ANNA is directed by Luc Besson and he has helmed movies such as THE FIFTH ELEMENT, LEON, and LA FEMME NIKITA. In ANNA, the plot immediately made me think of LA FEMME NIKITA with the secret training, giving a lost woman some direction, and the relationship with her handler aspect. Of course with this being made almost 30 years later, there is a need for quicker action and faster cuts in the editing to ramp up the excitement. Sasha Luss plays Anna and if you didn’t catch it, she is the princess from VALERIAN AND THE CITY OF A THOUSAND PLANETS. She has the look and it makes sense to have her be a model being that she was one before acting.
I understand that the story is trying to do something original here but the flashing backward and forward is sometimes jarring if you happen to miss the prompt for the change. It’s a risk that pays off and it is solely my personal preference.
Sasha Luss – Anna Poliatov
Helen Mirren – Olga
Luke Evans – Alexander “Alex” Tchenkov
Cillian Murphy – Leonard Miller
VIDEO QUALITY:The video is a 1080p AVC presentation that has a clean look. The transfer appears to be from a digital source and this shows in a lot of the images. Faces are flawless unless made so by the filmmakers and do show everything with the abundance of closeups. The details in textures are strong and stand out in the various clothing. Coloring such as the reds in the images and blues look especially nice. The skin tones are warm and natural.
The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray comes with Dolby Vision that provides an even darker more full thickness to the black levels while making some of the murky and or brighter scenes more vibrant.
AUDIO QUALITY:The audio is a Dolby Atmos mix that will default to a Dolby Digital 7.1 mix depending on your equipment. The mix is loaded with strong effects when it comes to the gunshots and fighting. The way the camera movies around so there is nothing missed in the mix is incredibly well done. The overhead speakers get some use in the busier scenes but this is sporadic at best. Don’t get me wrong, this is a full mix but there are a lot of scenes that utilize the center channel only. Dialogue is clear and prioritized.
SUPPLEMENTS & PACKAGING-Dressing a Doll: The Costumes of ANNA: This talks about getting the costumes right for the time period.
-Anatomy of a Scene: The Restaurant Fight: This is a breakdown of the best scene in the movie.
-Unnesting a Russian Doll: Making ANNA: This is a making of with interviews of the cast and crew.
-Constructing the Car Chase: This explains the stunts with David Julienne.
2-disc set w/1 Blu-ray and 1 DVD
1080p AVC MPEG-4
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1
English Dolby Atmos
English Dolby TrueHD 7.1
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
English SDH, Spanish