Sony consistently puts out great looking Blu-rays, and this is no exception. The nearly flawless AVC encode has some jaw-dropping scenes, especially in the concrete jungles of Washington D.C. and New York. The DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack is just as impressive, with pinpoint placement of discrete effects, impressive dynamic range, and first-rate frequency response.
In the office
- Chapter 1, 00:05:15
- Environmental ambience
- Listen to the background chatter in the office and notice how clear and intelligible the dialog sounds. Great audio doesn't always have to include loud explosions and gunshots.
- Chapter 4, 00:23:11
- Surround envelopment, frequency response
- As Salt prepares to unleash her homemade explosive, listen as the score builds to a crescendo and fills the room. Right before the assault team opens the doors, the soundstage becomes almost silent, and when the door opens, she unleashes her missile at the unsuspecting men, shaking the foundation with a thunderous explosion.
Laid to rest
- Chapter 8, 00:46:38
- Surround envelopment, detail
- When the President addresses the crowd, listen to the realistic echo as he delivers the eulogy.
- The video quality in this scene is extremely impressive. Look at the detail in the crowd with the various shades and textures of the clothing, the interesting architecture, and pay particular attention to the stars and stripes draping the casket.
Release Date: December 21, 2010