Angel Has Fallen appears in an aspect ratio of 2.39:1 on this 4K UHD Disc. The movie offered a solid presentation.
Sharpness worked fine, as the film seemed accurate and well-defined. Only a little softness entered into the occasional wide shot. I saw no signs of jaggies or moiré effects, and the film lacked edge haloes or print flaws.
If you suspected Angel would come with the modern standard teal and orange palette, you’ll get what you expected, and these became heavy tints. I’d like to see action flicks dispense with those conceits, but given their restraints, they looked fine here, and the disc’s HDR added some impact to the hues.
Blacks came across nicely, as dark tones were deep and rich, without any muddiness or problems. In addition, low-light shots gave us smooth, clear visuals, and the HDR bolstered whites and contrast. All in all, this became a positive transfer.
I also felt happy with the solid Dolby Atmos soundtrack of Angel. Downconverted to Dolby TrueHD 7.1, the mix offered plenty of opportunities for lively auditory information, and it took good advantage of these.
From the opening combat scene to road chases to gunfire to explosions to other action elements, the mix filled the speakers on a frequent basis. The track placed information in logical spots and blended all the channels in a smooth, compelling manner.
Audio quality was also positive. Music sounded lively and full, while effects delivered accurate material. Those elements showed nice clarity and kick, with tight low-end.
Speech was always distinctive and concise, too. This mix worked well for the film.
How did the 4K UHD compare to the Blu-ray version? Audio remained identical, as both discs sported the same Atmos mix.
Because Angel was finished 4K, I hoped to see a big jump in visuals from this disc, but the nature of the photography limited those improvements. Much of Angel went with a style that didn’t allow the viewer to really absorb specific shots, and that meant the upgrades felt less obvious.
But they’re there, as the 4K UHD seemed better defined along with stronger colors and deeper blacks. While not the vast step up I hoped to find, the 4K UHD nonetheless became the stronger rendition of the film.
Six featurettes accompany the film, and Even Heroes Fall fills eight minutes, 35 seconds. It brings comments from co-writer/director Ric Roman Waugh, producer Les Weldon, executive producer David Bernardi, and actors Gerard Butler, Nick Nolte and Morgan Freeman.
The show looks at the move to a third chapter and story/characters, and influences. “Heroes” offers a passable overview.
With Someone to Watch Over Me, we find a 13-minute, two-second reel that includes notes from Waugh, Butler, Weldon, Nolte, and actors Danny Huston, Jada Pinkett Smith and Piper Perabo.
“Watch” examines the choice of Waugh to direct as well as his impact on the production. Too much praise emerges, but we get some decent notes about the film.
Calling All Angels spans 18 minutes, 13 seconds and involves Waugh, Butler, Smith, Weldon, Huston, Nolte, and Perabo. They get into cast and performances through this decent but fairly fluffy clip.
Next comes True Faith, a 12-minute, 47-second program that offers info from Waugh, Smith, Bernardi, Butler, Freeman, production designer Russell De Rozario, costume designer Stephanie Collie, director of photography Jules O’Loughlin and actor Tim Blake Nelson.
“Faith” digs into research, production design, locations, costumes, and cinematography. The program comes with some of the usual praise but it digs into technical areas reasonably well.
Fight For You occupies nine minutes, 39 seconds and presents remarks from Waugh, Butler, Freeman, Weldon, 2nd unit director Vic Armstrong and stunt coordinator Greg Powell.
As implied by the title, “Fight” covers action and stunts. It becomes a moderately good take on the subject matter despite the standard happy talk.
Finally, Earth Angel spans six minutes, 25 seconds and features Waugh, Butler, O’Loughlin, Weldon, and Perabo. “Earth” views shooting foreign locales for DC. It delivers another acceptable discussion of the subject matter.
Under Angel Declassified, we see three “scene breakdowns” with commentary from Waugh. They fill a total of eight minutes, 38 seconds.
Calling these “scene breakdowns” seems like a stretch, as it implies we’ll view sequences at various stages of completion. We don’t, as instead, we watch the finished segments.
That means “Declassified” really provides eight minutes of audio commentary. I don’t know why Waugh didn’t just record a full-length track to cover the whole film, but he adds some good details here.
A second disc provides a Blu-ray copy of Angel. It brings the same extras as the 4K UHD.
The Blu-ray disc opens with ads for Rambo: Last Blood, Midway (2019), Hunter/Killer, Anna and John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum. No trailer for Angel appears here.
Three films into the franchise and Angel Has Fallen delivers the same braindead action found in the first two. Despite a strong cast and potential thrills, the movie seems too stupid to entertain. The 4K UHD comes with very good picture and audio as well as a decent set of supplements. If you liked the prior movies, you’ll probably enjoy Angel, but I can’t find anything to endorse beyond that.
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