As a police psychologist works to talk down an ex-con who is threatening to jump from a Manhattan hotel rooftop, the biggest diamond heist ever committed is in motion. Check out Ralph Potts’ Ultra HD Blu-ray review of Man on a Ledge from Lionsgate Home Entertainment.

The Review at a Glance:
(max score: 5 )

Audio/UHD Video total rating:
( Max score: 100 )


Studio and Year: Lionsgate - 2012
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 102 minutes
Genre: Thriller

Disc Format: BD-66
Encoding: HEVC Dolby Vision/HDR-10+
Video Aspect: 2.40:1
Resolution: 2160p/24

Audio Format(s): English Dolby Atmos/TrueHD 7.1, Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Sam Worthington, Elizabether Banks, Jamie Bell, Anthony Mackie, Edward Burns, Ed Harris, Titus Welliver, Genesis Rodriguez, Kyra Sedgwick
Directed by: Asger Leth
Music by: Henry Jackman
Written by: Pablo F. Fenjves
Region Code: A

Release Date: April 9, 2019
"A Desperate Man, the Ultimate Crime"

“An ex-cop and now wanted fugitive (Sam Worthington) stands on the ledge of a high-rise building while a hard-living New York Police Department negotiator (Elizabeth Banks) tries to talk him down. The longer they are on the ledge, the more she realizes that he might have an ulterior objective. “ – Lionsgate Home Entertainment

My Take:

Man on a Ledge tells the story of ex-cop Nick Cassidy (Sam Worthington) who escapes from prison to plan the ultimate heist; steal a $40 million diamond from cutthroat businessman David Englander (Ed Harris), and in the process prove his own innocence. From the ledge of the famous Roosevelt Hotel with the whole world watching, Cassidy plays a clever game of cat and mouse with the NYPD while his dutiful brother Joey (Jamie Bell) races against the clock to extract the diamond and clear his brother’s name.

Man on a Ledge is a middling thriller that attempts to ply the audience with a few twists set to a formulaic story and a series a narrative-thrills that feel very much like something we have all seen before but, done to better effect. The story isn’t original, nor is the character design and the dialog/situations come as ham fisted at times. What makes the film serviceable is the likeability of Elizabeth Banks who is quite good in the role of Lydia Mercer. Sam Worthington is pretty one dimensional but, this role fits his niche. Anthony Mackie, Ed Harris and Titus Welliver are wasted in their respective roles and we won’t even discuss Kyra Sedgwick’s abysmal attempt at a Spanish accent in the part of reporter “Suzie Morales”.

Man on a Ledge most definitely has the feel of cable TV fodder that you would catch bits of pieces of while killing time. Not terrible but, not a film you would reach for when in the mood for quality entertainment.

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Parental Guide:

The rating is for violence and brief strong language.

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(HDR-10): 88
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UHD Presentation (Dolby Vision): 90
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Dolby Atmos Rating: 88
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Man on a Ledge comes to Ultra HD Blu-ray from Lionsgate Home Entertainment featuring 2160pHEVC encoded video and lossless Dolby Atmos/TrueHD 7.1 channel sound.

For its presentation in Ultra HD, Man on a Ledge was rendered from a 2K DI and up-converted to 4K. Color reproduction is consistent, with primaries like blue, red, and green appearing richer, even a bit more delineated. Secondary hues look great as well. The increase in resolution is apparent, allowing the detection of minutia, even in wide angle shots, to be appreciable. Close-ups tend to offer better refinement and deeper resolvable textures on surfaces, clothing, and physical features, compared to the Blu-ray.

The same is true when comparing the video's dynamic range. Exterior sequences offer the slightest hint of added punch, especially those that take place in the light of day. The darkened highlights in the low-lighting sequences, like the in the elevator bank during the heist, have appreciable dimension and resolvable detail. Fleshtones are a bit on the bronzy side, but don’t appear unnatural. Viewing Man on a Ledge in Ultra HD was an entertaining experience. I think its improvements over the 1080p rendering make it worth considering for its fans.

Dolby Vision vs HDR-10:

I utilize the TCL 55P607 UHD Dolby Vision HDR flat panel in my review system to enable me to compare the visual quality of titles that contained the Dolby Vision metadata versus its HDR-10 counterpart on the same disc. All titles are first watched via my JVC front projector. I then select specific scenes which are watched on the TCL, first via HDR-10 then via Dolby Vision. The TCL isn’t among the top tier flat panels with DV, however it came recommended by AVS Senior Editor Mark Henninger, and calibrates/performs extremely well for a set at its price point.

* The cumulative A/V score will still be based upon the HDR-10 rating, with the DV rating serving as informational only for now.*

Comparing the DV and HDR-10 presentations for Man on a Ledge, I found the HDR to be close, but, felt that the DV rendering edged out the HDR-10. Much of this came when comparing the same scenes and finding that the rendering of color was not only slightly deeper, but seemingly more delineated. I also thought that gradations in the white detail a bit were easier to see. While I wouldn’t categorize these differences as stark, I definitely felt that the DV rendering was my preference.

Dolby Atmos:

In listening to the Dolby Atmos surround mix I found it to be of the moderately active variety that made effective use of the platform. Its use of audio objects placed above is a blend of atmospherics and discrete effects. When applied it creates a discernible level of immersion that coincides with the onscreen events nicely. Where this mix excels is in its use of the platform at ear level. There are a multitude of set pieces that show off the track’s blend of music and smaller object sounds that create an involving listening experience, that broadens the soundstage. I enjoyed the balance of atmosphere as well as the integration of discrete object placement. I think that it complimented the source material and drew me into the film when it mattered most.

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

Bonus Features:
  • Disc 1: Man on a Ledge Ultra HD Blu-ray
  • Disc 2: Man on a Ledge Blu-ray
  • Legacy Bonus Features
Final Thoughts:

Man on a Ledge is a middling thriller that suffers from an overreaching script that fails to focus and render its thematic elements. It is making its Ultra HD Blu-ray debut in this Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack from Lionsgate Home Entertainment, featuring an excellent Ultra HD presentation (which includes Dolby Vision HDR), a fair Dolby Atmos immersive sound mix, and legacy supplemental material. If you’re a fan of Man on a Ledge and are set up for Ultra HD Blu-ray/Dolby Atmos sound, there is enough of an upgrade here to warrant purchase consideration.
Ralph Potts
AVS Forum Blu-ray Reviews

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” 16x9 Screen
Carada Masquerade Electronic Horizontal Masking System
Marantz AV7704 Audio/Video Processor
Emotiva XPA-7 Gen 3 Seven Channel Amplifier
Emotiva XPA-11 Gen 3 Amplifier
Panasonic DP-UB820 Ultra HD Blu-ray 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)
Dual SVS PC4000 Cylinder Subwoofers
Panamax M5400-PM Power Conditioner/Surge Protector
Wireworld, Better Cables (Silver Serpent) - Audio/Video/Speaker Cabling
AC Infinity Aircom T8 Component Cooling Systems