Featured In Issue 179, September 2013

WSR Score5
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Lionsgate Home Entertainment
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Violent content, brief strong language and smoking (historical)
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Peter Webber
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In Emperor, General Douglas MacArthur (Jones) is sent to Japan immediately after Emperor Hirohito's World War II surrender in 1945 and suddenly finds himself the de facto ruler of a foreign nation. He challenges his expert of Japanese culture—General Fellers (Fox)—to provide evidence in ten short days to decide if the Japanese Emperor, worshipped as a God by his people but accused of war crimes, be punished or saved? The fate of a nation awaits... Based on the book His Majesty's Salvation by Shiro Okamoto. (Gary Reber)

Special features include commentary by Director Peter Webber and Producer Yoko Narahashi, a making-of featurette (HD 15:03), five deleted scenes (HD 06:42), a photo gallery, upfront previews, and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.35:1 1080p AVC picture is beautifully photographed. The contemporary scenes are slightly muted in hue, but the flashbacks to the burgeoning romance between Fellers and Aya are saturated, for a rich, warm, and vivid image. As such, fleshtones are naturally hued as well. Contrast is excellent with deep, solid blacks and revealing shadow delineation. Resolution is superb, especially during close-ups of facial features, hair, clothing, and object texture. This is a wonderful cinematic experience throughout. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 51-channel soundtrack is effectively dynamic and emotionally moving, with a lush orchestral music score that spans the soundstage, extending to the surrounds. Atmospherics and sound effects, as well as Foley, are effectively rendered to enhance the realism. Deep bass is often energized in the .1 LFE, with a natural presence that is never exaggerated. Surround envelopment is nicely holosonic® during certain segments. Dialogue and narration is consistently intelligible and generally well integrated spatially. This is an excellent sonic experience, with exemplary fidelity and dynamics. (Gary Reber)