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Wonder Woman (TheaterByte 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review)

Wonder Woman 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital (Warner) PackshotThe DC Extended Universe films have been occupied by not only male dominated superheroes from their comic books, but also a series of disappointments. Man of Steel, Batman v Superman, and Suicide Squad failed to live up to the hype and left the comic book fans and theatergoers both disappointed and looking for a film from he franchise to rescue it. Wonder Woman’s appearance (Gal Gadot) in Batman vs Superman, was very well received, so the cycle of hype and anticipation began again for the heroine’s first big screen feature-length solo debut to be the one to pull the Extended Universe out from a bottomless pit of failure. Wonder Woman arrived ahead of the Justice League movie, so a lot was riding on it to keep the franchise alive. As a superhero action movie, it delivers far better than its predecessors by sticking to the basics, but also by moving the majority of the story into what is basically a film-long flashback set in the 1910s during World War I and on the mythical island of Themyscira where Diana got her start, The film acts as an origin story for the DC heroine and most of the basic tenants of her story remain the same. Diana grows up on the isolated island inhabited by the immortal women known as Amazons. The daughter of the Amazon queen, Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen), Diana is trained as a warrior by Antiope (Robin Wright). One day Thermyscira’s peace is interrupted when a male pilot, Steve Trevor (Chris Pine, Star Trek movies) from the outside world crash-lands and is quickly followed by a group of German soldiers. Diana saves Steve Trevor and helps her Amazon sisters fight off the Germans. Steve tells Diana and the Amazons of a war engulfing the world, and Diana feels it a duty to follow him back to the ‘world of men’ to help stop it.

The two journey back to World War I Europe where Diana is not just out-of-place because of her centuries of isolation on Themyscira and her ancient warrior princess garb, but also the culture shock of Edwardian era European mores concerning women – she’s a strong woman in a male-dominated world. Unfortunately this also provides much of the weakest material of the film, setting up a cliché romance between Diana and Steve Trevor who seems to be more humoring Diana and her warnings about the god of war Aries and her now seemingly quirky habits than he is honestly supporting her, though he does eventually come around.

The film works it way toward the usual showdown between good versus evil in an epic showdown that acts as the dénouement, and like the first Captain America movie, having this set in the past offers Wonder Woman the opportunity to set itself apart from most superhero movies that are all set in the same pseudo-present/alternate universe that requires much more effort to suspend disbelief. Here we get an interesting look at a heroine trying to use her abilities to end World War I and the thought-provoking discussions all of that entails.

Gal Gadot is wonderfully cast as Wonder Woman a character who in the minds of many is indelibly linked with Lynda Carter and her portrayal of the iconic female comic book character in the 1970s TV series. Gadot is a picture of strength, intelligence and beauty that character has always been associated with. Chris Pine is also perfect as the swashbuckling, heroic American pilot Steve Trevor.

The Video

This film was shot on the Arriflex 235, Arriflex 435, and Panavision Panaflex Millennium XL2 cameras with Panavision Primo Lenses on Super 35 film. Certain scenes were also shot on the Arri Alexa 65 with Panavision Sphero 65 Lenses in 6.5K resolution. A 2K DI was used in post processing and the film was mastered in Dolby Vision. For the 4K Ultra HD, the HEVC 2160p (4K) encodement is up-scaled from the 2K master and mastered in the HDR10 HDR format.

The 4K resolution really brings out the texture of the Super 35 film source, which looks very organic, and videophiles may appreciate that, but some grain haters may dislike the grittier appearance. The film also has a somewhat desaturated look, especially once it moves into the World War I era world, so colors, despite the wider color gamut, don’t exactly ‘pop,’ but that said, the HDR does offer far greater nuance in flames and shadows, and the vivid glow of the golden lasso is one of the standout visual effects of the film. In comparison, the Blu-ray doesn’t ‘pop’ as brightly when  the lasso lights up and the golden color looks less sun-like. The grain, while still present, looks a bit coarser, but not as crisp on the Blu-ray.

The Audio

Warner Bros. brings Wonder Woman to 4K Ultra HD with a rollicking Dolby ATMOS mix that is beautifully balanced, thunderously extended in the low-end range, and makes full use of the overhead channels for both atmospherics and discrete effects. The dialogue is very full and upfront, especially during the climactic showdown between Wonder Woman and Aries.

The Supplements

An excellent slate of on-disc extras is included that provides many behind-the-scenes “making of” featurettes including discussions with the director and more.

  • Blu-ray with feature film and special features
  • Digital HD UltraViolet
  • Epilogue: Etta’s Mission – Etta Candy gets the boys back together for a secret mission that could impact humanity’s future.
  • Crafting the Wonder – Wonder Woman finally comes to life in her first, breathtaking solo film. Explore the journey to create an adventure worthy of DC’s greatest warrior.
  • A Director’s Vision – Join director Patty Jenkins as she takes you on an exclusive journey through Wonder Woman’s most pivotal and exciting moments.
  • Warriors of Wonder Woman – Witness the creation of he Amazon army as the women of Wonder Woman transform emotionally and physically into the world’s most powerful and heroic warriors.
  • The Trinity – Filmmakers and comic book creators explore the legend of Wonder Woman and how she stands shoulder-to-shoulder with Superman and Batman to create the pillars of the DC Universe.
  • The Wonder Behind the Camera – Met the women behind the wonder as they welcome a group of aspiring filmmakers on set for an exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime experience.
  • Finding the Wonder Within – Fee the power of Wonder Woman as award-winning poets and inspiring figures reveal the impact of DC’s greatest heroine.
  • Extended Scenes
  • Alternate Scene: Walk to No Man’s Land
  • Blooper Reel

The Final Assessment

This film helps to resuscitate the DC Extended Cinematic Universe and keep it on life support with the first solo feature film for the iconic female comic book heroine. The production is tight, the casting is spot on, and Gal Gadot wows in the title role. The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc is a solid release, even not as stunning as some other recent releases.

Own Wonder Woman on 4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray September 19, 2017

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PG-13 (for sequences of violence and action, and some suggestive content)Rating Certificate
Atlas Entertainment | Cruel & Unusual Films | DC Entertainment | Dune Entertainment | Tencent Pictures | Wanda Pictures | Warner Home VideoStudios & Distributors
Patty JenkinsDirector
Allan Heinberg (screenplay) | Zack Snyder (story by) | Allan Heinberg (story by) | Jason Fuchs (story by) | William Moulton Marston (Wonder Woman created by)Writer
141 Mins.Run Time
$44.95MSRP
19 Sept. 2017Release Date
2.40:1Aspect Ratio
HEVC (H.265) 2160p (4K) | AVC 1080p (Blu-ray)Video
HDR10HDR Format
4000 NitsMaximum Luminance
0.005 NitsMinimum Luminance
English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Compatible)Primary Audio
English Descriptive Audio | French DD 5.1 | Spanish (Latino) DD 5.1 | Portuguese DD 5.1Secondary Audio
English SDH | French | Spanish (Latino) | PortugueseSubtitles
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HDR Effect (If Applicable)
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Summary
Diana of Themyscira (Gal Gadot), he mythical island inhabited by immortal females known as the Amazons, leaves to help the world of men overcome World War I after American spy Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) crash-lands on the isolated island in this action packed, heartfelt DC Universe film that helps resuscitate DC's Extended Universe big screen presence.
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