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Battle: Los Angeles Blu-ray

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Mastered in 4K / Blu-ray + UltraViolet Sony Pictures | 2011 | 116 min | Rated PG-13 | May 14, 2013

Battle: Los Angeles (Blu-ray)
Large:


Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
French: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles
English, English SDH, French, Spanish

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)
UV digital copy
Digital copy

Packaging
Slipcover in original pressing

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Video 4.8 of 54.8
Audio 4.5 of 54.5
Extras 0.0 of 50.0
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Movie appeal

 
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Battle: Los Angeles

 (2011)

Battle: Los Angeles Blu-ray delivers truly amazing video and audio in this enjoyable Blu-ray release

A Marine Staff Sergeant who has just had his retirement approved goes back into the line of duty in order to assist a 2nd Lieutenant and his platoon as they fight to reclaim the city of Los Angeles from alien invaders.

For more about Battle: Los Angeles and the Battle: Los Angeles Blu-ray release, see Battle: Los Angeles Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.5 out of 5.

Starring: Aaron Eckhart, Michelle Rodriguez, Bridget Moynahan, Ramón Rodríguez (II), Cory Hardrict, Ne-Yo
Director: Jonathan Liebesman

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Battle: Los Angeles Blu-ray, Video Quality

  5.0 of 5

Sony's commitment to releasing the finest Blu-ray products is evident with every spin of a Sony-branded disc. The consistency of product -- from the latest blockbusters to the most cherished classic titles from years gone by -- is arguably tops in the entire industry, and why shouldn't it be; Sony was a lead Blu-ray design and advocacy outfit, its PlayStation 3 console offered disc playback and instant wide format adoption, and the first wave of titles released back in 2006 bore the Sony label on the spine. Since then, and through a few growing pains and spurts -- a bloody format war, a misstep or two, the transition from Dolby TrueHD to DTS-HD Master Audio -- the studio has emerged as the most trustworthy in the industry when it comes to its Blu-ray product. When it says Sony, chances are extremely high that the movie is going to look (and sound) about as good as the format allows. Now, Sony is recalling the days of its "Superbit" DVD releases with the emergence of "Mastered in 4K" (*) Blu-ray discs. The initial wave consists of a handful of films, all of which have enjoyed previous, and largely very high quality, Blu-ray transfers. The new transfers are sourced from 4K masters but here's where the giant asterisk comes in: they're then downscaled to standard Blu-ray 1080p resolution. That means buyers can enjoy them on their regular old Blu-ray players and their regular old HDTVs -- no fancy new hardware required. The downside is that viewers aren't really seeing the material in 4K; even those who shell out the large sum of cash for a new 4K TV will be treated only to an upscaled presentation, much the same way today's regular old TV/playback 1080p device combos upscale standard definition DVDs.

Watching the "Mastered in 4K" transfer in 1080p does yield some benefits over the standard 1080p Blu-ray releases, even if it's not a true 4K experience. The discs take advantage of a significantly higher bitrate than regular old Blu-ray discs, meaning more muscle to produce the finest picture quality, revealing superior details and showcasing that perfect cinematic, pleasing grain texturing for pictures photographed on film and more accuracy for those photographed in the wholly digital realm. "Mastered in 4K" discs also promise superior color balance and accuracy, reproducing a more faithful-to-the-source palette that will reveal the sort of natural shading and subtle nuance even the best of 1080p Blu-ray cannot match. More, Sony promises enhanced viewing on its own line of 4K TVs thanks to a proprietary upscaling algorithm that's designed to squeeze the most out of the "Mastered in 4K" line of Sony discs, above and beyond what any competitor's display can offer. Makes sense considering some branch of Sony is at work along every step of the process. Unfortunately, one of Sony's shiny new 4K televisions was not available for review purposes, but suffice it to say that either of the launch displays -- the 55" and 65" XBR-labeled sets -- will undoubtedly offer the best consumer viewing picture to date, whether joined with a Sony "Mastered in 4K" disc or a regular old Blu-ray from any studio.

