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'V for Vendetta' (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital)
(Natalie Portman, Hugo Weaving, Stephen Rea, John Hurt, Stephen Fry, et al / 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital / R / (2005) 2020 / Warner Bros.)

Overview: Set against the futuristic landscape of totalitarian Britain, 'V For Vendetta' tells the story of a mild-mannered young woman named Evey (Natalie Portman) who is rescued from a life-and-death situation by a masked man (Hugo Weaving) known only as "V."

Incomparably charismatic and ferociously skilled in the art of combat and deception, V ignites a revolution when he urges his fellow citizens to rise up against tyranny and oppression.

As Evey uncovers the truth about V's mysterious background, she also discovers the truth about herself - and emerges as his unlikely ally in the culmination of his plan to bring freedom and justice back to a society fraught with cruelty and corruption.

Blu-ray Verdict: Warner Brothers Home Entertainment is expanding their 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray catalog offerings this month with the release of the simply brilliant 'V For Vendetta' via an expansive 4K Ultra HD video format this November 3rd, 2020.

For my money, this 'V For Vendetta: 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital' combo pack's sharpness takes a fairly large step forward from others in their 4K Ultra HD catalog and even comes with HDR (High Dynamic Range) for the complete 4K Ultra HD experience, of course.

So, what we have is 'V For Vendetta' presented to us as a two-disc combo pack with a sheet for a Digital HD Copy. Other stand out points you should know are: Codec: HEVC / H.265, Resolution: Native 4K (2160p) HDR: HDR10, Aspect ratio: 2.39:1, and Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1.

Featuring Dolby Vision and HDR10 for brighter, deeper, and way more lifelike colors, as with most all 4K UHD's, everything that we watch features these qualities - but somehow, this film gloriously shines within them all.

Noticeably crisper with the overall clarity receiving an obvious boost here on this release, what's more is that it's enjoyably noticeable.

For as well as some new nuances to the somewhat drab palette courtesy of Dolby Vision we also get to witness sudden bright pops of color; such as the brilliant "My Gift to You" scene, where He trusted her enough to give her the train. He knew they had no future together, but at least he had a chance to demonstrate his love to her, for the first and last time.

Indeed, the picture enjoys the fruits of the added resolution in terms of bringing out the aforementioned extremely fine facial and some of the yellow graded material (most notably ALL the acting of Hugo Weaving in this movie, his face never revealed, yet his characteristics and head movements thoroughly impacted the movie, and his character nonetheless), which is now interestingly different, and more "alive" with this incredible 1080p Blu-ray rendering.

As for the audio, well we have: English: Dolby Atmos, English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit), French: Dolby Digital 5.1, and Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1.

Overall, this is a very strong 4K HDR Blu-ray presentation, and, for the most part, the audio track remains fairly similar to its DTS-HD counterpart; with much of the action occupying the surrounds with outstanding directionality and placement where effects flawlessly pan between the sides and rears.

Phew! OK, so, as for the movie itself, well, this film marked the fantastic return of the Wachowski Brothers. Those who were disappointed with their last two efforts will not be disappointed here for there is no doubt that the Brothers are talented.

Here they make their comeback, but not as filmmakers, but as producers and writers. And to be honest, this film thrills you from beginning to end and you'll be blown away with all the adrenaline-induced excitement chock full within this dramatically intense thriller.

It's a finely complex storyline about "V", a reluctant freedom fighter, a rebel who fights for freedom against the government in London in another time line.

Set against the futuristic landscape of totalitarian Britain, a mild-mannered young woman named Evey is rescued from a life-and-death situation by this mysterious "V."

Incomparably charismatic and ferociously skilled in the art of combat and deception, "V" urges his fellow citizens to rise up against tyranny and oppression.

As Evey uncovers the truth about "V"'s mysterious background, she also discovers the truth about herself - and emerges as his unlikely ally in the culmination of his plot to bring freedom and justice back to a society fraught with cruelty and corruption.

