Patriots Day Ultra HD Blu-ray Review

Patriots Day Ultra HD Blu-ray Review

The story of the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and the aftermath, which includes the city-wide manhunt to find the terrorists responsible.

The Review at a Glance:
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Studio and Year: Lionsgate – 2016
MPAA Rating: R
Feature running time: 133 minutes
Genre: Drama/Thriller

Disc Format: BD-66
Encoding: HEVC
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Resolution: 2160p/24

Audio Format(s): English DTS:X, English DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio, English DTS Headphone: X, Spanish/French Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English/French SDH, Spanish
Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Michelle Monaghan, John Goodman, Kevin Bacon, J.K. Simmons,
Directed by: Peter Berg
Music by: Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross
Written by: Peter Berg, Matt Cook, Joshua Zetumer
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: March 28, 2017

“A Story of Bravery in the Face of Adversity”

My Take:

Based upon the dramatic real-life manhunt for the Boston Marathon bombers, Patriots Day follows Boston Police Sergeant Tommy Saunders (Mark Wahlberg) as he joins brave survivors, first responders, and investigators in a race against time to find the bombers and bring them to justice.

I am a fan of fact based films, especially those that I am not only familiar with, but have witnessed. The tragic events surrounding the bombing at the 2013 Boston Marathon is one that I watched as it unfolded shortly afterward on that April morning. I remember the feelings it stirred up of 9/11, and how proud I was of the tremendous and fast response of those that came to the aid of the victims, as well as the swift capture of the perpetrators. I truly meant to get out to see Patriots Day during its theatrical run but never made it. As I sat and watched it I was immediately reminded of how inspirational the story is and why I like Peter Berg’s films.

Co-written by director Berg, along with Matt Cook, and Joshua Zetumer, Patriots Day eschews overt levels of melodrama in the depiction of the events and people in favor of a meat and potatoes narrative that tells this human-interest story in a grounded, play by play, fashion. We get to see things from the inside, primarily from the perspective of a Boston Police Sergeant, whose attitude reflects that of a city, that wouldn’t surrender to terror, but rather embraced one another, while ensuring that this act, was in no way going to go unpunished. A group effort for every law enforcement official and civilian involved, resulted in the outcome. At 133 minutes the film is, in my opinion, perfectly paced, as not one moment seemed wasted. I appreciated being let in on some of the details of what occurred, both before and afterward, and didn’t feel as though the narrative went to great lengths to overstate the facts. I like Mark Wahlberg and thought that he did a terrific job in this role. J.K. Simmons, John Goodman, Kevin Bacon, and Michelle Monaghan were excellent in support, and I would be remiss if I didn’t mention Rachel Brosnahan, who I always enjoy watching.

Patriots Day is a stirring and compelling drama that is an emotive tribute to the victims, first responders, and collaborative law enforcement/city officials that were faced with unimaginable circumstances, and proved, once again, why we should all be proud to be Americans. I watched it with my wife and we enjoyed every minute.

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Parental Guide:

The rating is for violence, realistically graphic injury images, language throughout, and some drug use.

AUDIO/VIDEO – By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**

UHD Presentation: 84
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DTS:X Rating: 86
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Ultra HD Blu-ray has finally been released and eager enthusiasts are ready and willing to see what it has to offer. For those not familiar with the details regarding Ultra HD Blu-ray you can refer to my article that includes some pertinent data on the subject. Here is the link:

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Patriots Day comes to Ultra HD Blu-ray from Lionsgate Home Entertainment featuring 2160pHEVC encoded video and lossless DTS:X/7.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 5 Mbps.

Patriots Day garnered a solid report from me on its video quality in 1080p. Its use of color grading intentionally left certain elements appearing less visually enticing and that trend continues in its presentation in Ultra HD, which was rendered from a 3.4K source. I couldn’t ascertain whether it contains a 4K DI or was up-converted to 4K. Color reproduction is consistent, with primaries like blue and red appearing richer, even a bit more delineated. Secondary hues look great, although not appreciably better. The increase in resolution isn’t always on display, especially in wide angle shots, although I believe that this is innate to the photography. Close-ups tend to offer better refinement and deeper resolvable texture on surfaces and physical features compared to the Blu-ray. The improvements are distinguishable, but not noteworthy.

