The Great Wall (UHD)
Recommendation: Tier 0.5*
Movie with a stretch of a plot that seemingly had the goal of hmmm that would look good/cool on screen. Armor is of various primary and secondary colors which comes across very rich in WCG. Plot gives reason to this by saying each color is a different troop unit. Details are rich and don't appear to be smoothed over with the possible exception of the lead actress' face. Having been to Japan this also seems to somewhat fall under the popular makeup style that's pervasive for the region. Lightens the skin and really smooth's out the face. Blacks are well maintained, and CGI holds up well. A couple fleeting shots that appeared to have heightened black levels, but due to how each set handles HDR curves differently I can't say for sure if it was my set's tone curve or the source. Due to this I am not going to ding this title harshly. Need to see more titles in general to get better understanding.
If looking for a fun flick that meets our general PQ criteria this title is worth a watch, just know what you're getting into with the plot before hand. (Martial Art warriors protect The Great Wall from Alien Species) Also, something about Matt Damon's accent in this threw me off. Couldn't place if it was a accent he was going in/out of, or he was trying to talk with a certain cadence that sometimes didn't happen.
Edit: Wanted to add that as Hollywood tries to capitalize on massive sales in China and surrounding region, these movies that mix 1 major Hollywood star with a cast of (presumably) famous Asian film stars together is going to keep growing. Hope that in future they can find better ways to do it, or leave out the white Hollywood actor and not rely on a thin plot reason for why they are present. The Last Samurai with Tom Cruise molded an entire movie around the idea, and made it work IMO, this film ehhhhh...... (I'll accept Matt Damon fine, but Willem Dafoe too???)
Have Despicable Me 1 & 2 in line, but waiting to get some software updates in the A/V chain so can watch in Dolby Vision.
Last edited by JNayAV; 08-21-2017 at 07:13 AM.