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Midway

4K Ultra HD

Blu Ray

  • Score
    82
    from 7 reviewers
  • Midway comes with great video & audio but lacks character development and authentic stakes, leaning on factual history & patriotism.

    Midway 4K UHD Blu-ray Front Cover
    2019
    138 min
    PG-13
    True 4K
    HDR10
    Dolby Vision
    Dolby Atmos
    Dolby TrueHD
  • Video
    90
  • Midway's 4K UHD 2160p transfer in 2.39:1 features a rich, vibrant image with cooler chromatic schemes, occasional thematic color emphasis, nostalgic color grading, and abundant visual effects. A noticeable upgrade from the 1080p Blu-ray, it offers crisp, clean visuals that pop off the screen.

  • Audio
    94
  • Midway's Dolby Atmos audio track delivers a dynamic, immersive, and demo-worthy action experience with atmospheric effects and smooth movement. Despite slightly quiet dialogue, it's a thrilling audio treat for home theaters with Atmos setups.

  • Extra
    80
  • Lionsgate's Midway UHD includes commendable extras like audio commentary, featurettes, and interviews, though quality falls short. Emmerich shares production stories and discusses real-life events, yet often simply describes on-screen action.

  • Movie
    76
  • Midway showcases a gripping mix of heroism and spectacle in Pacific WWII naval warfare. Combining rich historical details and Universal's Sensurround, Emmerich's direction delivers a tense yet visually captivating depiction, despite lacking in nuanced character development.

    True 4K
    HDR10
    Dolby Vision
    Dolby Atmos
    Dolby TrueHD

    Director: Roland Emmerich

    Actors: Ed Skrein, Patrick Wilson, Woody Harrelson

    Plot

    In the early days of World War II, after the devastating attack on Pearl Harbor by the Imperial Japanese Navy, the United States Navy is left reeling and in disarray. The film follows the story of several key military figures and pilots who are tasked with fortifying the American fleet and retaliating against the Japanese aggression. Among these are intelligence officer Lieutenant Commander Edwin Layton, who has deep knowledge of Japanese strategies from his time in Tokyo, and dive bomber pilot Lieutenant Richard "Dick" Best, who is headstrong and determined.

    As the Americans scramble to decode Japanese communications and guess their next move, Admiral Chester Nimitz takes command of the Pacific Fleet, bringing a sense of leadership crucial to rebuilding the demoralized forces. The film portrays the camaraderie among the sailors and pilots who are united in their mission to strike back and turn the tide of the war. Tensions rise as American cryptologists race against time to break Japanese naval codes, piecing together intelligence that suggests a major offensive is imminent. All signs point to the remote island of Midway as the next target, setting the stage for a monumental clash between the rival forces. The Americans, now somewhat prepared, begin to lay out a counter strategy, hoping to surprise the Japanese and check their expansion in the Pacific.

    Disc Release Date: 18 February 2020

    All Scores & Reviews

    avforums review by Simon Crust
    • Video
      80
    • Despite the 2K limitations, the image is rich and vibrant

    • Audio
      100
    • The Atmos track is dynamite

    • Extra
      60
    • Top marks for Lionsgate for including the extras on the UHD, shame about their actual quality

    • Movie
      70
    • It's hard not to be moved by the sheer spectacle of it all

    • Total
      80
    • Although not entirely free from the Emmerich schmaltz, this retelling of the battle for Midway has its heart in the right place

    Blu-ray.com review by Jeffrey Kauffman
    • Video
      90
    • There's still an unmistakable green screen look to some of the backgrounds, but on the whole, I felt even this element was improved in the 4K presentation....

    • Audio
      90
    • Kind of ironically given the less than laudatory reviews the 1976 Midway's Blu-ray release received by some who actually remembered the original Sensurround experience, this Midway absolutely glories in...

    • Extra
      100
    • Lionsgate has commendably included the same package of supplements on both the 1080p and 2160p discs: Audio Commentary by Roland Emmerich Getting it Right: The Making of Midway (1080p; 14:16) is an okay...

    • Movie
      70
    • Despite that "new, improved" aspect to the audio element, a lot of the rest of the 1976 version of Midway seemed positively old fashioned, including a rather odd preponderance of stock footage and even...

    • Total
      50
    • In that regard, while this version wasn't a complete home run for me, there's absolutely no question in my mind that this version manages to stick to mostly real life characters and deliver its story in...

