"Edge Of Tomorrow: Live. Die. Repeat" unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world. Major William Cage (Cruse) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicable thrown into a time loop''forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again...and again. But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Blunt). And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy. Based on the novel "All You Need Is Kill" by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. (Gary Reber)
Special features include five featurettes: "Operation Downfall''Adrenaline Cut" (HD 02:42), "Storming The Beach" (HD 08:59), "Weapons Of The Future" (HD 08:25), "Creatures Not Of This World" (HD 05:38) and "On The Edge With Doug Liman" (HD 42:47), seven deleted scenes (HD 07:38) and a Movies Anywhere digital copy.
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 Kodak Vision3 film stock in anamorphic Panivision® and Super 35 using the Arriflex 235, Arriflex 435, Panavision Panaflex Millennium XL2 and Panavision Panaflex Platinum and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. Film gran is virtually absent. The color palette exhibits natural hues with an emphasis on earth tones and dark military combat geared garments. Color are generally subdued, Flesh tones appear generally natural. HDR contrast exhibits limited dynamics but the imagery does not really support a wider spectrum. Black levels are natural and shadows are revealing. Highlights are generally subdued. Resolution is excellent with facial features nicely defined, Other features such as pores and lines are visible, Objects and environmental features are captured realistically. Lighting is generally overcast. Overall, the filmic presentation delivers a sense of the darker elements of the alien war. (Gary Reber)
The Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1-channel soundtrack is very dynamic sounding with aggressive deep bass extensions in the .1 LFE channel. Surround directionality is superb and aggressive with extensive panning of sound effects such as aliens stomping around the soundfield, numerous whizzing sound effects and screeching automobiles and powerful aircraft. Advanced gunfire also pans throughout the soundfield. Atmospherics sound realistic. The orchestral score is well recorded and enveloping with a wide and deep soundstage and surround field. Dialogue is intelligible throughout and generally well integrated spatially.
The Immersive Sound element is comprised of an extension of the orchestral score and sound effects. Sound effects include aircraft and helicopter engines and propellers panned sounds, interior aircraft rumblings, voices, explosions, base PA, swirling dummy aliens, subtle dialogue, rain, gunfire, intense helicopter crash, breaking glass, church bells and lots and lots of robust din effects. This is an extremely effective height layer experience.
This is an extremely active holosonic® spherical surround soundtrack that delivers a heighten level of excitement. and serves as an excellent home theatre reference. (Gary Reber)