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Directed by Paul W.S. Anderson
USA 1997

 

Its name: Event Horizon. The high-tech, pioneering research spacecraft mysteriously vanished without a trace on its maiden voyage seven years earlier. But a weak, persistent signal from the long-missing craft prompts a rescue team, headed by the intrepid Captain Miller (Laurence Fishburne), to wing its way through the galaxy on a bold rescue mission. Accompanying Miller is his elite crew and the lost ship's designer (Sam Neill). What they uncover is unimaginable interstellar horror.

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Seven years ago, pioneering research spacecraft “Event Horizon” mysteriously vanished without a trace on its maiden voyage. But then, in the darkness of deep space, a persistent signal prompts a rescue crew to wing its way through the galaxy on a bold rescue mission. What they uncover is an unimaginable interstellar horror that will test the entire team’s sanity and souls.

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Theatrical Release: October 21st, 1994

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Review: Paramount - Region FREE - 4K UHD

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Runtime 1:35:54.331        
Video

2.35:1 2160P 4K Ultra HD

Disc Size: 65,116,975,294 bytes

Feature: 64,767,651,840 bytes

Video Bitrate: 60.97 Mbps

Codec: HEVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate 4K Ultra HD:

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Dolby TrueHD Audio English 5464 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 4824 kbps / 24-bit (AC3 Embedded: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / DN -23dB)
Dolby Digital Audio German 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / DN -26dB
Dolby Digital Audio Spanish 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / DN -25dB
Dolby Digital Audio French 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / DN -27dB
Dolby Digital Audio Italian 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / DN -27dB
Dolby Digital Audio Japanese 640 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 640 kbps / DN -24dB

Subtitles English, English (SDH), German, Spanish, French, Italian, Japanese, None
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2.35:1 2160P 4K Ultra HD

Disc Size: 65,116,975,294 bytes

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Video Bitrate: 60.97 Mbps

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Paramount - Region FREE - Blu-ray

• Commentary by Director Paul W.S. Anderson and Producer Jeremy Bolt
• The Making of Event Horizon – 5 Documentaries (1:43:01 in total):
-Into the Jaws of Darkness
-The Body of the Beast
-Liberate Tutume Ex Infernis
-The Scale to Hell
-The Womb of Fear
• Secrets - Deleted Scenes: (optional commentary) (26:36)
• The Unseen Event Horizon:
-The Un-Filmed Rescue Scene (optional commentary) (2:52)
-Conceptual Art (3:20)
• The Point of No Return : the Filming of Event Horizon (optional commentary)(8:03)
• Theatrical trailer (in HD!) and video trailer


4K Ultra HD Release Date: August 9th, 2022
Steelcase 4K Ultra HD Case inside transparent slipcase

Chapters 17

 

 

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NOTE: The below Blu-ray and 4K UHD captures were taken directly from the respective discs.

ADDITION: Paramount 4K UHD (August 2022): Paramount are releasing Paul W.S. Anderson's "Event Horizon" to a steelbook-cased 4K UHD. There is a lot to say here. Firstly the package includes a second disc Blu-ray. It is the exact same one that Paramount released in 2008 (reviewed HERE), as evidenced by the file dates:

NOTE: In 2021 there was a Shout! Factory Blu-ray released of "Event Horizon" with a 4K restoration, HERE, but we don't own it to compare.

There are two major factors at play here. Firstly the obvious vertical stretching (thinner faces) of the 2008 Blu-ray (yes, the same Blu-ray included in this Paramount 4K UHD) which are more apparent in direct comparison. But 'Carl' did tell us in 2008 (from our review):

NOTE: Carl in email tells us: "This release is still vertically stretched. Maybe on encoding the original 1080p master for the last special edition they just scaled vertically to fit 1.85:1 into 1.78:1, but maybe there is another explanation.

You can tell its stretched in the corridor shot and the screen graphics which should be circular, but look like horizontally narrow ovals instead.
The stretching was not there in the original DVD releases nor in the European DVD releases.

It seems to have occurred when making the last US DVD special edition where this stretching was first appeared. Now the stretching seems to have carried over to the USA blu-ray release.
' (Thanks Carl!)

Well, with direct comparison with the HDR-utilized 4K UHD we can see how much it is stretched. It's a lot - an error that was never rectified and remains in this 1080P 14 years later.

