Colony, The

Featured In Issue 181, November 2013

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The Colony is about mankind's greatest enemy: himself. The movie opens as an endless winter engulfs Earth. Humans struggle to survive in remote underground outposts. When Colony Seven receives a distress call from a nearby settlement, Sam (Zegers) and Briggs (Fishburne) race through the snow n a dangerous rescue mission. What they find at the desolate base could mean mankind's salvation—or its total annihilation. Terrifying discoveries will unfold that will change the rules of survival forever. (Gary Reber)

Special features include an interview with the cast and crew (HD 09:50) and upfront previews.

The 2.35:1 1080p AVC picture was photographed with the Arri Alexa camera in Panavision. There is also a 3D version from a conversion by Vision Globale, Montreal, but was not released in the United States. Sourced from ARRIRAW digital files, the image quality is effectively detailed and pristine throughout. Contrast is excellent, with deep, solid blacks and revealing shadow delineation. The color palette exhibits steely blue hues in the frozen snow-borne exterior scenes. Warmer hues are presented in the interior Colony 7 segments, where a small group of human survivors live. Overall, this is an effective visual experience that depicts a future ice age. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is holosonic® in impact, with immersive atmospherics and sound effects, heightened in impact with explosions supported with .1 LFE deep bass energy. Nuanced sonic qualities are used to define space and distinguish from interior and exterior conditions. Colony 7's cavernous spaces sound reverberant and open, while Colony 5's underground enclosure sounds deader. A collapsing derelict girder ridge by explosion and attacks on Colony 7 provide an aggressive directional surround presence and dimensional soundfield. Gunshots and explosions are never exaggerated and sound realistic. Screams and yells of the attackers are realistic as well, with excellent spatial integration, as with the dialogue. The energetic music score is haunting, with unusual sonics and deep bass support. This is a well-produced sonic experience that is effectively tense. (Gary Reber)