Set during WWI, "The King’s Man" tells the exhilarating origin story of Kingsman, the world’s very first independent intelligence agency. As a collection of history’s worst tyrants and criminal masterminds gather to plot a war to wipe out millions across the globe, one man and his associates must race against time to stop them. (Gary Reber)
Special features include the documentary "The King's Man: The Great Game Begins" (HD 89:33), the featurettes "No Man's Land: Silent Knife Fight Sequence Breakdown" (HD 15:43) and "Remembrance and Finding Purpose" (HD 26:28), official Red Band 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 digitally in anamorphic Panavision® using the Arri Alexa 65, Arri Alexa Mini LF, Arri Alexa Mini, Arri Alexa SXT, Black Magic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 6K and Blackmagic Design Micro Studio Camera 4K camera systems and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The early 1900's period settings are wonderfully intricate and realistic. The color palette is nicely saturated with warm and rich hues. Hue shadings are nuanced throughout. Flesh tones are absolutely accurate and natural in appearance. HDR contrast is superb with natural white levels, deep blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Lighting effects create wonderful interior settings. Resolution is amazing with the finest detail exhibited throughout whether pertaining to facial features, clothing or object textures. The fine detail can be appreciated in the intricate production deign and in the fabrics of the clothing worn. This remarkable picture quality will be most appreciated on well-calibrated home theatre displays. This is a truly reference quality cinematic picture. (Gary Reber)
The Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1-channel soundtrack is quite dynamic sounding with deep bass transient support of gunfire and artillery explosions and otherwise sub 25-Hz extension that never sounds exaggerated. The orchestral score nicely envelops with a wide and deep soundstage that extends to the four surrounds to fully envelop the soundfield. Atmospherics are satisfyingly realistic to enhance the period. Foley sound effects are precise and realistic. Sound effects are strong and directionalized, extending to the surrounds.The sound of swords and knives scraping each other during an intense fight scene is absolutely realistic. Dialogue and voiceover is intelligible throughout but ADR produced or body miked, which sounds unnaturally forward.
The Immersive Sound element is comprised solely of the extension of the orchestral score. No atmospherics or sound effects whatsoever. This is so disappointing given the excellent quality of the ear-level soundtrack and the endless possibilities for effective height layer dimensional enhancement.
Otherwise this is terrific ear-level holosonic® soundtrack with orchestral extension for spherical surround support. (Gary Reber)