Escape From L.A. 4K Ultra HD

Featured In Issue 259, January/February 2022

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"Escape From L.A." is the follow p to the fan favor "Escape From New York." Kurt Russell returns as anti-hero Snake Plissken, who is called upon to save the world from a doomsday device after a 9.6 earthquake levels most of Los Angeles. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the theatrical trailer and a Movies Anywhere digital code.

The 2.39:1 2160p HEVC/H.265 Ultra HD Dolby Vision/HDR10 picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, was photographed on Eastman Kodak film stock in anamorphic Panavision® using the Panavision Panaflex Gold II camera system and sourced from a 4K master Digital Intermediate format. Picture quality is superb with a wonderful saturated color palette that exhibits warm and rich hues. The Imagery throughout is warmly rendered. The wide color gamut is nuanced throughout. Flesh tones are naturally rendered. HDR contrast is excellent. The imagery is rather complex with all manner of elaborate set pieces that reveal dynamic hue levels. Black levels are deep with revealing shadow delineation, White levels appear natural. Resolution is excellent with superb sharpness and clarity, Fine detail is exhibited throughout in facial features, hair, beards, clothing and weapon paraphernalia. This is a wonderful visual experience that will thrill fans of the invincible Snake Plissken. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1-channel soundtrack is exceptionally dynamic with powerful deep bass extension to sub-25 Hz frequencies. The bass effectively enforces a barrage of sound effects, gunfire, and explosions. Shirley Walker and John Carpenter's music is intense and loud, with wide and deep soundstage extension and aggressive envelopment of the entire soundfield. The music also benefits from energized bass. Atmospherics are creative and enhance the realism of a devastated L.A. Dialogue is remarkably well integrated spatially given the complex set designs and environments. This is a tremendously aggressive holosonic® surround experience. The soundtrack is exciting and well crafted soundtrack, and is adrenaline inducing. (Gary Reber)