BiographyDramaReviewsSully 4K

The story of Chesley Sullenberger, an American pilot who became a hero after landing his damaged plane on the Hudson River in order to save the flight's passengers and crew.
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HDR10 | Dolby Vision
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1.90 : 1 (IMAX version) 2.39 : 1
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On Thursday, January 15th, 2009, the world witnessed the "Miracle on the Hudson" when Captain Chesley Sullenberger, nicknamed "Sully", glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard.

Sully (in other words known as Sully: Miracle on the Hudson) is an American Biographical Drama which was released on September 9, 2016 in the USA by Warner Bros. The film was directed by Clint Eastwood, extracting and giving re-birth to certain astonishing events that occurred on January 15, 2009, with issues related to “Cactus 1549” an America West Airlines flight.  Produced by Frank Marshall, Allyn Stewart, Tim Moore and of course Eastwood himself. The story was written by Todd Komarnicki. This Blue Ray release obtained 4.5 out of 5 in terms of the Blu-ray Review which was published by Michael Reuben on December 22, 2016. The budgeted amount for this film was approximately $60 Million.

Matching the standards, Eastwood’s stupendous display of “Sully: Miracle on the Hudson” was definitely praiseworthy and breathtaking.

Movie Review:

Digging deeper, the film portrays the exceptional events which involved the untold story behind the miracle on Hudson. The story mainly talks about how Captain Chesley Sullengerger rescued the lives of over 150 passengers aboard by gliding his wounded aircraft onto the Hudson River after experiencing a disastrous engine failure. This definitely has some dramatic allowance given to such occasions to establish a play that honestly did not take place but attaches additional depth of sensation to an already existing charged feature in terms of the narrative. Eastwood governs from a strong position, putting Tom Hanks in the limelight, reflecting how certain traits and his instincts led him to portray his skills and accuracy which allowed him to make a proper landing of the wounded aircraft with several on board, therefore saving their lives. The film reflected how motivational the story is and why Eastwood has so many followers who like him as a filmmaker. Special credit also goes to those such as the ferry crews, Police Scuba units, Red Cross etc. who made sure that everyone had the chance to flee with their lives, in an immense attempt which took less than 30 minutes and Eastwood made sure the hard-work was rewarded. Sully is a thrilling and captivating play that is an emotional accolade, thanks to the hard-work of Sully and the entire cast that performed in the moment of calamity.

The film’s main cast stars Tom Hanks, Aaron Eckhart, Laura Linney, and everyone else performed exceptionally well in order to make the movie flawless.

Story Line:

Even though the movie emphasized on the incident which took place on January 15, 2009, regarding “Cactus 1549” which was about to crash but mainly focused on who Captain Chesley ‘Sully’ was, what led to his actions and the following inquiry afterward. Adding more to that, the filmmakers question whether the play had more stories added excluding the landing and if they could extract more. To my judgment, initially, I was slightly surprised to why the duration of the movie was short (1 hour 36 minutes). After watching the movie, I realized that they had enough detail to make the story seem realistic. There were certain segments that could have been deleted but involving the given scenes seemed compulsory to lengthen the duration during the later stage. Moreover, the sound design which was designed for the landing of the aircraft seemed pretty realistic but the way its directed with certain editing seemed dull and not impressive.

If Tom Hanks was not given the role, it is hard to judge if the film would hold together or just be better than a cable television channel’s “Movie of the Week.”  With such an impressive performance, Hanks delivered such a fine display which was better than the film deserves and the one standing strong on his ground knowing that the limelight is on him. Judging by his professionalism, it can be stated that Hank has fully lived up to the expectations in every frame. Even though he is not an Oscar-winning candidate, but it was because of him that the movie was worth watching.   

Even though I must admit that I have seen better from Eastwood, but this just felt like he was in complete control. The film wrapped up the dire situations that we got to witness from the viewpoint of a professional who had to respond to a faulty set of affairs, who responded to a given circumstance where each decision whether it was correct or not would decide life or death for the 155 passengers who were aboard. A group effort from everyone’s end helped to bring in an outcome.  As stated above, 1 hour 36 minutes was enough to shape up the entire story which did not even demand epic storytelling. The supporting drama attached more enhancements to the events.