The second factor is also significant and is in regards to the 2160P 4K UHD transfer. Event Horizon was shot with the Panavision Panaflex Platinum... in 35mm. Where is the grain? It appears to have been removed and the resulting image is waxy morass, losing definition to the stretched BD. Strangely the extensive, if dated, effects are eye-candy that distract from the soft facial close-ups. It's not that it looked horrible on my system - the grandiose effects helped the overall - but it is not particularly impressive or film-like 4K image with the grain removal.    

It is likely that the monitor you are seeing this review is not an HDR-compatible display (High Dynamic Range) or Dolby Vision, where each pixel can be assigned with a wider and notably granular range of color and light. Our capture software if simulating the HDR (in a uniform manner) for standard monitors. This should make it easier for us to review more 4K UHD titles in the future and give you a decent idea of its attributes on your system. So our captures may not support the exact same colors (coolness of skin tones, brighter or darker hues etc.) as the 4K system at your home. But the framing, detail, grain texture support etc. are, generally, not effected by this simulation representation.

NOTE: 50 more more full resolution (3840 X 2160) 4K UHD captures, in lossless PNG format, for Patrons are available HERE

We have reviewed the following 4K UHD packages to date: Get Carter (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Killing (software uniformly simulated HDR), Killer's Kiss (software uniformly simulated HDR), Out of Sight (software uniformly simulated HDR), Raging Bull (software uniformly simulated HDR), Shaft (1971),  (software uniformly simulated HDR), Double Indemnity (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Untouchables (software uniformly simulated HDR) For a Few Dollars More (no HDR), Saboteur (software uniformly simulated HDR), Marnie (software uniformly simulated HDR), Shadow of a Doubt (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (software uniformly simulated HDR), A Fistful of Dollars (no HDR), In the Heat of the Night (no HDR), Jack Reacher (software uniformly simulated HDR), Death Wish II (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Apartment (no HDR), The Proposition (software uniformly simulated HDR), Nightmare Alley (2021) (software uniformly simulated HDR), Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Godfather (software uniformly simulated HDR), Le Crecle Rouge (software uniformly simulated HDR), An American Werewolf in London (software uniformly simulated HDR), A Hard Day's Night (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Piano (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Great Escape (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Red Shoes (software uniformly simulated HDR), Citizen Kane (software uniformly simulated HDR), Unbreakable (software uniformly simulated HDR), Mulholland Dr. (software uniformly simulated HDR), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Hills Have Eyes (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Servant (software uniformly simulated HDR), Anatomy of a Murder (software uniformly simulated HDR), Taxi Driver  (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Wolf Man (1941) (software uniformly simulated HDR), Frankenstein (1931) (software uniformly simulated HDR),  Deep Red (software uniformly simulated HDR),  Misery (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Silence of the Lambs (software uniformly simulated HDR), John Carpenter's "The Thing" (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Cat' o'Nine Tails (software uniformly simulated HDR),  The Bird With the Crystal Plumage (software uniformly simulated HDR), Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (software uniformly simulated HDR), Perdita Durango (software uniformly simulated HDR),  Django (software uniformly simulated HDR) Fanny Lye Deliver'd (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, (NO HDR applied to disc),  Rollerball (software uniformly simulated HDR),  Chernobyl  (software uniformly simulated HDR), Daughters of Darkness (software uniformly simulated HDR), Vigilante (software uniformly simulated HDR), Tremors (software uniformly simulated HDR), Cinema Paradiso (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Bourne Legacy (software uniformly simulated HDR), Full Metal Jacket (software uniformly simulated HDR),  Psycho (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Birds (software uniformly simulated HDR), Rear Window (software uniformly simulated HDR), Vertigo (software uniformly simulated HDR) Spartacus (software uniformly simulated HDR), Jaws (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Invisible Man, (software uniformly simulated HDR), Steven Spielberg's War of the Worlds (software uniformly simulated HDR), Lucio Fulci's 1979 Zombie  (software uniformly simulated HDR),, 2004's Van Helsing (software uniformly simulated HDR),  The Shallows (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Bridge on the River Kwai (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Deer Hunter (software uniformly simulated HDR),  The Elephant Man (software uniformly simulated HDR), A Quiet Place (software uniformly simulated HDR), Easy Rider (software uniformly simulated HDR), Suspiria (software uniformly simulated HDR), Pan's Labyrinth (software uniformly simulated HDR) The Wizard of Oz, (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Shining, (software uniformly simulated HDR), Batman Returns (software uniformly simulated HDR), Don't Look Now (software uniformly simulated HDR), The Man Who Killed Killed and then The Bigfoot  (software uniformly simulated HDR), Bram Stoker's Dracula (software uniformly simulated HDR), Lucy (software uniformly simulated HDR), They Live (software uniformly simulated HDR), Shutter Island (software uniformly simulated HDR),  The Matrix (software uniformly simulated HDR), Alien (software uniformly simulated HDR), Toy Story (software uniformly simulated HDR),  A Few Good Men (software uniformly simulated HDR),  2001: A Space Odyssey (HDR caps udated), Schindler's List (simulated HDR), The Neon Demon (No HDR), Dawn of the Dead (No HDR), Saving Private Ryan (simulated HDR and 'raw' captures), Suspiria (No HDR), The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (No HDR), The Big Lebowski, and I Am Legend (simulated and 'raw' HDR captures).

