47 Ronin 3D

Featured In Issue 186, April/May 2014

3D Picture4.5
WSR Score4
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Universal Studios Home Entertainment
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Intense sequences of violence and action, some disturbing images, and thematic elements
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Carl Rinsch
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47 Ronin is based on an epic story of inspiring courage in the early 18th century. After a treacherous warlord kills their master and banishes their kind, 47 leaderless samurai vow to seek vengeance and reclaim their honor. This small group of warriors, or Ronin, are on a quest to avenge the death of their master. Battling across a savage world of mythical beasts, shape-shifting witches, and wondrous terrors, the Ronin must seek help from Kai (Reeves), an enslaved half-breed they once rejected—in their ultimate fight for redemption. (Gary Reber)

Special features include the featurettes Keanu & Kai (HD 04:00), Steel Fury: The Fights Of 47 Ronin (HD 05:54), Myths, Magic & Monsters: The FX Of 47 Ronin (HD 07:35), and Re-Forging The Legend (HD 06:44); four deleted scenes (HD 07:42); upfront previews; BD-Live functionality; and an UltraViolet digital copy.

The 2.39:1 1080p MVC 3D picture was photographed in native 3D. The stereo digital intermediate was produced by Cameron/Pace Group and Stereographer John Harper. The spectacular imagery perfectly presents Director Carl Rinsch's and Cinematographer John Mathieson's natural, though, dusty earthy palette of a time long ago in Japan. The color palette is warm and richly hued, with strong primaries that boldly accent the picture. Contrast is well balanced with deep blacks and revealing shadows that make for a pleasing picture. Fleshtones are perfectly natural throughout. Resolution is effectively detailed, with finely resolved textures exhibited in structures, weapons, clothing, and human features. While the overall world presented is dark, the 3D native capture provides a naturally, non exaggerated, sense of spatial dimensionality and depth that enhances the realism, compared to the flat 2D presentation. Established shots of backgrounds and scene settings enhance the sense of perspective and relationships to the samurai characters. This is a technically sound 3D presentation that subtly enhances the spatial dimensionality of the storytelling. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack is dynamic sounding with bold, deep sub-25 Hz .1 LFE energy that enhances the intense samurai war action scenes. The soundfield is actively engaged throughout, with an aggressive surround presence that defines epic soundscapes. Flying arrows are directionalized. Yet nuanced sounds are realistically presented, which enhances the sense of realism and presence. The orchestral music score, punctuated by Japanese Taiko percussion instruments, is expansive with a wide and deep soundstage that extends to envelop the surrounds. The intricate soundscapes are wonderfully defined sonically throughout. The surround hemisphere creates fully immersive spatially. While the holosonic® sonics are dynamic sounding, dialogue remains clear, intelligible, and nicely integrated spatially. This is an exciting and sensitive sonic experience that perfectly supports both the nuanced quiet moments and the gripping action scenes. Reference quality throughout. (Gary Reber)