THE HURRICANE HEIST 4k Ultra HD and Blu-ray Review
The Video -4k UHD
The Video - Blu-ray
Outside is a small town in the south, there is a government facility that shreds and destroys US dollar bills pulled out of circulation. ATF Agent Corbyn is in charge of the three truckloads of bills and on this same day, there is a hurricane rolling in. When the money arrives, the shredder goes down and Corbyn gets the local mechanic Breeze Rutledge to come fix it. Turns out that some of the people in the facility are there to steal the money.
Rob Cohen is the director for THE HURRICANE HEIST. He has directed a ton of films but his biggest claim to fame is original THE FAST AND THE FURIOUS. This movie has the “Rob Cohen” experience with big action, big stunts, a simple plot, and suped-up car.
Toby Kebbell – Will Rutledge
Maggie Grace – Casey Corbyn
Ryan Kwanten – Breeze Rutledge
Ralph Ineson – Connor Perkins
Melissa Bolona – Sasha Van Dietrich
Ben Cross – Sheriff Jimmy Dixon,
Jamie Andrew Cutler – Clement Rice
Christian Contreras – Agent Randy Moreno
Jimmy Walker – Xander Rice
Ed Birch – Frears
Moyo Akande – Jaqi
The video is a 2160p HEVC presentation that has a good picture for a stormy mess. Aside from the final shot, a lot of the brighter colors come from the screens of the various computers. Also, the sun breaking through at the final moment looks really nice. The outdoor scenes have grey skies and a severe lack of sunlight before as well as while the storm hits. Mid-storm debris is moving around at all times and some of it can look very CG on the format. There are some solid blacks and strong contrasting. This is better seen with the HDR on the 4k and possibly the only major improvement over the Blu-ray.
The video is a 1080p AVC presentation that doesn’t have too many differences from the 4k transfer. There are some points where the coloring jumps out just like the computers and certain clothing. The details are solid throughout the movie.
The audio is a Dolby Atmos mix that defaults to a Dolby TrueHD 7.1 mix depending on the equipment. The mix is the same on both formats. This is a highly engaging and immersive mix that rarely lets up. When the movie begins, the storm never lets up and seems right on top of what’s happening. Then on the present day before the storm arrives, you can hear the weather in the distance. Either way, the overhead speakers make it seem like you are sitting in the middle of what’s happening. The thunder makes the LFEs hit incredibly hard but its clean bass. The mix also does a good job of mixing the storm with the other sounds like gunfire or car engines.
SUPPLEMENTS & PACKAGING
-Audio Commentary: with Director Rob Cohen
-Eye of the Storm: This extras has some interviews and how they made the storm work on screen.
-Hollywood Heist: A Conversation with Rob Cohen: This is a 24-minute conversation with the filmmaker and how he has survived Hollywood.
-VFX Reel: This is an extra with how the effects are finished.
2-disc set w/ 1 4k UHD and 1 Blu-ray
2160p HEVC H.265
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
English Dolby Atmos
English Dolby TrueHD 7.1
1080p AVC MPEG-4
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
THE BOTTOM LINE:
THE HURRICANE HEIST is an action movie but it’s very superficial. A lot of people call these movies “popcorn flicks” because they’re all visually appealing but short on plot. The release has a really good video transfer but the audio is the real showstopper here. It gets the job done and it is a killer mix. The storm is a much a character as any of the actors and its nice that they treat it with respect. The extras on the disc are decent and they explain a lot of Cohen’s process on a movie. Overall, fans of the film or director are going to like this but if you’re uncertain, definitely rent it first.