Featured In Issue 268, July/August

WSR Score4.5
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"Kandahar" is a cat-and-mouse thriller. Tom Harris (Gerard Butler), an undercover CIA operative, is stuck deep in hostile territory in Afghanistan. After his mission is exposed, he must fight his way out to an extraction point in Kandahar. all while protecting his Afghan translator, avoiding elite enemy forces and relentless foreign spies tasked with hunting them down. (Gary Reber)

There are no special features.

The 2.39:1 1080p 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 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The imagery is extremely earthy warm within the depicted dusty Afghanistan desert setting, The urban structures are stone and stucco and warm in color. Colors are natural throughout, Flesh tones are natural and tanned. Contrast is excellent with the urban and desert setting. Shadow delineation is reveaing. Black levels appear natural as well as white levels. Resolution appears to be well defined in all settings. Facial features such as pores, lines, hair, beards. sweat and blood are defined well, especially during closeups. Object and structural textures are well defined. This is a realistic picture setting that enriches the excitement. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1-channel soundtrack is excitingly dynamic with lots of atmospherics and sound effects that enhance the action. There is lots of gunfire and explosions that are enhanced with deep bass transients. Frontal dimension is excellent with good stereo imaging. Surround energy is aggressive, especially the extremely active and low-frequency enhanced orchestral score that envelops the soundfield. Dialogue is intelligible but ADR is used extensively. This is a very exciting action holosonic® soundtrack that is compelling. (Gary Reber)