    The Digital Bits review by Bill Hunt
    • Video
      90
    • But so much has been done to the image in post production, including adding a coarse film grain effect, a nostalgic color grade, and abundant smoke, explosions, and dense atmospherics, that much of the...

    • Audio
      95
    • Movement is smooth and natural, as aircraft swoop all around the listening space, and the mix has plenty of low-end bluster....

    • Extra
      75
    • Emmerich offers the expected production and casting anecdotes, but too often he simply describes what’s happening on the screen....

    • Movie
      70
    • But with tensions running high and the situation desperate, Admiral Chester Nimitz (Woody Harrelson) arrives in Hawaii with orders to turn things around and prevent an invasion of the American homeland....

    • Total
      83
    • Roland Emmerich’s Midway isn’t bad—there’s real enjoyment to be found here, especially for fans of history and war films....

    • Video
      80
    • Even fireballs push extremes; many bloat the oranges, pairing with the flesh tones soaking in the same hues....

    • Audio
      100
    • Engines spare nothing as they pass, turning Midway into a mix that’s felt as much as heard....

    • Extra
      60
    • Roland Emmerich begins this section with a commentary, followed by a 14-minute making of, fueled by EPK interviews....

    • Movie
      40
    • Star Ed Skrein produces a hackneyed accent and stock heroism without nuance – the latter true for Midway as a whole....

    • Total
      70
    • Midway indulges in messy, repetitive, and choreographed action, made worse through sloppy exposition in the script that drives hokey patriotism instead of authentic stakes....

    High-Def Digest review by Bryan Kluger
    • Video
      90
    • Midway dive bombs into a 2160p 4K Ultra-HD transfer in Dolby Vision that is a noticeable upgrade from its 1080p Blu-ray version. The rich color palette and vivid detail are a delight to watch here.Right...

    • Audio
      100
    • Midway is in fact a demo-worthy Dolby Atmos audio track that provides the best action listening experience for those with Atmos setups. It's one of the more fun and thrilling audio listening experiences...

    • Extra
      60
    • There are about 68 minutes worth of bonus features located here, including discussions about the real-life people and events of the movie, an audio commentary, and a sweet talk with two veterans.Audio...

    • Movie
      50
    • The infamous director Roland Emmerich once told a story about a giant alien invasion and war on modern-day Earth led by Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum in Independence Day. That film catapulted the filmmaker...

    • Total
      80
    • Midway gets in the way of itself by leaning all the way over on being historically factual more than telling a cinematic story with good character development and thrilling action sequences. There is a...

    AVSForum review by Ralph Potts
    • Video
      91
    • Midway is a period war drama that adheres to relatively cooler chromatic schemes, with the exception of sequences that call for richer color to provide thematic emphasis, which doesn't make for especially...

    • Audio
      96
    • The use of audio objects placed above and at ear level is a mix of atmospherics, discrete effects and music. This is done to excellent effect and creates a tangible level of immersion that coincides with...

    • Extra
      70
    • Disc 1: Midway Ultra HD Blu-rayDisc 2: Midway Blu-ray• Audio Commentary by Roland Emmerich• “Getting It Right: The Making of Midway” Featurette• “The Men of Midway” Featurette• “Roland Emmerich: Man on...

    • Movie
      70
    • Six months later, the Battle of Midway commences on June 4, 1942, as the Japanese navy once again plans a strike against American naval forces on the small island in the Pacific. For the next three days,...

    • Total
      82
    • It comes to Blu-ray from Lionsgate Home Entertainment in this Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack featuring excellent overall video quality, killer lossless surround sound (including a terrific Dolby Atmos mix)...

    Why So Blu? review by Adam Toroni-Byrne
    • Video
      100
    • It’s obvious in this presentation, but also not a knock, as that’s what 4K fans want is crisp, clean and popping off the screen....

    • Audio
      100
    • Dialogue is presented in the center channel, and if I had one small gripe about the mix, it’s that the dialogue is just a tad quiet....

    • Extra
      50
    • The Men of Midway (12:24): About the factual characters of the film Roland Emmerich, Man on a Mission (4:57): Emmerich on his long-standing desire to make the film....

    • Movie
      40
    • Even worse is when we cut to the Japanese side of the battle, filling the screen again with many faces, but nobody doing much....

    • Total
      60
    • Wooden acting, an overstuffing of characters, hokey looking effects, and the usual ham-handed direction of Emmerich has sealed the fate of this film as yet another forgettable attempt at presenting the...