4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + Digital |  Universal  | 2019 |  119 min |  Rated R |  March 24, 2020

Director:   Sam Mendes

Starring:   Dean-Charles Chapman, George MacKay, Mark Strong, Andrew Scott

Video:

Codec: HEVC / H.265
Resolution: Native 4K (2160p)
HDR: Dolby Vision + 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: Dolby Digital Plus 7.1
Spanish: Dolby Digital Plus 7.1

| Film Synopsis |

At the height of the First World War, two young British soldiers, Schofield and Blake, are given a seemingly impossible mission. In a race against time, they must cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack on hundreds of soldiers, with Blake’s own brother among them.

| Video |

1917 comes gloriously to the 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray format as a native 4K title, having been finished with 4K digital intermediate. The video has excellent dimension, smooth rendering and defining clarity. The black levels are a deep black with no loss of details in the shadows.

| Audio |

"1917" hits Ultra HD Blu-ray with a Dolby Atmos and a core 7.1 Dolby TrueHD Master Audio track. From the echoes of the planes flying overhead to the German bunker collapsing, these effects immerse you when it can. Vocals are clear and crisp.

| Special Features |
  • The Weight of the World: Sam Mendes: A look at the scriptwriting process, Mendes' passion for and personal connection to the material, the director's work on set, and more.

  • Allied Forces: The Making of 1917: Crafting the movie in what appear to be two long consecutive shots, shooting on the Arri LF Mini and the various control options for certain camera movements and coverage, logistical challenges, production detail and location hardships, and more.

  • The Score of 1917: In discussion of the movie's music with Composer Thomas Newman, Director Sam Mendes, and others.

  • In the Trenches: This piece covers casting relatively unknown actors in the lead roles, their performances and screen presence, commitment to the roles, and more.

  • Recreating History: Mendes' collaboration with Dennis Gassner, "crafting the world around the rhythm of the script," logistical challenges, extensive preparatory work, numerous design specifics, lighting challenges, and more.

  • Audio Commentary: Director/Co-Writer Sam Mendes covers the film in wide-berth detail: the film's origins in his grandfather's war stories, score, war history, story details, cast and performances, production design, and other critical and anecdotal tidbits. This is an excellent, broad swatch commentary.

  • Audio Commentary: Director of Photography Roger Deakins delivers a more technically focused exploration of the film and his incredible work on it.

| Overall Reaction |

1917 was one of 2019’s finest cinematic achievement. Winner of three Academy Awards.  Universal Studios brings it to 4K Ultra-HD Blu-ray in one of the finest and best presentations known to the format.  Both the video quality and audio mix are spectacular.  The feature commentaries will provide you with all the information you need when it comes to the making of this technical achievement. It comes highly recommended!

Summary (out of 5)

Film:  5.0   Video:  5.0    Audio:  5.0    Extras:  3.5    Overall:  4.5