Weird: The Al Yankovic Story 4K Ultra HD

Featured In Issue Issue 270, November/December

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The "Weird: The Al Yankovic Story" is the uproarious meta parody of the life and career of one of the most unique and esteemed musicians of our time. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary with Al Yankovic and Director Eric Appel, a making-of featurette (HD 03:57), deleted/extended scenes hosted by Al Yankovic and Eric Appel (HD 23:39), trailers and promos, press interviews with cast and crew the lyric video for "Now You Know" (HD 05:21), trailers and upfront previews.

The 2.39:1 2160p HEVC/H.265 4K Ultra HD Dolby Vision/HDR10 picture, reviewed on a VIZIO Quantum X P85QX-JI UHD/HDR display, was photographed digitally in anamorphic Hswk Scope using the Sony CineAlta Venice Rialto and Sony CineAlta Venice camera systems and sourced from a 4K Digital Intermediate. The picture is nicely saturated with rich colors and natural primaries, The wide color gamut exhibits nuances in shadings. Flesh tones are perfectly natural. HDR contrast is well balanced with natural black levels, revealing shadow delineation and brilliant white levels that appear natural in intensity. Resolution is superb with fine details exhibited throughout. Facial features are finely resolved. Clothing fabrics are realistic as well object textures, This is a really satisfying picture with comedic touches. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1-channel soundtrack is credited as a 7.1-channel, not 9.1-channel soundtrack. The sound is dynamic with an enveloping soundfield supported with realistic atmospherics, sound effects and an orchestral score that envelops the soundfield with a wide and deep soundstage and an aggressive surround extension. Dialogue is intelligible with generally good spatial integration.

The Immersive Sound element is comprised of sporadic extension of sounds to the height layer such as suspressed music and audience reaction at a new talent club. thunder, gong, restaurant ambiance, music/audience at concert, diner music, gunfire and factory ambiance, but all are extremely brief and far more could have been accomplished to enhance dimensionality.

This is a very fun ear-level holosonic® soundtrack that will thrill Al Yankovic fans. (Gary Reber)