Shooter appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this 4K UHD Disc. Expect a strong presentation from this Dolby Vision release.
Sharpness worked well. A few shots showed a smidgen of softness left over from the source photography, but the vast majority of the movie felt accurate and tight.
No issues with jagged edges or moiré effects occurred. I saw no edge haloes or print flaws.
Like most other modern action flicks, Shooter relied on a sense of orange and teal, though the tones didn’t seem over the top. The disc rendered them well, and the transfer’s UHD gave the hues added oomph and impact,
Blacks were deep and dense, while low-light shots offered good clarity and delineation. HDR brought nice range and power to whites and contrast. This turned into a wholly satisfying image.
I also felt pleased with the DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack of Shooter, as the movie’s many action sequences allowed the soundfield to shine. From the opening battle in Ethiopia to car chases and other gunfire scenes, the mix opened up well to use all five channels to very positive effect. Elements engulfed us naturally, blended smoothly, and moved well.
Audio quality was quite strong. Speech always remained crisp and distinctive, and I noticed no edginess or other issues.
Music appeared lively and robust, while effects followed suit. Those elements seemed clear, accurate and dynamic.
Bass response was deep and rich. Overall, this mix added a lot to the movie.
How did the 4K UHD compare to the Blu-ray version? An early release, the Blu-ray included only lossy audio, so the 4K’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 mix added some range and clarity to the sound.
As for the visuals, that 2007 Blu-ray looked okay but showed its age, so the Dolby Vision 4K offered an immense upgrade. This disc boasted major improvements in accuracy, colors, brightness and blacks. The 4K destroyed the mediocre Blu-ray.
The 4K repeats most of the Blu-ray’s extras, and we open with a featurette called Survival of the Fittest: The Making of Shooter that lasts 21 minutes, 50 seconds. It brings notes from director Antoine Fuqua, author Stephen Hunter, producer Lorenzo Di Bonaventura, screenwriter Jonathan Lemkin, military technical advisor Patrick Garrity, and actors Mark Wahlberg, Michael Pena, and Kate Mara.
The show looks at the original novel and its adaptation, what drew Fuqua and others into the project, sniper training and military elements, action scenes, locations, and the movie’s tone.
“Survival” doesn’t do a lot to elevate itself above the “electronic press kit” level. Nonetheless, it includes enough information to succeed. The best parts come from the notes about military pieces in the film; these add good background. Overall, this is a decent featurette.
Next comes a featurette entitled Independence Hall. This seven-minute, 19-second piece includes remarks from Garrity, producer Ric Kidney, park rangers Don Stanko, Lawrence McClenny, Holly Johnson and Cherie A. Butler, and park superintendent Dennis R. Reidenbach.
“Hall” includes notes about the Philadelphia location, with an emphasis on historical facts. That makes it a tight little encapsulation of those areas.
Seven Deleted Scenes fill a total of 11 minutes, 50 seconds. We find “Nick Memphis Intro at FBI” (2:36), “Timmons in the Alley” (1:12), “Sarah and Swagger Discuss Conspiracy” (1:27), “Extended Shopping Scene” (2:48), “Swagger and Memphis At the River” (0:48), “Swagger and Memphis Driving After Farmhouse” (1:16) and “Swagger and Memphis in Hotel Room” (1:43).
Some of the scenes offer information handled more efficiently in the final cut. “Intro” is fun but not necessary to tell us that Nick’s the new guy, and “Timmons” and “Conspiracy” work better in the flick’s quick recaps.
The three “Swagger and Memphis” clips come across as a little preachy; they get into political thoughts and make matters too explicit. I will admit I think “Shopping” should have ended up in the movie, though. It adds some much needed humor to the Swagger character and shows us how he and Memphis amassed their arsenal for the climax.
The disc ends with the film’s trailer. In a perplexing move, the 4K drops Fuqua’s audio commentary.
Mark Wahlberg shows uncommon signs of life as an actor in Shooter, an intriguing and gritty action flick. Imbued with a sense of Seventies paranoia along with its violence, the movie turns into a stimulating affair. The 4K UHD presents excellent picture and audio along with a mixed roster of bonus materials. I feel disappointed the disc loses a pre-existing commentary, but it does present the movie itself in strongest possible form.
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