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Sully (DVD) : Review

Film

Sully, the film starring Tom Hanks (Saving Mr Banks), about the now famous airline pilot who put a plane full of people down on the Hudson, has come to the home entertainment circuit at last.

The film is an engrossing drama, interspersed with bouts of thrill, as we view the post and pre-landing stories, bringing a decent amount of rewatch value to those aspects.

Read the full SAMDB review of Sully.

Disc

Sully is available now, to purchase on disc, in South Africa.

Overall, the technical quality of the disc is good, with a good main feature. One could have hoped for more than one bonus feature, and perhaps not just the plain default navigation template, but those are minor issues.

Video

Video is encoded at a high average bitrate. There are no visible artefacts, and no colour bleed. Details remain good in darker scenes.

Those with the relevant hardware or software can scale up to a larger or higher resolution screen, should they wish.

Audio

Audio is encoded at a decent average bitrate. Dialogue is clear via the centre speaker. Use of the surround channels is ample, serving to expand the on-screen world, and further draw the viewer in to the story.

Navigation

Navigation is plain, and easy to use. The disc goes directly to a static main menu, with options for scene selection, languages and special features.

The scene selection sub-menu presents the viewer with several large, still colour thumbnails, giving one a clue as to where in the main feature you are navigating.

The special features sub-menu provides a simple text link to play the single bonus featurette.

Bonus Features

Sully Sullenberger: The Man Behind The Miracle – Hear from the man himself, as Sully Sullenberger shares some background about himself, and gives a first hand account of how the incident on the Hudson changed his life.

An interesting featurette, that is a great companion to the actual film.

This being the only bonus feature, one would have hoped for a few additional items, perhaps even a trailer.

By Andrew Germishuys

Founder of SAMDB, Andrew has worked full time in the film industry since the early 2000's. He has trained as an actor, completing his LAMDA Gold Medal, and attending many courses in Cape Town acting studios, with masterclasses with some of the international industries top directors, producers and filmmakers.

Working as an actor and armourer in the film and television industry have given Andrew a great balance of skills across the board when it comes to the entertainment industry.

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