Angel Has FallenOverview -
Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman return for Angel Has Fallen, the third entry in the action series, expanding on the central hero's mythos while delivering some good mindless fun. The third installment debuts on Blu-ray with an excellent video presentation, a satisfying Dolby Atmos soundtrack and a decent set of supplements. The overall package is recommended.
When there is an assassination attempt on U.S. President Allan Trumbull (Morgan Freeman), his trusted confidant, Secret Service Agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler), is wrongfully accused and taken into custody. After escaping from capture, he becomes a man on the run and must evade his own agency and outsmart the FBI in order to find the real threat to the president. Desperate to uncover the truth, Banning turns to unlikely allies to help clear his name, keep his family from harm, and save the country from imminent danger.
Storyline: Our Reviewer's Take
You can read our full thoughts on Angel Has Fallen in our review of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray HERE.
Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray
Lionsgate Home Entertainment brings Angel Has Fallen to Blu-ray as a two-disc combo pack with a flyer for a Digital HD Copy. The Region A locked, BD50 disc is joined by a DVD-9 copy of the movie and housed inside a blue, eco-elite case with a glossy slipcover. After several skippable trailers, viewers are taken to a menu screen with music.
Angel debuts on Blu-ray with an excellent 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 encode with several moments showing outstanding definition and clarity of the background information. Fine lines and objects are generally sharp and highly-detailed while the stitching and threading in clothing are distinct with notable texturing in the various fabrics, and we can plainly make out the pores, wrinkles and negligible blemishes in the faces of the cast.
The freshly-minted transfer also arrives with strong contrast and brightness balance, showering the 2.39:1 image with crisp, clean whites and generally true, accurate blacks without sacrificing the finer aspects in the darkest shadows. However, highlights are not always consistent — ever so slightly blooming in the hottest spots — while some poorly-lit interiors can mildly lose a bit of their luster. Then again, this is likely related to the creative orange-teal cinematography of Jules O'Loughlin, which also tends to favor warmer earthy tones and yellow-oranges for most of the movie. Nevertheless, primaries remain accurately rendered with steely blues and vivid reds standing out in some areas. (Video Rating: 84/100)
Angel Has Fallen debuts on Blu-ray with the same awesomely fun Dolby Atmos soundtrack as its Ultra HD counterpart. For a more in-depth take on the audio quality, you can read our review of the 4K Ultra HD HERE. (Dolby Atmos Audio Rating: 92/100)
Introduction (HD, 19 sec) with Gerard Butler inviting owners to explore the special features.
Calling all Angels (HD, 18 min): Summary on the cast and characters.
Someone to Watch over Me (HD, 13 min): Discussion the director and one of the writers.
True Faith (HD, 13 min): Filmmakers make their case for accuracy and realism.
Fights for You (HD, 10 min): A closer look at the action stunts and fight choreography.
Even Heroes Fall (HD, 9 min): Brief rundown of the plot and place in the series.
Angel Declassified (HD, 9 min): Short EPK-style look at three specific sequences.
Earth Angel (HD, 6 min): Chat on the shooting locations serving as Washington, D.C.
Gerard Butler and Morgan Freeman return as Secret Service agent Mike Banning and President Trumbull in Angel Has Fallen, the third entry in an action series that has remained entertainingly consistent and the same. Only, this second sequel feels more like a genuine continuation that expands on the central hero's mythos, equipped with a familiar political thriller plot that, at least, delivers some good mindless fun. The third installment debuts on Blu-ray with an excellent video presentation and an awesomely satisfying Dolby Atmos soundtrack. With a decent set of supplements, the overall package is recommended.
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