Archive for the ‘Sully (2016)’ Category

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Distributor: Warner Brothers

Release Date: December 20, 2016

Region: Region A

Length: 96 min

Video: 1080P (MPEG-4, AVC)

Main Audio: English Dolby Atmos

Alternate Audio:

5.1 English Descriptive Audio

5.1 French Dolby Digital

5.1 Spanish (Latin) Dolby Digital

5.1 Portuguese (Brazilian) Dolby Digital

Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish (Latin), French, Portuguese

Ratio: 2.40:1

Notes: This title was previously released in various DVD editions.


“It was a day like literally 10,000 other days—until it wasn’t. I had been flying airplanes for 42 years, and in all that time I never knew when or even if I would be faced with some ultimate challenge. I had never been so challenged in an airplane that I doubted the outcome…

…At the outset, we had the great advantage of knowing what had caused this: I had seen the birds about two or three seconds before we struck them—but not enough time to maneuver away. When we struck them and the engines were damaged, I knew in that moment that it was going to be a life-changing event—that this was going to be unlike any experience I had ever had. I knew it was going to be the hardest day of my life, the biggest problem I would ever have to solve.” -Captain Chesley Burnett “Sully” Sullenberger (‘Sully’ Sullenberger Remembers the Miracle on the Hudson, Newsweek, July 15, 2015)

On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed a “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain “Sully” Sullenberger glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. After countless newspaper articles, television news specials, magazine interviews, radio announcements, and further media saturation, the C.B Sullenberger story has found its way to the cinema screens under the direction of Clint Eastwood. Eastwood’s film focuses on aspects of Sullenberger’s story that hasn’t been covered by the press while also providing audiences with the suspenseful aviation drama that viewers are no doubt expecting.

It seems that while being heralded as a hero by the media, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career. This story forms a framing device that allows Eastwood to present several versions of the miraculous landing. The result is a somewhat engaging and occasionally suspenseful popcorn flick that features another incredible performance from Tom Hanks.

The Presentation:

3.5 of 5 Stars

The disc is protected in a standard Blu-ray case with film-related artwork. One wishes that they had utilized their original one-sheet artwork for this release because it is superior.

 The menu utilizes the one-sheet art and is easy to navigate.

Picture Quality:

5 of 5 Stars

This transfer taken from the 4K master of Sully is near-perfect. The film’s muted color palette is accurately represented here with excellent contrast and a nearly unbelievable level of detail and clarity. It is truly an immaculate representation of the film.

Sound Quality:

5 of 5 Stars

The Dolby Atmos soundtrack immediately engages the viewer and never disappoints. It is a well rendered and incredibly immersive mix of the film’s original track. In fact, the only real problem is that those who don’t have Atmos equipment will not be able to experience the full effect.

Special Features:

4 of 5 Stars

The Sully supplemental package offers slightly less than an hour of supplemental entertainment, but it is vastly superior to the majority of recent studio supplemental packages. All three featurettes are both relevant and informative.

Sully Sullenberger: The Man Behind the Miracle

This is a mini-biography of Sully Sullenberger that includes interviews with the man himself as well as those closest to him. It gives viewers a relatively solid look at his background and is consistently engaging.

Moment by Moment: Averting Disaster on the Hudson

Perhaps the most essential featurette included here also happens to be the shortest. Moment by Moment is a relatively comprehensive overview of the 208 harrowing seconds that could have easily ended in tragedy for Flight 1549. Captain Sullenberger, Co-Pilot Jeff Skiles and air traffic controller Patrick Harten are on hand to detail their experiences.

Neck Deep in the Hudson: Shooting Sully

Even this “making of” featurette manages to rise above the EPK fluff viewers have come to expect. There is a generous helping of ‘behind the scenes’ footage that provides an enlightening glimpse at the production process while interviews with various cast and crew members provide contextual and background information.

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Final Words:

Tom Hanks fans will probably want to add Sully to their Blu-ray shelves, but most cinephiles will be satisfied with a rental.