Sisu 4K Ultra HD

Featured In Issue 268, July/August

WSR Score5
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Lionsgate Home Entertainment
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Jalmari Helander
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"Sisu" takes place during WWII. A solitary prospector (Jorma Tommila) crosses paths with Nazis in northern Finland. When the Nazis steal his gold, they quickly discover he is no ordinary miner. While there is no direct translation for the Finnish word “sisu,” the legendary ex-commando will embody what it means: a white-knuckled form of courage and unimaginable determination in the face of overwhelming odds. And this one-man death squad will go to outrageous lengths to get his gold back — even if it means killing every last Nazi in his path. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the featurettes "Indestructable: Making Sisu" (HD 24:26) and "Pushing The Boundaries Of Reality: The Visual Effects Of Sisu" (HD 10:49 ) and 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 using the Cooke Anamorphic/i FF and Sony Venice camera systems and sourced from the source 6K resolution and a 4K Digital Intermediate. The imagery is astonishingly gorgeous with a rich and warm color palette that perfectly displays the rugged, near barren terrain that is Finish Lapland. Color capture is incredibly nuanced in hue shading of the grasses and dirt open landscape dotted with beautiful orange wildflowers, The Nazi Mercedes trucks and tank are perfectly realistic with their grayish textures. The underwater lake segment is wonderful. HDR contrast is excellent with natural highlights and dark shady characteristics, Black levels are natural and shadow delineation is superb. Resolution is exceptional with fine detail exhibited throughout in every scene. The visuals exhibit incredible textural depth. Facial detail is exceptional, especially during closeups, with fine lines, scars, skin pores, and beards finely resolved. Clothing displays fine woven textures and object texture is incredibly realistic, This is an incredibly compelling visual experience that is an absolute treat for the eyes. A home theatre delight. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby TrueHD 5.1-channel soundtrack (unfortnaley not Dolby Atmos with a dimensional height layer) is robustly dynamic sounding throughout with wonderful nuanced atmospherics. Large portions of the soundtrack can pass without a lot of dialogue, and the sound design effectively relies on the constant sounds of environmental effects. Sound effects, such as rifle gunfire and machine gunfire, as well as the sound of trucks and a tank on the dirt roar and airplanes flying overhead, are perfectly realistic and dimensional sounding. Also land mine explosions and an bomb from a crashing plane and aftermath explosions are perfectly realistic. Foley sound effects are in perfect sync with picture. Deep bass sounds natural throughout. Surround envelopment is virtually constant and mostly aggressive. Juri Seppä and Tuomas Wäinölä's orchestral/choral score's soundstage is wide and deep with aggressive extension to the surrounds. The music is dynamic and both powerful and nuanced at times. Dialogue, while mostly ADR is well integrated spatially. This is a excitingly realistic sounding holosonic® soundtrack that is reference quality. (Gary Reber)