In "Shooter," Bob Lee Swagger (Wahlberg), once the best marksman in the United States Army, now lives in peaceful seclusion after the death of his partner. But tires heard on the dirt road, and a few high-profile government officials, bring him back to reality, seeking his help to stop an assassin determined to terminate the President. Reluctantly, he agrees, yet soon finds himself double-crossed by the government he once protected. Shooter is based on Stephen Hunter's novel Point Of Impact. (Jack Kelley)
Special features include the featurettes "Survival Of The Fittest: The Making Of Shooter" (HD 21:50) and "Independence Hall" (HD07:19), seven deleted scenes (HD 11:50), the theatrical trailer and a Movies Anywhere digital code.
The 2.39:1 1080p HEVC/H.265 Ultra HD Dolby Vision/HDR10 picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, upconverted to 2160p with greater resolution and luminance, was photographed on Kodak Vision film stock in anamorphic Panavision® using the Panavision Panaflex Millennium XL and Panavision Panaflex Platinum camera systems and sourced from a 4K master Digital Intermediate format. The picture has a pleasing natural look, but resolution remain rather soft, except extreme closeups of facial features and weapons. Still picture realism is superb, exhibiting naturalness throughout. Black levels are deep and but shadow delineation can be veiled, which is unfortunate because of the heavy use of shadows. The color palette is limited. Flesh tones are naturally hued. HDR contrast exhibits natural dynamics. the 4K Ultra HD picture is definitely an improvement over the previous HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc and is the new reference for this the Shooter. (Gary Reber)
The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1-channel soundtrack delivers better clarity with intense gunfire and explosions, supported with deep sub-25 Hz bass that is powerful. Dialogue is often ADR and a at times wanting in spatial integration. Dynamic sounding, The orchestral score sounds good, with excellent dynamics and solid bass, and in the more action-packed scenes, the mix is exciting. Overall this is a thunderous soundtrack with a wide and deep soundstage that aggressively extends to the surrounds. (Gary Reber)