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Edge Of Tomorrow 4K UHD Review

“Edge Of Tomorrow” is a modern sci-fi classic.

Based on the Japanese light novel “All You Need Is Kill,” “Edge Of Tomorrow” AKA “Live. Die. Repeat” (nobody knows what the real title is at this point) is “Groundhog Day” meets “Starship Troopers” meets “Saving Private Ryan” with a dash of “Aliens.” The story revolves around alien invaders known as Mimics that have been wiping out humanity. Earth’s United Defense Force has been trying to combat the aliens with advanced exo-suits, but are failing in their mission. The story revolves around a demoted U.S. Army public affairs officer turned Private William Cage who is thrown into battle. He dies during combat but death is not the end for him as he wakes up to find himself reliving the same battle. This happens in a continual loop. As Cage tries to figure out what is happening, he begins to connect with Sgt. Vrataski (who is also killed continually). Together these two just made be able to end the loop and, more importantly, end the war.

Directed by Doug Liman and written by Christopher McQuarrie (who later collaborated with Tom Cruise on “Mission: Impossible” sequels), “Edge Of Tomorrow” is easily one of the best sci-fi films of the past decade. The 2014 film may have disappointed at the box office, but the film was well received and has since developed a fanbase (and for good reason). In an era of sequels and reboots, it was refreshing to see WB take a big gamble on a non-franchise movie. Liman and McQuarrie use the time loop angle to full effectiveness and the intelligent script is filled with big sci-fi concepts and high stakes. The action involving the super fast Mimics is also deeply intense and has you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire movie.

Where ‘Edge’ really shines is with the characters. One would think Tom Cruise would be the central hero here, but that’s not true. He plays against type as a coward who becomes a hero thanks to the guidance and training given to him by Emily Blunt’s character. Blunt is the real hero and she’s an utter badass who is focused on the mission. Cruise and Blunt are both in peak form here and this ranks among their best work. A shout out needs to be given to the late great Bill Paxton too as Master Sgt. Farrell.


Presentation: 2.40:1 2160p. How does it look? This is a deeply impressive 4K transfer. The beach battle sequences are so stunning visually here that they almost feel immersive.

Audio Track: Dolby Atmos. How does it sound? If you want thundering action, you certainly get it with this Atmos track.

* 7 ½ minutes of deleted scenes
* “On The Edge With Doug Liman”- An extensive 42 minute look at Doug Liman’s journey in directing the movie and Tom Cruise. Lots of interviews and behind-the-scenes footage.
* “Operation Downfall- Adrenaline Cut” and “Storming The Beach”- ‘Beach’ is a behind-the-scenes featurette on the war sequence while ‘Downfall’ is alternate cut of one of the beach battle sequences.
* “Creatures Not Of This World” is all about the aliens.
*  “Weapons Of The Future” focuses on the exo-suits.

July 2, 2022 - Posted by | 4K UHD Review | , , ,

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