On their 4K UHD, Paramount use a similar TrueHD (sole English-language option), 5.1 surround track, also offering (with a handful of foreign-language DUBS and subtitle options) although it is far more robust than the 2008 Blu-ray (5464 kbps to the BD's 3452.) It's pretty intense - laced with effects and jumping bass and the TrueHD is up to the challenge with vast separations spreading the breadth of your surround channels. I'd venture to say the aggressive track is more viable than the image. This will surely rock your floorboards and windows with dynamic bass response - thanks to the film! The, occasionally intense, score is by Michael Kamen (The Dead Zone, Venom, Mona Lisa, Polyester, Road House, Company Business) with collaboration from the electronic dance music duo Orbital providing synthesized, unsettling, sounds. The result is an energetic, if not especially memorable, track for Event Horizon that is filled with bombastic, piercing, effects. They can punctuate scenes with dominance - a huge, actually overwhelming, part of the viewing experience. The disc offers optional subtitles (sample below) - and is, like all 4K UHD, region FREE, playable worldwide.  

There are zero extras on the 4K UHD disc - they didn't even port over the commentary. But the second disc 2008 Blu-ray, is here with supplements all taken from the last 2-disc SCE DVD (all in SD too.) No one can fault director Anderson for not giving his time to these extras - with a full commentary and optional ones on a couple of the deleted scenes etc. Anderson and Producer Bolt soldiered through it with plenty of production details. Somewhat exhausting is the 5-part Making of... feature which actually has a longer running time than the film itself. You have the evolution of the film and much more on production and effects. We certainly don't want to look a gift-horse in the mouth and for those keen enough on the film - the extras are available to indulge (conveniently on the one disc with the feature sporting a high bitrate). I will admit seeing them did marginally increase my appreciation of the film - a massive amount of work went into the creation of Event Horizon. There is also a trailer in HD! The package has a handsome Steelbook case in a plastic transparent sleeve - and there is a digital download leaflet with code.

Paramount's release of
Paul W.S. Anderson's "Event Horizon" to a Steelbook-cased 4K UHD has some issues, I'm afraid. Let's talk about the film; firstly,
What is an "Event Horizon"? In astrophysics, the term was coined by Wolfgang Rindler in the 1950s. It's a boundary beyond which events cannot affect an observer. Anderson's film starts as a fairly intelligent science-fiction horror stacked with effects - gore and deep space technos in darkness with beams of filtered light. "Event Horizon was a commercial and critical failure but has developed a cult following in recent years. It states on Wikipedia HERE, that "He (Anderson) incorporated significant influences of moderately successful horror films such as Robert Wise's The Haunting (1963) and Kubrick's The Shining (1980), because they created suspense from the unknown—the evil presence was hidden from the viewer—and their endings induced ambiguities of perception in the audience." Many scenes in "Event Horizon" are well realized and it has some striking horror imagery with intense sound effects but we can neither endorse the film (although I have gained minor appreciation) nor these Paramount digital versions - except to the less-discerning home theater owner - who is a devout fan of Anderson's film. To each his own.   

Gary Tooze

 

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