Here's another example of where the "Mastered in 4K" disc looks fabulous but is not by any means the leaps-and-bounds superior to Sony's excellent original Blu-ray release. But it sure is pretty. Really, really pretty. In fact, the vibrancy, stability, attention to exacting detail, and color reproduction are absolutely second to none. The image delivers a positively dazzling array of tactile, nuanced textures. Nylon helmet straps and MOLLE gear, kevlar helmets, T-shirt collars, and all the way down to the wear and dirt on suede combat boots all appear spot-on real. The 4K transfer of the 35mm film element, even downscaled to 1080p, squeezes out every last little subtle textural detail in a movie in which there are plenty in practically every shot. Facial details are equally excellent; every line, pore, and bead of sweat and all the dirt, grime, and blood are not just visible and well defined but just about the pinnacle of cinema realism. All of this is not even to mention how great the war-torn urban environments look. Even through thick smoke, the rubble and overturned and charred cars take on a noticeable amount of accuracy, even at a distance and in the best lighting conditions, for instance when an alien craft is taken down at a gas station or, soon thereafter, during an intense firefight on the freeway. The transfer enjoys a natural sense of depth, as much as can be accomplished in the 2D realm, thanks in large part to the pristine nature of the image and the sharpness that extends all the way back to the furthest background detail. Very light grain remains; it's rarely noticeable but plays a critical part in shaping what is a stellar film-like texture. Colors are equally fantastic. Battle: Los Angeles isn't a movie that delivers the most vibrant and diverse palette to begin with. There are no major splashes of red, blue, or yellow, but what's here dazzles. The tan, brown, dark green, and gray combat uniform pieces look wonderful, particularly early when when they're not torn and covered in dust and grime. An early scene in a flower shop and, later, when the men assemble prior to deployment show off just how nuanced the colors are. The desert camouflage pattern almost literally looks as good as seeing it in real life. Black levels are rock solid strong and flesh tones appear even across a fairly broad spectrum from the palest to the darkest soldier. There are a couple of very minor, very unpronounced instances of banding, the most noticeable being along a wall around the fifteen minute mark. Otherwise, this is what a perfect high definition transfer looks like.

All screenshots have been sourced from the "Mastered in 4K" Blu-ray disc. The first nineteen shots have been selected to match those found in the review of the old release. New screenshots have also been aded for perusal.


Battle: Los Angeles Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  5.0 of 5

Battle: Los Angeles features a dynamic multichannel lossless sound presentation that practically transports listeners into an urban war zone, the same, it seems, as appears on the previous release. The movie begins with a loud and tight push at the low end; this one means business for sure, and things only get better as the movie progresses. The opening is followed by a string of various news reports of the pending attack stretching out across the front of the soundstage to a point that the sounds effectively eliminate the speakers and create a seemingly seamless and limitless sound field. Dialogue, both in calmer scenes and in the heat of battle alike, is perfectly centered in the middle front speaker and is of the utmost in clarity and precision. Minor ambience spills into the back channels during quieter moments, and music is crystal-clear, whether instrumental score or the beats of 2Pac's California Love. Of course, none of that is the featured attraction. Battle: Los Angeles thrives on the sounds of combat. Weapons fire is potent and clarity is excellent, to the point that astute listeners can by the end of the film identify the different sonic signatures of SAWs, M4s, and alien weapons by sound alone. Shots zip through the soundstage, often following the lines of tracer fire across the screen. There's no shortage of energy, and the low end kicks in with regularity in the process of creating intense explosions that rock the listening area but do so cleanly and accurately; never does the track fall apart into a jumbled mess of indistinct sound effects. Even better, the background is constantly filled with distant weapons fire and explosions, which truly creates a sense of panic and chaos even when the fighting is miles away. Battle: Los Angeles is of reference quality from the top down; did anyone expect less?


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