Fury 4K UHD Blu-ray Review
April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.
Studio: Sony Pictures
Release Date: May 22, 2018
Run time: 134 mins
Audio: Dolby TrueHD 7.1/Atmos Mix mix
Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
Disc Spec: 1 4KBD/1 BD50
It is 1944. US forces are taking Germany back from the Nazis. ‘FURY’ is the name of one of their tanks, and its crew are Brad Pitt, Shia LaBoeuf, Michael Pena, and Jon Bernthal.
A screen commanding film, Fury is an achievement for Director David Ayer. He rises to the occasion summoning strong performances and crafting brutally vivid images and rousing fight scenes.
The story is told largely from the point of view of a recent draftee, who wants nothing to do with war. He is assigned to Pitt’s crew and there is a good scene where Pitt attempts to ‘christen’ him by handing him a pistol and bullying him into shooting captured Nazi, but the kid is too squeamish to do so.
Despite being in some great movies, Brad Pitt hasn’t done much for me in the last ten years. Since ‘Inglorious Bastards’, he has become a little monotonous. In FURY he succeeds in channeling a convincing real beast which he hides behind his patriarchal composure.
There is an intriguingly lengthy scene where he and his tank crew have breakfast in the home of two German women (complete strangers) , in a half abandoned town. It’s not much of a breakfast but it becomes clear that the meal is less important than merely being in a home in the company of women (something that soldiers don’t get the luxury of).
Movie Content: 9/10
The print is presented in 2160p with a 2.40:1 aspect ratio. While there were some issues with ‘FURY’ first outing on Blu-ray, I am very happy with the outcome on 4K UHD as I feel it fares much better. Colors are strong bringing Germany to life. The color palette is also vibrant bringing out the comic book presentation of the film. Blacks are deep looking. The blacks are some of the best that I have seen on a high definition format for a catalog title. Details are also very good with some very accurate looking Fleshtones. Yet again I was stunned with the sheer amount of details in this print from the faces to even some of the darker scenes during the war torn battles. Dark scenes are well lighted with excellent depth where you never have a hard time viewing the ongoing action. There are hardly any issues for this print, except for a few scenes where there is some noise in darker scenes, but hardly noticeable.
Video Quality: 9.5/10
Audio is presented in Dolby TrueHD 7.1 and Dolby Atmos mix. The audio is excellent receiving receives demo worthy praise. The score here in ‘FURY’ is the total winner. There are times where it is just mesmerizing when there is even just chatter. Bass is just perfect with the score as it gives you that very unpredictable feeling. The soundfield is engaging at all times pulling me in making this a very atmospheric experience. The rears encompass nice directional movement from speaker to speaker. Dialogue is very clean and crisp through the center channel. This is a well balanced mix without having to adjust the volume to hear the dialogue.
Audio Quality: 10/10
- Tiger 131 [HD]
- Heart of Fury [HD]
- Clash of Armor [HD]
- No Guts, No Glory: The Horrors of Combat [HD]
- The Tanks of Fury [HD]
- Trailers [HD]
- Deleted & Extended Scenes [HD]
- Blood Brothers [HD]
- Director’s Combat Journal [HD]
- Armored Warriors: The Real Men Inside the Shermans [HD]
- Taming the Beasts: How to Drive, Fire & Shoot Inside a 30 Ton Tank [HD]
- Photo Gallery [HD]
Special Features: 10/10
The Final Word
Fury is an incredible war film about Norman’s story of the war from wimp recruit to a shell-shocked and battle hardened soldier. This is one of the best war films from the last couple of years only competing with: Inglorious Bastards, American Sniper and the Hurt Locker for the top spot.
Overall Rating: 10/10 (Purchase)