R.I.P.D. 3D (Rest In Peace Department)

Featured In Issue 181, November 2013

3D Picture4.5
WSR Score3.5
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Veteran sheriff Roy Pulsifer (Bridges), who has spent his career with legendary police force R.I.P.D. tracking monstrous souls disguised among the living as ordinary people, is none-to-happy to be assigned former rising-star detective Nick Walker (Reynolds) as his partner. However, upon uncovering a plot that could end life as we know it, the new duo have to turn grudging respect into top-notch teamwork to restore the cosmic balance...or watch the tunnel to the afterlife spill angry souls. Based on The Dark Horse comic created by Peter M. Lenkov. (Gary Reber)

Special features include two alternate openings (3D 10:05); five featurettes: R.I.P.D. Motion Comics (HD 06:08), Nick's New Avatars (HD 01:00), Filing The Other Side (HD 06:29), Walking Among Us: Deados & Avatars (HD 07:25), and Anatomy Of A Shootout (HD 07:59); four deleted/alternate scenes (HD 07:15); a gag reel (HD 03:47); and Transferring R.I.P.D.-—The Making Of (HD 08:18); and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.35:1 1080p MVC 3D picture was photographed digitally with the Arri Alexa camera system and converted to 3D by Stereo D. The conversion is technically proficient throughout. Depth and dimension are convincing, but there is a murkiness to the imagery. Still, the occasional jutting out of hand cannons and other weapons is effective. Compared to the flatness of the 2D presentation, this is the preferred version because of the enhanced perspective and dimension. Colors are naturally rendered under the stylization with fiery reds and oranges, dark blues and grays, and fleshtones that appear realistic. Contrast is decent with deep, solid blacks and shadow detail that is generally revealing. Resolution exhibits realistic detail and is refined, especially in the depiction of textures. Grain is evident throughout, which conveys a more cinematic effect. Overall, the 3D conversion works to enhance the storytelling with its added depth and dimension. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is dynamically energized with an aggressive holosonic® soundfield presence propelled by an active orchestral music score. The music is spatially dynamic and extends to the surrounds. Atmospherics and sound effects are engaging and dimensional, with directionalized, enveloping action-oriented impact. The .1 LFE channel is activity engaged throughout with aggressive deep bass energy at sub-25 Hz frequencies. Every explosion, implosion, shotgun, and hand-cannon blast is punctuated. The surrounds are constantly active with directionalized effects and pans, for an engaging holosonic effect. Dialogue is intelligible, even Bridges' thick drawl, and generally integrated within the context of the scenes. This is an action, energized sonic experience with aggressive dimensionality and lots of spirit. (Gary Reber)