Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Allied: 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Two Disc Set Review

Directed by Robert Zemeckis (What Lies Beneath) Allied is a World War II espionage thriller starring Brad Pitt as an intelligence agent, who discovers that his wife (Marion Cotillard) may in fact an enemy spy and unless he can prove otherwise, he may have to kill her in order to protect allied secrets. The film places the viewer in Brad Pitt's character point of view in order to create a sympathetic image of a man driven by love and torment d by duty if it turns out that his wife is indeed working with the enemy.

The Paramount Ultra High Definition 4K Blu-ray set contains an HD version on regular Blu-ray Disc as well as includes a redeemable code for a high definition digital copy for either an iTunes or Ultraviolet copy of the film too, but this insert containing the code is a limit d time only offer so it is best to redeem it as soon as one receives it. With High Dynamic Range enabled, the 2160p Ultra High Definition offers a cooler, but more diverse color picture than the 1080p High Definition version found on the second disc. Both the Ultra HD 4K Blu-ray and HD Blu-ray Discs deliver a lossless and discrete English DTS-HD MA 5.1 Soundtrack that is quite immersive. French, Spanish and Portuguese Language Dubbed Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround Soundtrack options are also provided on both discs along with An English Descriptive Audio Soundtrack as well as English Subtitles for the Deaf and Hearing Impaired and French, Spanish and Portuguese Language Subtitles encoded too. 

The extra value content is only found on the non 4K Blu-ray Disc and are detailed as follows:

From Stage to the Sahara (10:00) — A closer look at the production design, the stage construction and the use of CG mixed with real locations.
Lights, Pixels, ACTION! (10:00) — A piece on the visual digital effects, which reveals the extensive use of CGI mixed with the practical.
Through the Lens (9:00) — Cast & crew shower director Robert Zemeckis with praise and talk about their experience working with him.
A Stitch in Time (9:00) — A few minutes on the costume design.
That Swingin' Sound (7:00) — A look on the creative process behind the score.
'Til Death Do Us Part (6:00) — A more detailed discussion on the performances of the two stars and their characters.
Story of Allied (5:00) — Interviews with various cast & crew members sharing their reactions to the story while touching on specific script elements and historical details.
Guys and Gals (5:00) — More on the remaining characters and performances.
Behind the Wheel (4:00) — The same talking heads on the various vehicles.
Locked and Loaded (4:00) — Crew members explain the weapons used.

Allied: 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc Two Disc Set is available now at retailers on and offline courtesy of Paramount Home Entertainment