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UHD Review A few words about...™ Anna -- in 4k UHD Blu-ray

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Robert Harris, Sep 15, 2019.

  1. Message #1 of 12 Sep 15, 2019
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    Robert Harris

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    As many of you know, when you're on a project, certain things go by the wayside.

    In my case, it was any recognition of Anna, starring dancer/model-turned-actress Sasha Luss.

    As I was viewing, it became apparent that it had been made by a master craftsman, but I didn't know by whom.

    It's the tale of a young woman of no means, but with a brain, who ends up as a spy for the KGB. The background is slow, and methodical, and takes a leisurely half hour.

    Then, all hell breaks loose.

    Luke Evans, Cillian Murphy, and Helen Mirren lend support.

    I'll give nothing away, except that Lionsgate's new 4k Blu-ray is so highly resolved, we learn something about Ms Luss, that in a format less than 4k we might not have known.

    Color, density, black levels are beautiful, and typical of a Lionsgate release. While I viewed in HDR10, the disc is encoded with Dolby Vision. Audio is Dolby Atmos, and it's full, rich, deep, and occasionally lease-breaking.

    Best to go in knowing as little as possible and just enjoy.

    It's a terrific ride, with enough twists and turns to keep even the game afoot.

    One of the most entertaining new films I've seen in months.

    Almost forgot to mention.

    Director - Luc Besson

    Image – 5 (Dolby Vision)

    Audio – 5 (Dolby Atmos)

    Pass / Fail – Pass

    Highly Recommended

    RAH
     
  2. Robin9

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    I know nothing about this film but you've aroused my interest! I might buy this disc just to learn what I've been missing!
     
  3. Richard V

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    It is very good.
     
  4. David Wilkins

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    Does anyone have an impression about where this fits within Besson's catalogue? I think the only decent work he's done for a long while is 'Lucy' (2014), which is a pretty good action/thriller/sci-fi. But before and after that, the well has been dry for many years. The review by Mr. Harris sounds very encouraging. I want to believe.
     
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    I haven't seen it, but the reviews were mixed to negative and it sounds an awful lot like La Femme Nikita.
     
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    The general consensus was that it was a repeat of Nikita starring his current girlfriend.
    However, Besson is a skilled director and it would be worth a look I think.
     
  7. Robert Harris

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    There is a wonderfully choreographed restaurant sequence that is far more complex than the Marx stateroom. Beautifully done.
     
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    I really disliked this film. It was a complete mess with truly silly scenes. A “Jane Wick” wannabe without the intelligence excitement or thrills of those films.

    Sasha Luss was Purdy tho.

    Ymmv. ;)
     
  9. Robert Crawford

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    Well, I really liked this movie very much. I totally agree with RAH's assessment. A fun movie for me as I try to figure out the twists and turns of it.
     
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    Just watched this exceptionally good film, which is very old fashioned but made with much panache. The 4k image is beautiful and one of the very best I have seen. UHD is much closer to a theatrical experience than blu ray. Superior in every way to Red Sparrow, with which it has been compared.
     
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    Stephen_J_H All Things Film Junkie

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    The thing about Luc Besson is that when he's firing on all cylinders, his work is jaw-droppingly beautiful. When he's not, it can still be curiously watchable in that car-crash sort of way [like Valerian].
     
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    Yeah, I think Besson's films are always worth a watch. I wasn't particularly interested in this, but saw Best Buy had the blu-ray for $14.99 a few weeks ago, so I picked it up. (Have not watched yet.)
     

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