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4K Ultra HD + Blu-Ray + Digital  |  Universal  | 2020 |  118 mins |  Rated PG  |  March 23, 2021

Director:  Paul Greengrass

Starring:  Tom Hanks, Neil Sandilands, Michael Angelo Covino, Chukwudi Iwuji

88 %

Video:

Codec: HEVC / H.265
Resolution: Native 4K (2160p)
HDR: HDR10
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio

English: Dolby Atmos
English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
French (Canada): Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1

| Film Synopsis |

Five years after the end of the Civil War, Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd (Tom Hanks), a widower and veteran of three wars, now moves from town to town as a non-fiction storyteller, sharing the news of presidents and queens, glorious feus, devastating catastrophes, and gripping adventures from the far reaches of the globe. In the plains of Texas, he crosses with Johanna (Helena Zengel, System Crasher), a 10-year-old taken by the Kiowa tribe six years earlier and raised as one of their own. Johanna, hostile to a world she’s never experienced, is being returned to her biological aunt and uncle against her will. Kidd agrees to deliver the child where the law says she belongs. As they travel hundreds of miles into the unforgiving wilderness, the two will face tremendous challenges of both human and natural forces as they search for a place either can call home.

| Video |

'NEWS OF THE WORLD' appears on 4K UHD in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1 which makes it look amazing. The images are sharp and clear, allowing for gorgeous scenery to shine. Blacks are solid with fine shadow detail. 

| Audio |

'NEWS OF THE WORLD' arrives on the UHD format with a Dolby Atmos soundtrack. The dialog is given proper priority and never feels overpowered on the front center speaker. The orchestral score is wonderful and perfectly complementary to the storytelling.

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| Special Features |
  • Deleted Scenes 

  • Partners: Tom Hanks & Helena Zengel

  • Western Action

  • Paul Greengrass Makes News of the World 

  • The Kiowa

  • Audio Commentary: Co-Writer/Director Paul Greengrass 

| Overall Reaction |

The picture certainly is very impressive. The disc is not loaded with special features, but enjoyed what was available. Highly recommended.

Summary (out of 5)

Film:  4.0   Video:  4.5    Audio:  4.5    Extras:  3.0    Overall:  4.0