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-Ray

Warner Brothers Home Entertainment did a pretty decent job highlighting 2160pHEVC encoded video and TrueHD 7.1 channel sound that has an average data rate of 6 Mbps. The audiences were not surprised as it looked splendid in Ultra High Definition especially considering the fact that it was extracted from 6.5K source and 4K Digital Intermediate. The usage of HDR allowed seemed evident in terms of the wide-angle shots of the cityscapes, along with the forming of blacks and resolvable information in the backgrounds. The film makes proper use of Sepia, and an overall proper combination of color, that is portrayed in a dedicated manner replicated in Ultra HD.

Picture Quality: (4 out of 5 stars)

Sully: The Miracle of Hudson was directed digitally with the use of Arri Alexa 65 cameras involving a resolution of 6.5K and wrapped it using a 4K DI (Digital Intermediate). This resulted in allowing us to see the entire adjustments with the resolution on Ultra HD Blu-ray disc, in a 2.39:1 aspect ratio which was presented in widescreen. The advantages of a 4K DI are instantly placed in a presentation that is flawless. In terms of the clarity, every single little detail is easily witnessed be it the skin texture, cockpit dials, or even Sully’s ring. Blacks gave a true degree of intensity and preserved plenty of details regarding shadow when needed, alongside the whites which played an excellent part. The color contrast complemented starting from the ferries dyed in blue to the battering scattered drops of red on the uniform. Another reference point is the 1080p Blu-ray image, and it was clearly visible that alongside HDR and WCG, you have an image which shows “Quality.”

Audio Quality: (4.5 out of 5 stars)

The demo quality surround track was used whose dependence on the atmosphere and authenticity was made for an emotional, involving and sometimes dreadful encounter. This mainly involved the aircraft clips such as the takeoffs, movements, cruising, landing which also resulted in additional force and trace when the aircraft fly. The bass is electric but compact, under complete control and authentic. This automatically makes you feel like you are right next to the engine. Dialogue is pretty specific and on point being fully clear-cut and never disappears.  The layers are allocated appropriately and make proper use of the speakers. More to that, during the time of the crash, you are in constant fear. The audio quality is reflected through the dialogues, up front and in the middle, the different instruments which are used and the warning signals, the constant anxiety issues leading to the cries of the attendants. The film involves its sound outline in both a tenuous and an aggressive manner which varies from scene to scene. The film’s countless quiet scenes are portrayed by a careful sound outline that positions the dialogue in the correct situation while engaging the characters in a cautiously assembled audio situation, be it outdoors or even indoors. The clips which were taken in the cockpit and the plane’s cabin were the most intuitive, makes you feel that you are experiencing the entire scene live. Excluding the precise dialogues and the involvement of effects, the low frequencies played a crucial role in as well adding greater effects to particular scenes. sage of overhead speakers helped to give a  more lively sense of the overall play and atmosphere to certain scenes. The Dolby Atmos soundtrack was as crucial as the 4K image on this Ultra HD Blu-ray release. The magisterial sound outline from the start to the end was simply breathtaking.

Special Features: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Sully comes with the Blu-ray edition and an UltraViolet Digital Copy. In terms of the dynamics, even though Sully is a movie which involves a constant exchange of words, but it does bring in a splendid and lively mix to the Atmos track. When encountering everything regarding the cruise and the crash, this will create an intense feeling which would make the environment you are watching in rock and shake and the level of intensity will increase like a rocket. Its boom, filled with action and results in a rush. These sequences involve a lot of official investigations, hotel rooms but they tried doing it to a level which would make it seem real and pretty general. The special features are found on the Blu-ray disc which involves the Flesh Tones, Clarity etc.


Final Verdict:

Warner’s 4K UHD is an excellent package, which is flawless with a shining, crisp filled with details along with following some very lively and meaningful audio in its Atmos track. The 4k presentation with Dolby Atmos soundtrack will give the audience a theatrical feel. Even though the extras are slightly less but special consideration should be given to the making of the entire film. Hence, if you are in search for the next demo disc to add to your 4K display and Dolby Atmos, then “Sully” would fit in the criteria perfectly even though it is generic in terms of its execution. If anyone intends on buying, this will be a solid package and as an additional bonus, it’s a great film.