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Total Recall Blu-ray

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Mastered in 4K / Blu-ray + UltraViolet Sony Pictures | 2012 | 118 min | Rated PG-13 | May 14, 2013

Total Recall (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: Dolby TrueHD 5.1
French: Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles
English, English SDH, French, Spanish

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Video 5.0 of 55.0
Audio 4.9 of 54.9
Extras 0.0 of 50.0
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Sci-Fi58%
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Thriller50%
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Total Recall

 (2012)

Total Recall Blu-ray delivers truly amazing video and audio in this enjoyable Blu-ray release

A factory worker, Douglas Quaid, begins to suspect that he is a spy after visiting Rekall - a company that provides its clients with implanted fake memories of a life they would like to have led - goes wrong and he finds himself on the run.

For more about Total Recall and the Total Recall Blu-ray release, see Total Recall Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 3.0 out of 5.

Starring: Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale, Jessica Biel, Bryan Cranston, Bokeem Woodbine, Bill Nighy
Director: Len Wiseman (I)

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Total Recall 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.

How to improve on an already stellar presentation? Sony's "Mastered in 4K" Blu-ray release of 2012's Total Recall remake does just that. What was a reference quality transfer manages to improve by a fair amount with the added resolution of the 4K master, even after it's been reformatted to 1080p. It's obviously not a significant leap, but the image takes on a noticeably tighter appearance. Even as a rather dark film -- it's awash in shades of brown, gray, and blue with heavy black backdrops -- the color palette looks a little more natural, steadier in the darker scenes and more vibrant where applicable, notably as seen on some of the neon signage around the usually rainy or otherwise dreary and unwelcoming city shots. Details appear slightly better defined, again not by a significant margin but there's clearly a sharper, more robust presence to much of the image. It's certainly not evident in every single shot, but choice comparisons do reveal a more well-defined picture in many places. Black levels are very strong and very deep, but not to the detriment of nearby details. Flesh tones appear true to the surrounding conditions. Technically, the picture appears flawless, lacking noise, blocking, banding, or other eyesores. Total Recall shows that even relatively brand-new films with already incredible "standard" Blu-ray transfers can improve with the "Mastered in 4K" process, whether on dedicated 4K screens or displayed on any old 1080p television.

Note that some comparative screenshots from the previous review were sourced from footage not included in this release and have thus been replaced.


Total Recall Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  5.0 of 5

As expected, Sony's Blu-ray release of Total Recall delivers a dynamic surround sound experience that effortlessly pulls the listener into the film's haunting, dark future world environment. The track makes easy use of the entire stage, delivering a full, aggressive, and nuanced sound presentation that's as sonically dramatic and polished as most any out there. Sound elements -- from music to heavy sound effects, gunfire to light ambience -- are worked into the track with precision engineering, getting placement, balance, volume, and clarity all exactly right. Shootouts are handled beautifully; gunfire erupts from all corners and plays heavily but with fine clarity and attention to detail the whole way through, from trigger pull to bullet impact. The general din of a bustling future city plays convincingly in every shot, creating a very much lived-in world defined by subtle sound effects and strong, positive, balanced bass when necessary. From the din of The Fall's a busy transport hub to rain-soaked exteriors, the track paints of vivid sonic picture of all of its unique environments. Music is naturally smooth and spacious, very clear throughout the entire range and perfectly balanced from speaker to speaker. Dialogue plays firmly and naturally, hovering above surrounding din during busier scenes and always focused and clear as it streams through the center channel. In short, this is a dynamic, exciting sound presentation that does everything as well as can be expected. The movie benefits a great deal from its expert soundtrack, and it has been reproduced onto Blu-ray with great care.


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