The Production: 4.5/5
Tom Hanks was born to play Jefferson Kidd, as his aura of virtue allows him to slide easily into the role. One can almost imagine late era Clint Eastwood playing this role, against type for him, as a man who is caring and compassionate. Newcomer Helena Zengel holds her own with the acclaimed actor in bringing Johanna, aka Cicada, to vibrant life. The wide expanses of scenery in News of the World may not have the same scope as the epic vistas in The Searchers. Without spoiling things, the dual tragic figures of the captain and the girl are both transformed in attempted completion of their quest.
3D Rating: NA
News of the World appears on 4K UHD in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The presentation is not vibrant with color per se, but fine detail is everything that 4K can provide. Blacks are solid with fine shadow detail.
The Dolby Atmos audio is a revelation. The directional audio is exquisite with reverb during a shootout midway through the film. The soundtrack is not flashy in the sense that every scene tests limits, but it is excellent overall in telling the story with dialogue always audible.
Special Features: 3/5
Special features on the UHD disc include all of the following:
Tom Hanks and Helena Zengel carry News of the World with their screen chemistry and the redemption of these 2 tragic characters. The video and audio presentation are sublime on this 4K UHD disc. The disc is not loaded with special features, but what is there is recommended viewing if you enjoyed the feature. News of the World is an intriguing variation on an old story told in a new way.
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