This is, perhaps, the first and fully realized and most successful of all the Moore adaptations. What I liked about this film was the way it balances action and drama. The script is fantastic and the directing is equally worth a mention.

The assistant director on the Matrix movies (James McTeigue) really has some talent and handles the action and drama very well.

As noted, the film is fast-paced and exciting and it is also politically charged and quite controversial at times, but that is the whole point.

It makes you think about the current situation, how well the government is handling the situation of terrorism and such. Ergo, "V" serves as an anti-hero on a quest for freedom where his actions are right, but his methods are wrong.

'V For Vendetta' focuses on the source material of the book, ala more on the characters than on the action. More on the emotions and the drama than on the violence.

Indeed, the film doesn't glorify "V" as a terrorist, but shows that under certain circumstances he was tempted to be what he is. Furthermore, the film has an intriguing atmosphere throughout, never once boring, and features an apocalyptic future that really heightens the tension with stark, dark set designing and stunning cinematography.

The action is striking and the performances in the dramatic moments are totally thrilling, which means that this film is simply terrific from start to finish.

Always hidden behind the creepy mask, Hugo Weaving as "V" really proves he is a versatile actor. His character provokes thoughtful questions in a dystopian future and every emotion of his character is brought out by Weavings subtle, nuanced performance.

Portman, on the other hand, also excels, and here with a convincing accent she is well liked as the heroine of the film. The scenes between Evey and "V" are touching with the rest of the film just as superb in its execution.

In closing, 'V For Vendetta' is a spellbinding adventure, chock full of exciting action, has some superb directing and writing to back it, and comes complete with a very thoughtful message.

Ultra HD showcases 4K resolution with High Dynamic Range (HDR) and a wider color spectrum, offering consumers brighter, deeper, more lifelike colors for a home entertainment viewing experience like never before.

'V For Vendetta' will be available on Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack for $24.99 (expected retail price) and features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the feature film in 4K with HDR and a Blu-ray disc of 'V For Vendetta'.

The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc of 'V For Vendetta' features a Dolby Atmosฎ soundtrack remixed specifically for the home theater environment to place and move audio anywhere in the room, including overhead.

To experience Dolby Atmos at home, a Dolby Atmos enabled AV receiver and additional speakers are required, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar.

Dolby Atmos soundtracks are also fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment.

The 'V For Vendetta' Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack features an Ultra HD Blu-ray disc with the feature film in 4K with HDR and three new special features, a Blu-ray disc with the film in high definition and the previously released special features in high definition, and a Digital version of the movie.

Fans can also own 'V For Vendetta' in 4K Ultra HD via purchase from select digital retailers beginning on November 3rd, 2020.

To experience Dolby Atmos at home, a Dolby Atmos enabled AV receiver and additional speakers are required, or a Dolby Atmos enabled sound bar.

Dolby Atmos soundtracks are also fully backward compatible with traditional audio configurations and legacy home entertainment equipment.

This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.39:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs via 1080p and comes with the Special Features of:

New Special Features on 4K UHD Disc:
• V For Vendetta Unmasked
• Natalie Portman's Never-Before-Seen Audition: Explore the depth of Evey's character with Natalie Portman's
• James McTeigue & Lana Wachowski in Conversation

Previously released Special Features on Blu-ray Disc:
• Freedom! Forever!: Making V For Vendetta – The cast and crew of V For Vendetta reveal the intense filmmaking process
• Designing the Near Future – A look at the artistic process of creating the frightening future world of V
• Remember, Remember: Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot – The history behind the story of Guy Fawkes
• England Prevails: V For Vendetta and the New Wave in Comics – The origins of the original V story is illuminated
• Cat Power Montage – Cat Power song played under images of the film
• Theatrical Trailer
• Easter Egg: Hidden Bonus: Saturday Night Live Digital Short

Official 'V For Vendetta' 4K Trailer

'V For Vendetta: 4K Ultra HD' Blu-ray Amazon Purchase Link

www.WarnerBros.com





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