Wonder Woman 3D Blu-ray Review

When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, Diana, an Amazonian warrior in training, leaves home to fight a war, discovering her full powers and true destiny.

The Review at a Glance:
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Audio/3D Video total rating:
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97

Details:

Studio and Year: Warner – 2017
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 141 minutes
Genre: Action/Fantasy

Disc Format: BD-50
Encoding: AVC/MVC
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Resolution: 1080p/24

Audio Format(s):English DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio, Spanish/French Dolby Digital 5.1 (English Dolby Atmos, Dolby TrueHD 7.1 – 2D Blu-ray ONLY)
Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish, French
Starring: Gal Gidot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Connie Nielsen, Elena Anaya
Directed by: Patty Jenkins
Music by: Rupert Gregon-Williams
Written by: Allan Heinberg
Region Code: A

Blu-ray Disc release Date: September 19, 2017

“Power. Grace. Wisdom. Wonder…”

My Take:

Before she was Wonder Woman, she was Diana, princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, when an American pilot crashes on their shores and tells of a massive conflict raging in the outside world, Diana leaves her home, convinced she can stop the threat. Fighting alongside man in a war to end all wars, Diana will discover her full powers…and her true destiny.

I can’t say that I’ve ever read a Wonder Woman comic. I was more of a Marvel Comic fan growing up, but I did read DC, and followed some of her exploits in The Justice League. I was of course familiar with the character, and watched the various incarnations that came to television etc. After seeing her introduction in Batman v. Superman I was intrigued, finding this iteration of her character, and her potential within the current DC universe, to be much more interesting.

I took in Wonder Woman on its opening night and absolutely loved it. Gal Gadot owns the role, bringing the character to life with strength, poise, beauty and a charismatic toughness that captures the essence of what you would envision Wonder Woman to be. DC has been behind the curve with their film adaptations based upon comic book characters. They have begun making some headway and Wonder Woman is leading the charge. I thoroughly enjoyed the script, which had the perfect balance of action and story. I also appreciated the interwoven levity, superb chemistry between Gadot/Pine, and host of well-drawn characters that supported the narrative.

The production elements are terrific, adding an air of authenticity that underscored the film’s adventure/action. I could wax poetic all day long, but the short of it is that Wonder Woman is a very entertaining film, even for those that may not necessarily be a fan of the genre. My wife, for example, turned to me after we watched it last night, and said, “that was excellent”. I can’t think of higher praise.

I look forward for what lies in store for Wonder Woman and will be first in line to see The Justice League.

Replay Value:

Parental Guide:

The rating is for sequences of violence and action, and some suggestive content.

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.**

Audio: 100
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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3D Presentation: 94
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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Wonder Woman 3D comes to Blu-ray Disc from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment featuring 1080p MVC encoded video and lossless DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio sound that has an average bitrate of 3.1 Mbps.

This film wasn’t shot natively in 3D, but was converted in post-production. I was very pleased to see that the reproduction of the digital effects translates as well here as it does in the 2D presentation. Presented in its original aspect of 2.40:1 detail is well preserved as the image retains its high level of clarity with objects and people within the frame appearing noticeably delineated and sharp. Depth of field is excellent as there is a natural sense of dimension with regard to foreground/background spacing and movement. The cinematography utilizes near field camera perspectives that enhance proportional correlation.

There several key sequences, usually associated with the elements of action, that provide an in your face sense of dimension as things come at you, float or venture beyond the screen’s borders. Examples can be found in adult Diana’s training scene, the German attack on the beachfront at Paradise Island, Diana’s unveiling at the war front (including her kicking ass in the building at the village), and the toe to toe standoff in the finale. I enjoyed the 3D implementation here as it made the experience of watching Wonder Woman more enjoyable. I didn’t notice any overt signs of ghosting/crosstalk.

Compared to the 2D presentation I found this to be the more visually engaging, as adding three-dimensional depth to the equation makes for a gratifying high definition experience that fans of the format will appreciate. Compared to the Ultra HD presentation, I would have to say that I favored it over the 3D version, but truth be told, I could watch either and have a great viewing experience.

The DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack (as well as the 7.1 Dolby True HD Atmos core (on the 2D Blu-ray) is demonstration quality and is sure to please those who like to play their systems near reference. This recording has wide dynamic range and boasts superlative clarity and high-level detail. Dialog is appreciably lucid through the center channel as it penetrates well into the room. Channel separation and imaging is excellent. This draws out both large and small sound elements and allows their directional correlation based upon the onscreen events to be definable. The mix makes effective and often aggressive use of the surround channels to reproduce the spatial and discrete sounds contained in this soundtrack. Where called upon the listening position is submerged in sound that bombards the senses with a combination of discretely placed, near field, and panning sound effects. Low frequency effects are applied with authority and occasionally provide room shuddering bass. This is an involving and noteworthy audio presentation that is guaranteed to give your home theater a workout.

For those so equipped, I preferred the 7.1 channel Dolby TrueHD sound over the 5.1 channel mix. I am not clear as to why the studio didn’t include the Dolby Atmos mix on the 3D version. In my opinion, it would easily make for a more involving viewing experience.