The same is true when comparing the video’s dynamic range. Exterior sequences offer the slightest hint of added punch, especially that take place in the light of day, where the sun reflects off of objects etc. The darkened highlights in the low-lit environs, like the interior of the Mercedes SUV, the shadowy confines of the Saunders’ bedroom, and the dark city streets of Watertown have appreciable dimension and resolvable detail. The explosive and violent encounter between the police, and the bombing suspects in Watertown is the film’s highlight from and HDR perspective. The fiery explosions and gunfire exchanges are brilliant and lifelike enough to cause me to blink. Fleshtones are reproduced beautifully, with a natural and pleasing tonality. Viewing Patriots Day in Ultra HD wasn’t an eye-opening experience however, I think its subtle improvement makes it worth considering for UHD fans.

In listening to the DTS:X surround mix I found it to be of the less aggressive variety, but considering the source material that’s not a complete surprise. Its use of sound elements placed above is comprised of a mix of atmospherics, panning fills and occasional discrete effects. This is done to good effect when implemented and creates an enriching level of immersion that coincides with the onscreen events nicely. Examples can be found during the parade’s opening, the bombing, and Watertown standoff. The music score is subtly mixed over the platform so as to add natural depth to its orchestrated elements without drawing attention away from the thematic details of what is transpiring onscreen. While this mix doesn’t make constant use of attention grabbing audio object placement, I found myself completely involved when it mattered, and found this to be an enjoyable audio presentation that absolutely complimented the source material.

Blu-ray Video:

Video: 94
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Audio: 92
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Patriots Day comes to Blu-ray Disc from Lionsgate Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 26 Mbps.

This film looks superb on Blu-ray Disc and features superb high definition video quality that exhibits high level detail, razor sharpness and exquisite definition that brings out lifelike textures captured by the camera’s lens. Dimensional perspective has a near infinite appeal that can be visually stimulating. Close ups are noticeably refined and revealing of the subtlest details within facial features and objects within the frame. Mid-level camera pans are equally enriching and offer excellent depth and dimension. When called for, colors are appreciably delineated with natural rendering and punchy primaries that stand out among the spectrum of secondary hues. Fleshtones are rendered with vivid tonality and discerning complexional depiction. Contrast is boldly applied without overstatement as it enlivens colors and drives brightly lit scenes without whitewashing detail. Blacks are gradational and deep which emboldens sequences containing a mix of light and dark elements. Detail in uneven light and darkened environments reveal visible shapes and structure that enhances depth perception. This is a pristine quality presentation that looks terrific on my big screen.

The 7.1 channel DTS-HD 7.1 Master Audio (DTS:X core) surround mix accents the video presentation and makes regular use of the entire system to drive the film’s elements. This is a balanced, and where called upon, active soundtrack that features palpable bass and room shaking dynamic range that augments the impact associated with the films action based elements and music score. The first blast of the bombs at the marathon nearly jarred my fillings loose. The standoff in Watertown sounds terrific as well. The surround channels are actively engaged with a blend of discretely placed sounds and spatial ambience. Detail reproduction is excellent, which emboldens the detection of subtle vocal inflections and the presence of low level sounds contained within the recording. The mix facilitates seamless integration of the front and rear channels, creating a stable and proportionate listening environment.

Bonus Features:

  • Disc 1: Patriots Day Ultra HD (with Bonus Features)
    Disc 2: Patriots Day Blu-ray (with Bonus Features
  • “Boston Strong: True Stories of Courage” Vignettes
  • “The Boston Bond: Recounting the Tale” Featurette
  • “The Real Patriots: The Local Heroes’ Stories” Featurette
  • “The Cast Remembers” Featurette
  • “Actors Meet Real-Life Counterparts: A 2-Part Series”
    1. John Goodman and Ed Davis
    2. Jimmy O. Yang and Dun Meng
  • “Researching the Day” Featurette
  • Digital HD Copy

Final Thoughts:

Patriots Day is a stirring and compelling drama that is an emotive tribute to the victims, first responders, and collaborative law enforcement/city officials that were faced with unimaginable circumstances, and proved, once again, why we should all be proud to be Americans. It comes to Blu-ray from Lionsgate Home Entertainment in this Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack that features solid technical merits across each platform, and a worthwhile supplemental package that takes a peek behind the curtain as told by cast, crew, and the real people involved. I thoroughly enjoyed Patriots Day both as a film as a home theater experience. Check it out on Blu-ray.


Ralph Potts
AVS Forum Blu-ray Reviews

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