

The 2.39:1 2160p HEVC/H.265 Ultra HD Dolby Vision/HDR10+/HDR10 picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, was photographed digitally using the Arri Alexa LF and Arri Alexa Mini LFi camera systems and sourced from a 4K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture is effectively stylized and haunting. The production design is varied and realistic in atmospherics. Color fidelity is naturally hued with warmth and richness. The wide color gamut occasionally exhibits intensity contrasts with nuances in shadings. Color depth is excellent. Fleshtones are realistic. HDR contrast is excellent with naturally deep blacks and enhanced level depth, such as displayed in the black suit, revealing shadow delineation and effective highlights and spot lighting that in combination enhances the sense of the unknown and fear. Resolution is excellent with fine detail exhibited throughout, even in extreme low light. The imagery is sharp and clear, especially during closeups, though, throughout digital noise is a visual element. Facial features reveal skin pores, lines, complexions, hair and beards. Clothing and object textures are nicely resolved. WOW! segments are from 1:02:36 to 01:06:50, 01:27:08 to 01:29:46, and 01:30:40 to 01:33:56. This is a very satisfying picture that exhibits excellent color fidelity and superior clarity, which perfectly supports the haunting storytelling. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1-channel soundtrack is dynamic sounding with a powerful and superbly recorded orchestral/synthesizer score that aggressively envelops the soundfield. The synthesizer music extends wide and deep within the soundstage with a powerful deep bass foundation that heightens the intensity of the fear and terror. Atmospherics are superb and realistic. The opening segment delivers a series of ocean waves rushing from the rear to front soundstage, crashing against rocks. A rainstorm is powerful and drenches the soundfield. Intense sound effects such as gunfire, body slams, rumbles and crashes are supported with deep and energized bass enhancement. Dialogue is effectively intelligible and at times dimensional with generally good spatial delineation.

The Immersive Sound element, when active, is nuanced to strong. It starts with powerful waves crashing against a cliff. It then goes silent for a period until the synthesizer music presents itself. Later on in a restaurant scene, pop music is heard. Atmospherics and sound effects pop up here and there to good effect. For example, a loud dog bark is heard in the left back height channel in one segment. In another scene, an intense rainstorm falls from overhead for a long period. Overall, the height layer elements when it appears are nicely effective.

This is a powerful holosonic® spherical surround soundtrack with compelling atmospherics, sound effects, music, and dynamics, with powerful deep bass effects (Gary Reber)