The Lost City 4K Ultra HD

Featured In Issue 262, July/August

WSR Score4
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Paramount Home Entertainment
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In "The Lost City," Loretta Sage's (Sandra Bullock) novels are filed with ancient tombs and daring adventures, but that doesn't mean she's prepared for them in real life. When she is kidnapped by an eccentric billionaire (Daniel Radcliffe) to locate a legendary lost cit, Loretta's handsome cover model, Alan (Channing Tatum), sets off on a heroic but hapless rescue mission, Thrust into an epic thrill-ride through the jungle, the unlikely pair must work together to survive the elements, and survive each other, to find the city's fabled treasure before it's lost forever. (Gary Reber)

Special features include eight deleted scenes (HD 08:52); bloopers (HD 05:33); seven featurettes: "Dynamic Duo" (HD 04:42), "Location Profile" (HD 07:09), "Jungle Rescue" (HD 06:25), "The Jumpsuit" (HD 03:41), "Charcuterie" (HD 03:32), "The Villains Of The Lost City" (HD 05:29) and "Building The Lost City" (HD 07:23); and a 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 digitally in anamorphic /i Scope using the Arri Alexa Mini and Arri Alexa SXT camera systems and sourced from a 4K master Digital Intermediate format. Color fidelity is excellent with strong hue saturation.with nuances. Colors pop at times and exhibit excellent depth. Loretta's sequin sparkly purple jump suit contrasts with the various environments and production designs. The jungle greens appear natural as do the white levels in the various water falls. HDR contrast is good with natural black levels, revealing shadows and natural white levels. Resolution s excellent with fine detail, sharpness and clarity exhibited throughout. Facial features are clear and detailed, and appear natural. Clothes are nicely detailed. Environments are sharply defined. This is a stunning visual experience that exhibits superb clarity and color fidelity. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1-channel soundtrack delivers an excellent ear-level holosonic® experience. A main element is the orchestral.choral score which delivers excellent clarity and instrument capture. The image occupies a wide and deep soundstage that extends aggressively to the four surrounds. Dialogue is intelligible throughout and while often ADR produced feels that it works well as an integrated element. Atmospherics sound natural such as the jungle ambience's sense of envelopment. Sound effects such as explosions and vehicles and motorbikes deliver the sounds of action. Surrounds are aggressive to enhance the sense of dimensionality during action sequences and exotic locations, as well as the music. Deep bass at sub-25 Hz is occasional and in particular in a cave scene involving a volcano eruption. Fidelity is excellent throughout.

The Immersive Sound element is disappointing as there are only two or three instances of active height layer injections. One is a scene in the jungle with a water fall. Another is during the volcano eruption occurrence. So much more could have been achieved with the material the filmmakers had to work with.

This is a well crafted ear-level soundtrack that delivers excellent fidelity, presence, and dimensionality. (Gary Reber)