Ralph Potts reviews the Ultra HD Blu-ray debut of this gritty war drama written and directed by David Ayer, which is set in April,1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.
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The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )
Audio/UHD Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )
Sony Pictures - 2014
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English Dolby Atmos/TrueHD 7.1, English DTS-HD 5.1 Master audio, Spanish/French Dolby Digital 5.1
English, English SDH, Spanish, French
Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal
Written & Directed by:
May 22, 2018
"Best Job I Ever Had…"
I reviewed Fury’s 2015 Blu-ray release, and have included my comments from that review here. Ratings for film, and bonus content will be the same, as they are identical to that release. New comments and ratings for the Ultra HD video and Dolby Atmos mix are below.
April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and his five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Out-numbered, out-gunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.
Films that depict the horrors of war can sometimes have a way of sticking with you long after seeing them. This is especially true in the case of World War II which left so many soldiers and civilians dead in its wake. Fury
doesn’t attempt to tell a broad story of the war but instead focuses on the members of a Sherman Tank crew in Germany in 1945. Battle hardened and battle weary this group has managed to survive and remain together. As with most of the men that fought for our country they came from different backgrounds and parts of the country. The glue that has holds them together is their leader Sgt. Collier, a man who says what he means and means what he says. His crew abides by his lead whatever the cost. When not on the lines of battle his subordinates share an eyebrow raising esprit de corps.
Writer/director David Ayer sidesteps early character development in favor of opening with the grim and visceral realties of war. People die. At well over two hours Ayer ensures that the mayhem is reinforced while slowly dissecting the essence of his five primary characters four of whom, frankly, aren’t very likeable. Rather than an opus like Saving Private Ryan Fury
is a snapshot with a simple theme that revolves around loss of innocence in the face of tragedy during one of our country’s worst conflicts. I saw Fury
with my wife in the theater and while we liked it we didn’t love it.
The lack of a connection to these men was difficult especially given the nature of how they were drawn. Young Norman, the clerk typist with 8 weeks in the Army, was set as the identifying figure whose soul was still intact. This seemed to pervade with only mere glimmers that exposed the humanity of Norman’s new cohorts. I think that part of the reason the film didn’t resonate quite so deeply was that perhaps we were expecting a bit more Saving Private Ryan. Yeah, war is hell but these guys have endured through meaningful kinship born out of making the best of an imaginable situation.
for the second time I gleaned a bit more from its series of a smaller moments that emphasized the unspoken bond shared by Sgt. Collier, “Bible”, “Gordo” and “Coon-ass”. This wasn’t born out of typically portrayed comradeship but remained just below the surface, revealed out of necessity as dictated by an event or moment. THIS is where the film shines. Watching as Norman comes to understand this under the direst of conditions is what elevates the story.
The depiction of war is as graphic and bleak as I have seen. There is an earthy and incidental quality to the dialogue which enriches the proceedings. The performances across the board are excellent and aptly coincide with the film’s portrait of the rigors of war and the men who lived and died defending our freedom. Fury
isn’t a perfect film but there is a tangibility to it that extends beyond its scope. My initial feeling was that this isn’t a film that would hold up under repeat viewings. My opinion has changed. I look forward to sitting down with it again if not only to revel in the wonderful performances and visceral reminder of the sacrifices made by so many.
The rating is for strong sequences of war violence, some grisly images, and language throughout.
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: 92
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
Dolby Atmos Rating: 94
(Each rating is worth 4 points with a max of 5 per category)
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Fury comes to Ultra HD Blu-ray from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment featuring 2160pHEVC encoded video and lossless Dolby Atmos/TrueHD 7.1 channel sound.
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For its presentation on Ultra HD Blu-ray Fury was derived from its original source and finished on a 4K Digital Intermediate.
Fury is a period war drama that adheres to relatively cooler chromatic schemes, with the exception of sequences that call for richer color to provide thematic emphasis, which doesn't make for especially eye- catching levels of color, but this Ultra HD rendering makes the most of its elements. With a noticeable increase in detail the image appears sharper when compared to the 1080p version. The plethora of close up camera shots reveal plenty of subtle refinement and textures within the image. Primary colors like blue and red are pleasingly rich while whites appear bright and punchy.
The added dimension in the grays, blacks, and shadows gives the image excellent depth. The exterior sequences with their overcast skies, moody visual aesthetic and razor sharpness looked terrific. The film has a variety of sequences that take advantage of high dynamic range. The contrast between the shadow details, bright flashes, firelight and glistening metal objects gives the image lots of visual pop.
The 1080p rendering of Fury is quite good so the difference between the two isn't night and day, but overall, I was very pleased with this presentation, finding that is easily trumps the Blu-ray.
In listening to the Dolby Atmos soundtrack, I was reminded of several recent catalog titles that I have reviewed which received new Dolby Atmos mixes. Fury already had a top notch 5.1 channel surround mix so I wondered what the application of object placed sounds would add. I was very pleased with how active the mix is. The use of overhead sound objects elevates proportional correlation. When compared to the original 5.1 track the Atmos mix offers a noticeable improvement by opening up the soundstage, elevating the perception of low level detail and seemingly offering broader dynamic range.
The film is loaded with atmospherics, off screen cues and discrete sound effects that when applied using the freedom of object-based placement adds an enriching layer to the soundtrack. This is noticeable right from the opening sequence with noteworthy examples being found throughout (the first tank engagement in chapter 4 sounds great). I also felt that the new track added a tangible layer to low frequency effects providing improved depth that sounded terrific.
As good as the original lossless mix sounds, the Atmos mix adds a definable element that brings the listening experience up a notch.
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:
Ultra HD Blu-ray Has Come to AVS Forum Blu-ray Reviews
- Disc 1: Fury Ultra HD Blu-ray
- Disc 2: Fury Blu-ray
- (HD) *Exclusive* 16 deleted/extended scenes
- (HD) *Exclusive* Photo Gallery
- (HD) *Exclusive* Director’s Combat Journal – 17 minute featurette
- (HD) *Exclusive* Armored Warriors: The real men inside the Shermans – 12 minute featurette
- (HD) *Exclusive* Taming the beast: How to drive, fire, & shoot inside a 30 ton tank – 12 minute featurette
- (HD) Blood Brothers – 11 minute featurette
Digital HD Copy
Written and Directed by David Ayer Fury
is a gritty and unflinching war drama that features powerful performances, apt direction and solid production elements. It makes its debut on Ultra HD Blu-ray in this Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment featuring excellent Ultra HD video, an entertaining and complimentary Dolby Atmos immersive sound mix, and legacy bonus supplements. If you’re a fan and are equipped to take advantage of the Ultra HD/Dolby Atmos upgrades, this Ultra HD release is well worth considering.
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