Evil Dead Rise 4K Ultra HD

Featured In Issue 268, July/August

WSR Score5
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Strong bloody horror violence and gore, and some language
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In "Evil Dead Rise," the action moves out of the woods and into the city, and tells a twisted tale of two estranged sisters (Lily Sullivan and Alyssa Sutherland), whose reunion is cut short by the rise of flesh possessing demons, thrusting them into a primal battle for survival as they face the most nightmarish version of family imaginable. (Gary Reber)

Special feature include a Movies Anywhere digital copy.

The 2.39:1 2160p HEVC/H.265 4K Ultra HD HDR10 picture, reviewed on a VIZIO Quantum X P85QX-JI UHD/HDR display, was photographed digitally in anamorphic Panavision® using the Arri Alexa Mini LF camera system and sourced from a 4K Digital Intermediate. This is a horror movie with an incredible production design that delivers a visual nightmare. The movie is set in a condemned apartment building that suffers from a intense earthquake, which results in the power outage. Thus, the story unfolds in a dark shadowy environment with key lighting effects that effectively provide just enough light to reveal shadow detail allowing for character and objet illumination. The color palette is perfectly natural with realistic hues and nuanced shadings. Flesh tones are natural in appearance, except for Beth's and others demon-possessed disfigurement and the intense depiction of blood. distorted features due to demonic possession. HDR contrast is excellent given the lighting restraints with deep black levels and superb shadow delineation. White levels are reflected in the key lighting with effective illumination. Resolution is excellent as well with fine detail exhibited throughout. Facial features are horrifically detailed. Clothing and objects are realistically detailed. The imagery is a strongly frightening and not for the weak. The scars are virtually a constant Optimal viewing requires watching in a no-light treated home theatre and in the dark. Reference quality for the horror genre. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1-channel soundtrack is exceptionally dynamic with a fully active aggressive soundfield. Atmospherics and sound effects are horrifically intense and supported with deep and powerful sub-25 Hz bass. The frights are supported with intense transient responses. Foley sound effects are perfectly in sync with picture and realistic, Surround energy is intensely aggressive and discretely directionalized. Steven McKeon's orchestral/choral score is dynamic with a very wide and deep soundstage that extends to engulf the entire soundfield. Dialogue is intelligible throughout and chilling while achieving good spatial integration.

The Immersive Sound element is directionalized and comprised of an extension of he orchestral/choral score, some low level and loud dialogue, screams and growls, numerous atmospherics and intense loud sound effects, including earthquake sonics, scrambling bugs, electrical sparks, crashing sounds, door poundings and much, much more. This is a superior height layer that has been well crafted. Other filmmakers should take note.

This is one of the most intense an energized horror holosonic® spherical surround soundtracks that one can experience. The sonics will provide an intense workout for every home theatre enthusiast's system. (Gary Reber)