Featured In Issue 262, July/August

WSR Score4.0
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In "Morbius," the enigmatic antihero Dr. Michael Morbius (Jared Leto) dangerously ill with a rare blood disorder is determined to save others suffering his same fate. Dr. Morbius attempts a deperate gamble. While at first it seems to be a radical success, a darkness inside him is unleased. Will good override evil –– or will Morbius succumb to his mysterious new urges? (Gary Reber)

Special features include outtakes and bloopers (HD 02:35); five featurettes: "Defining The Antihero" (HD )04:43, "From Human To Vampier––Visual Effects" (HD 05:13), "Lights, Camera, Action" (HD 05:26), "The Good, Bad & Ugly––Supporting Cast" (HD 03:30), "Doing The Stunt Work" (HD 04:39) and "Living Vampire From Comics To Screen" (HD ); Nocturnal Easter Eggs: theatrical marketing; upfront previews and a Movies Anywhere digital copy.

The 2.39:1 1080p AVC picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, upconverted to 2160p with greater resolution and luminance, was photographed digitally using the Arri Alexa 65 and Panavision Millennium DXL2 and sourced from a 4K master Digital Intermediate format. While a 4K Ultra/Dolby Atmos edition is available, Warner Bros. did not provide such for review. The color palette is well saturated with a generally natural appearance. Morbius' orange prison suit is a highlight as are the purple tails as he flies through the air. Clarity and sharpness is excellent. Resolution reveals fine facial pores, lines, makeup, prosthetics, hair and beards. Clothing is finely detailed. Lighting effects effectively enhance the dynamics of the contrast levels. There are numerous dark segments with revealing shadow detail. Black levels are deep with good depth. White level balance is good as well. Overall, picture appearance is quite good though some source noise is apparent at times. The 4K Ultra HD should elevate picture quality. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1-channel soundtrack is vey dynamic sounding with power .1 LFE extended to sub-25 Hz during intense action scenes. Surround energy is aggressive and directionalized throughout. Dialogue is intelligible and often with good spatial integration. The orchestral score is strong and dynamic with a wide and deep soundstage that extends aggressively to the surrounds. Atmospherics are realistic sounding along with varied sound effects that enhance the holosonic® listening experience. The .1 LFE subwoofer extension compliments both action sequences and the music. Dialogue is intelligible. While the Dolby Atmos soundtrack is only available on the 4K Ultra HD edition, playing the DTS soundtrack in Auro-3D AuroMatic delivers a dramatically enveloping Immersive Sound experience that elevates the otherwise excellent soundtrack to a heighten level. (Gary Reber)