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04-14-2017, 08:57 AM #1
Hidden Figures (UHD Blu-ray) review
Hidden Figures is the incredible untold story of Katherine G. Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle MonŠe)-brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation's confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.
WowÖwhat a great movie. As someone who has followed the space program for most of my life, Iím ashamed that I didnít know about these fabulous women who were behind the scenes assisting our astronauts on their missions. To see the obstacles they faced and overcome is truly inspirational and shows how perseverance definitely pays off in the end.
The acting is phenomenal and to see that Taraji P. Henson didnít get an Oscar nomination is frankly, criminal. She was fantastic. Furthermore, her costars were just as impressive, especially Octavia Spencer, who at least received an Oscar nomination. Furthermore, this is another film that I thought was loads better than eventual Oscar winner, Moonlight, which is much too depressing and has zero replay ability for me personally versus this, which Iíll definitely watch again in the future.
The A/V presentation is good, although I found the video encode to be a tad soft on occasion. The movie was shot on film and finished in 2K, then upscaled to 4K for the UHD and it does look a bit sharper, but overall it isnít reference-quality. Both the Blu-ray and UHD have the same excellent DTS-HD MA 7.1 soundtrack that has copious amount of LFE when the rockets blast off into space and a catchy score.
Video 8/10 (HEVC)
Audio 9/10 (DTS-HD MA 7.1)
Video 4/5 (AVC)
Audio 4.5/5 (DTS-HD MA 7.1)
∑ It All Adds Up Ė The Making of Hidden Figures
∑ Deleted Scenes
∑ Hidden Figures: Filming in Georgia
∑ Audio Commentary
∑ Theatrical Trailer
∑ UHD, Blu-ray, + UV Digital Copy
This is an excellent film that I enjoyed thoroughly due to the likable characters, historical story, and the inspirational journey these three ladies led in their lives. Definitely a must see. Highly recommended.David Vaughn
Technical Writer/Blu-ray Reviewer
Sound and Vision Magazine
04-16-2017, 09:32 AM #2
Agreed on all counts Dave! Love this film when I saw it in the theater, and perhaps a bit more upon the second viewing, while reviewing at home. Great review..Regards,
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