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Inferno (2016/Sony 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray w/Blu-ray)

Picture: A-/B+ Sound: A-/B+ Extras: B Film: B

Tom Hanks and Felicity Jones star in Ron Howard's Inferno (2016), which is the third film in the Da Vinci Code series that started in 2006, now a trilogy. Again featuring Hanks as Professor Robert Langdon and based on the book by Dan Brown, Inferno is sharply made with great direction by Howard and strong performances from not only the leads but co-stars Irrfan Khan, Omar Sy, Ana Ularu, and Ben Foster. However high profile, the film was panned by critics upon its theatrical release with many feeling the plot was a bit too convoluted and frantic to keep up with. Though I found it to be the best of the three Langdon films with a frighteningly realistic threat and it still did well overseas as it is likely to do on home video, as fans will catch up with it then.

Struck with a nasty head wound and temporary amnesia, Professor Robert Langdon (Hanks) is haunted by dark visions of Hell on Earth and the Apocalypse. Pursued by many that want him dead, Langdon is soon on the run with Dr. Sienna Brooks (Jones) as they uncover a plot to wipe out mankind with a deadly plague that has a dark connection to Dante's Inferno.

Felicity Jones (Star Wars: Rogue One) is great in the film as she takes over the role of 'Langdon's attractive nerdy brunette female side-kick' from Ayelet Zurer in Angels and Demons and Audrey Tautou from Da Vinci Code. Unlike those characters though, Jones' character of Sienna is a layered and troubled character who is a key element of Inferno's big twist midway through the second act. Speaking of that twist, it's a little silly and half predictable but adds to the zany premise of the film's threat.

The 4K Ultra HD disc features a stunning 4K transfer (2160p with HDR (high dynamic range 10-bit color) and a 1.85:1 widescreen aspect ratio that has vibrant colors and impeccable detail that shows the potential of both the Arri Alexa XT and the Red Epic Dragon - both of which lensed the film. Specifically in the wide arial shots showing the locations in Italy, you can really see the stunning clarity of 4K.

The audio is also top of the line with both a Dolby Atmos 11.1 track ( Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit) core) that bring out Hans Zimmer's action packed score and the vast array of explosions and hyper-real sound effects that comprise the film.

The Blu-ray disc is also included that showcases the film in 1080p high definition the same audio tracks that isn't as impressive as 4K, but still up to standard. The film is quite colorful with darker night scenes and a unique cinematic look at the foreign territories where the film takes place.

A digital UV copy is also included.

Special Features:

Deleted and Extended Scenes

Six Featurettes...

"Ron Howard, A Director's Journal"

"A Look at Langdon"

"The Billionaire Villain: Bertrand Zobrist"

"This Is Sienna Brooks"

"Inferno Around the World"

"Visions of Hell"

Not a classic, but a interesting adventure film full of high stakes action and treasure hunting with a bit of history thrown in for good measure. For more on the previous two films in the trilogy, go to this link and start with our 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray coverage of those films here...


- James Lockhart



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