TERMINATOR: DARK FATE  (2019)

Blu-ray + DVD + Digital |  Paramount  | 2019 |  117 min |  Rated PG  |  January 14, 2020

Video:

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio

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

Director:    Ang Lee

Starring:    Will Smith, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Clive Owen, Benedict Wong

| Film Synopsis |

Will Smith stars in the nonstop action thrill-ride from Academy Award®-winning director Ang Lee. Retired hitman Henry Brogan (Smith) is forced on the run and finds himself hunted by his ultimate adversary - a younger clone of himself. Packed with epic fight scenes and groundbreaking visual effects, Gemini Man is the future of action movies.

| Video |

Gemini Man, for the most part, makes a fine 1080p 1.85:1 debut. The 1080p resolution never struggles to present facial textures with incredible command, whether considering hairs, pores, blood, or other features. Colors are perfectly refined. 

| Audio |

Gemini Man features a Dolby Atmos soundtrack, and it's awesome. Every action scene is a delight with no obvious downturns in depth or range. Dialogue is clear and well prioritized from start to finish. The final gunfight is a beast and makes impressive use of the format.

| Special Features |
  • Alternate Opening

  • Deleted Scenes: Included are I Found a Plane for Us and Original Yuri Scene 

  • The Genesis of Gemini Man: Jerry Bruckheimer, Ang Lee, and Will Smith discuss the long history behind the project, story details, making the movie with modern technology, casting Will Smith in the lead role, and more.

  • Facing Your Younger Self: Will Smith, Jerry Bruckheimer, and Ang Lee dig into the philosophical and metaphysical questions the film poses while also exploring both the technology that made it possible and the acting challenges and rewards Smith experienced during the shoot.

  • The Future Is Now: This in-depth piece explores the technology used to de-age Will Smith, emphasizing a few of the highlight action scenes along the way.

  • Setting the Actio: Exploring action construction and choreography, shooting locales, and more.

  • Next Level Detail: This supplement looks more closely at the catacombs set piece.

  • The Vision of Ang Lee: A discussion of the 4K, 3-D, 120 frames per second product and what the technology does for the audience, the film, and the story it tells.

| Overall Reaction |

The Blu-ray, presented at a traditional 24p with Dolby Atmos audio, is a technical accomplishment.  Gemini Man only offers enough entertainment value to pass the time, and likely forget come morning.

Summary (out of 5)

Film:  2.5    Video:  4.5    Audio:  4.0    Extras:  3.5    Overall:  4.0