Anna – 4K UHD Review

Anna is a 2019 English-language French action thriller film that was written, produced, and directed by Luc Besson.  The film stars Sasha Luis as the eponymous assassin, alongside Luke Evans, Cillian Murphy, Helen Mirren, and Alexander Petrov (in his debut English-language role).

Anna, a woman who has been the victim of domestic abuse, sees no point in continuing her life.  In a turning point of her life, she reluctantly accepts an offer by KGB officer Alex.  After a year of training, she is to work as a KGB assassin for five years under a handler named Olga, after which she will be free to continue her life as she pleases.  KGB head Vassiliev is not willing to honor this agreement, and implies that the only way out of the KGB is death.

On October 9, 2017, it was reported that Luc Besson’s next film would be Anna, with Europa Corp producing the film while Lionsgate Films is handling the distribution under their Summit Entertainment label.  Principal photography began early in November 2017.  The film was theatrically released in the United States on June 21, 2019 by Summit Entertainment and on July 10, 2019 by Pathe in France.  It received mixed reviews from critics and ended up grossing approximately $28 million worldwide.

The Film Itself (3.5/5):

After seeing the 4K copy of Anna show up at my doorstep, my first reaction was that this was going to be something along the same lines as Wanted meeting Red Sparrow; and, boy was I wrong. The story and presentation of this film follow along the same lines as La Femme Nikita. It will give you a decent amount of interesting plot points, but those serious moments could’ve been better delivered. As my wife and I watched along the other night, we found ourselves occasionally welcoming a distraction. I think that if there were more of a serious undertone with the film, we would’ve found the experience to be better.

Picture Quality (4.5/5):

Presented in a 2.39:1 aspect ratio courtesy of Lionsgate Films, the 4K UHD release of Anna provides audience members a pretty solidly built display of events. While it isn’t necessarily something to write home about, but the saturation of the finer details were visually pleasing. Some of the camera shots that were used in the filming of this movie were really nice and offered a considerably unique vantage point. The more naturally lit scenes of this film are what really stood out with the UHD presentation, as they offered an extremely clean and crisp presentation of some of the inner-city-scapes.

Audio Quality (5/5):

Packaged with an English Dolby Atmos audio track, the 4K UHD release of Anna packs an insanely immersive audio experience that just rips through home entertainment systems. With its beautifully positioned effects and recognition of the audience as the surround channels come into play, my wife and I were both in absolute awe as we watched along. Dialogue is spoken cleanly, and the characters are able to be heard and understood without any issues at all.

The Packaging (3/5):

The 4K UHD release of Anna comes packaged in the standard two-disc amaray case.  In that case, the 4K UHD copy and the Blu-ray copy of the movie.  Neither disc feature any artwork outside of the standard release text.  There is a digital copy redemption pamphlet included for the various streaming platforms; but, there is no slipcover available for this release.

Special Features (2.5/5):

There are a few special features included with the UHD release of Anna. Despite being a fun adventure, and something I liked exploring, they really aren’t anything unique for the movie and could’ve been more in-depth. Included with this release is:

  • Dressing a Doll: The Costumes of Anna
  • Anatomy of a Scene: The Restaurant Fight
  • Unnesting a Russian Doll: Making Anna
  • Constructing the Car Chase

Technical Specs:

Video

Codec: HEVC / H.265 (74.48 Mbps)

Resolution: 4K (2160p)

HDR: Dolby Vision + HDR10

Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1

Original Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1

Audio

English: Dolby Atmos

English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)

Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles

English SDH, Spanish

Runtime

Original Film: 119 Minutes

Final Thoughts:

Overall, Anna wasn’t a horrible experience. I think my wife and I just expected more excitement with the synopsis we’d seen before diving into it. The story has a good amount of interest points that it was able to keep our attention for the most part. The video and audio presentation were really good, with the audio experience being the most notable property of this release. The special features were okay at best, and could’ve been a tad more inclusive. If you’re looking to add this to your collection, I’d recommend checking it out before committing to a purchase. Maybe rent it first, or wait until it’s on sale to pick it up. Anna is available on 4K UHD, Blu-ray and DVD today.

Note: This Blu-ray was sent to us for review. This has not affected our judgement or editorial process in any way. Please contact us if you have any questions regarding this process.