The Plot: On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the "Miracle on the Hudson" when Captain Chesley "Sully" Sullenberger (Tom Hanks) and his co-pilot (Aaron Eckhart) glided their disabled plane onto the icy waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 people aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career (Disc sleeve).
The video: Shot using Arri Alexa 65 cameras, Sully: Miracle on the Hudson splashes down on Blu-ray with a eye-opening 2.40:1 digital-to-digital 1080p encode. Imagery is razor-sharp with impeccable clarity inherent in every shot. Close-ups prove particularly detailed, revealing hairs, pock-marks and facial scars. The colour palette is fairly muted, leaning towards a rather grey appearance, but it suits the real-world nature of the material and doesn't impact on flesh tones. Meanwhile, black levels are superb and there's plenty of shadow detail. And the plane crash sequences are particularly convincing (HCC 272, May 2017) (5).
The audio: From the nightmare that opens the film, Sully: Miracle on the Hudon's sound design really makes good use of its Dolby Atmos (7.1.4, defaulting of course to the core 7.1 Dolby TrueHD stream in the absence of necessary equipment that can decode the proper object-based Dolby Atmos data) soundstage. Use of the height channels is very effective – not just in the flashbacks to the incident itself, but also in the way the film transitions out of them, with aircraft noise carrying up and over you from behind as the action moves back to the present (5).