Metalocalpse: Army Of The Doomstar

Featured In Issue 268, July/August

WSR Score2.5
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"Metalocalpse: Army Of The Doomstar" is set after the heroic rescue of Toki Wartooth. DETHKLOK frontman Nathan Explosion finds himself traumatized in a Brutal professional romantic flat-spin all while he is tasked with fulfilling the prophecy and confronting the ultimate songwriting challenge: write the "Song of Salvation" and save the planet. Can Nathan Explosion look beyond his brutally damaged ego to save the band, stope the Metalocalpse, and finally face the ultimate evil, Salacia? (Gary Reber)

Special features include the featurette "Behind The Metal Curtain" (HD 23:49), a poster and a Movies Anywhere digital copy.

The 2.39:1 1080p picture, reviewed on a VIZIO Quantum X P85QX-JI UHD/HDR display, was animated digitally and sourced from a 2K master Digital Intermediate format. The animation exhibits both simple line drawing with sp;od color fill and complexity in production design. The color palette at times a bit desaturated and at other times saturated with colors that pop, especially reds. Flesh tone renderings aim for naturalness. Contrast is good with an overall dark presentation with deep blacks and shadow depth. While levels contrast nicely. Resolution is excellent with sharp lines that define characters and set designs. This is a rather dark visual experience that lacks color palette vibrancy. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1-channel soundtrack is at times dynamic sound. The rock music with heavy organ accompaniment, drives the soundtrack, which otherwise is dialogue focused. ADR dialogue is not always intelligible or spatial integration. At times dialogue is panned within the soundfield. The music occupies and wide and deep soundstage with aggressive surround extension.Sound effects and Foley sound effects support the action. Deep bass provide dynamics during numerous dark sequences and action, as well as part of the rock music. Surround envelopment is aggressive and effectively enhance the sense of soundfield depth and spatial dimension. Fidelity is generally good. Overall, the holosonic® soundtrack requires close attention, especially with respect to the dialogue presentation. (Gary Reber)