2D Video Quality:

Video: 98
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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Dolby Atmos Rating: 94
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)

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Wonder Woman comes to Blu-ray Disc from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 23 Mbps and lossless Dolby Atmos/TrueHD 7.1 channel sound that has an average bitrate of 4.3 Mbps.

Having seen Wonder Woman theatrically I found this rendering to faithfully mimic that presentation. The film utilizes a stylized visual design comprised of various elements that represent the differing environs featured in the story. The color range is limited to shades of dark blue, grays and black with splashes of broader colors and muted sepia tones. Warm golden accents are used to break up the monochromatic essence as uneven light and shading are prevalent. Contrast is spot on which empowers whites and grays without washing away detail. Whites are snappy and crisp and grays are multi-staged and layered. Blacks are dynamic and gradational and detail in shadows is just as strong. The large amount of CGI featured in the film softens some of the background elements but, I didn’t find it to be excessive, or distracting, as the quality of the video is high. It isn’t always razor sharp, but it is cleanly rendered with revealing refinement that increases the perception of fine detail.

In listening to the Dolby Atmos surround mix I found it to be of the active variety that makes effective use of the platform. The blend of audio objects placed in the height channels is a mix atmospherics and discrete effects. At times, this creates a tangible level of 3D immersion that coincides with the onscreen events nicely. This primarily adheres to the sequences of action, but mild ambient extension is used to broaden the soundstage, replicating environments etc. There are both large set pieces and smaller/brief sequences/moments, such as Steve’s escape from the Germans, or the sounds of falling bombs off in the distance at the beginning of chapter seven, that show off this well-crafted mix.

Everything comes together during the aforementioned war front and standoff in the finale, as sounds rotate and revolve around the soundstage from both above and at ear level. The music score is mixed over the platform so as to add natural depth to its orchestrated elements. I enjoyed the involving balance of atmosphere, discrete object placement and room energizing bass. I think that it complimented the source material, and made for an entertaining and invigorating listening experience.

Bonus Features:

  • Disc 1: Wonder Woman 3D Blu-ray
    Disc 2: Wonder Woman 2D Blu-ray
    • Epilogue: Etta’s Mission – Etta Candy gets the boys back together for a secret mission that could impact humanity’s future.
    • Crafting the Wonder – Wonder Woman finally comes to life in her first, breathtaking solo film. Explore the journey to create an adventure worthy of DC’s greatest warrior.
    • A Director’s Vision: Themyscira: The Hidden Island
    • A Director’s Vision: Beach Battle
    • A Director’s Vision: A Photograph Through Time
    • A Director’s Vision: Diana in the Modern World
    • A Director’s Vision: Wonder Woman at War
    o Join director Patty Jenkins as she takes you on an exclusive journey through “Wonder Woman’s” most pivotal and exciting moments
    • Warriors of Wonder Woman – Witness the creation of the Amazon army as the women of “Wonder Woman” transform emotionally and physically into the world’s most powerful and heroic warriors.
    • The Trinity – Filmmakers and comic book creators explore the legend of Wonder Woman and how she stands shoulder to shoulder with Superman and Batman to create the pillars of the DC Universe.
    • The Wonder Behind the Camera – Meet the women behind the wonder as they welcome a group of aspiring filmmakers on set for an exclusive, once-in-a-lifetime experience.
    • Finding the Wonder Woman Within – Feel the power of Wonder Woman as award-winning poets and inspiring public figures reveal the impact and importance of DC’s greatest heroine.
    • Extended Scenes
    • Blooper Reel
  • Digital HD Copy

Final Thoughts:

Wonder Woman is a winner, plain, and simple. I found its rousing blend of action, story and top-notch production elements to make for a thoroughly entertaining movie experience. It comes to Blu-ray from Warner Brothers Home Entertainment in this 3D Blu-ray Combo Pack featuring rewarding 3D video, excellent high definition audio/video, a terrific Dolby Atmos sound mix (2D Blu-ray ONLY), and a fan friendly supplemental set. For those that enjoy the genre, Wonder Woman is simply a must have.

 

Reference Review System:

JVC DLA-RS500 3D/4K Ready High Definition Front Projector
(Calibrated with Calman 5 & C6-HDR Meter from Spectracal)
Stewart Filmscreen – Studiotek 130 G3 100” 16×9 Screen
Carada Masquerade Electronic Horizontal Masking System
Marantz AV8802A 13.2 Channel Audio/Video Processor
Sherbourn Technologies – 7/200 Seven Channel Amplifier
B&K Reference 200.7 Series 2 Seven Channel Amplifier
Oppo UDP-203 Ultra HD Blu-ray Player
Sony Playstation 3 Blu-ray disc Player
System Controller: Apple iPad/iRule Pro HD Universal Remote Control
Canton “Ergo” and Canton In-Ceiling Series Speakers
SVS Ultra Surrounds (Gloss Finish in Bipolar Configuration)
SVS PB-13 Ultra (Rosenut finish)
SVS SB-13 Ultra (Piano Gloss finish)
Panamax M5400-PM Power Conditioner/Surge Protector
Wireworld, Better Cables (Silver Serpent) – Audio/Video/Speaker Cabling
AC Infinity Aircom T8 Component Cooling Systems