If you’re updating to the best format then you also need the best content. As selected by STACK, these ten titles on 4K Ultra HD deliver the most stunning picture and sound quality available. The perfect foundation on which to build your 4K collection.
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI
Every new Star Wars movie is a huge event, but this one has been made even huger thanks to it being the first episode of the epic space saga to make its way to 4K Ultra HD – and it does it in spectacular style. If you’re into Star Wars then you’re likely up with the story behind this one. As the Resistance prepares for battle with the First Order, young Rey is boning up on her incredibly strong Force abilities with old Skywalker. As for The Last Jedi on 4K Ultra HD, great news is that it features a pure 4K transfer – you seriously won’t believe how good this one looks. Not only does it feature HDR enhancement for better brightness, contrast and colour, it also packs in a Dolby Vision treatment if all of your equipment supports it. Seriously, you’ll feel like you’re on Ahch-To – do pet a Porg for us while you’re there, please? The sonic department is no slouch either, with a whoosh-heavy Dolby Atmos aural assault making this the most exciting Star Wars home cinema experience ever. Add a 95-minute doco, commentary, 23 minutes of deleted scenes and more extras, and this is one awesome package.
The superhero universe is vast, and it features all manner of different tones. Logan ups the grittier side, as we enter a near future that sees a world-weary Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) tending to an increasingly unwell Professor X – a good excuse for the clawed X-Man to hide away from the world. But when a young mutant enters Logan’s life, everything changes… A detailed, HDR-enhanced 4K transfer does every speck of dust in Logan’s orbit justice, while everything from the merest hint of a sound to the loudest of bangs imaginable launches forth in a glorious Dolby Atmos mix. Goodies include a commentary, making-of and deleted scenes.
Aspiring young musician Miguel has a problem – his urge to play music is at odds with its forbidden nature in his household. This calling to music – and desire to find out the story behind the longstanding ban – leads to him attending a very interesting family reunion on Mexico’s annual Day of the Dead. That’s a ceremony known for it’s wild explosions of colour, and this 4K release ably delivers them to your screen, made even more amazing by the HDR enhancement. Hopefully you haven’t banned music, as Coco is full of it, in pleasing Dolby Atmos. Extras include a commentary, plus a string of featurettes and deleted scenes.
Letting Taika Waititi loose in the Marvel Cinematic Universe was a stroke of genius, with him delivering one of the best – and funniest – Marvel movie outings yet. Plus, added Jeff Goldblum! As Thor races to save his home of Asgard from destruction, we get to revel in the 4K Ultra HD capturing all the colourful action brilliantly – with no little thanks to the wonders of HDR – while a Dolby Atmos sound mix doesn’t disappoint. Extras on the included Blu-ray feature a short film, docos, deleted and extended scenes, a gag reel and possibly the best thing of all beyond the movie itself – a brilliant Taika Waititi commentary track.
MEN IN BLACK
Barry Sonnenfeld’s Men in Black hit at the height of 1990s “the truth is out there” mania, putting a comedic twist on the whole aliens-are-among-us riff. Great casting – Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith as the titular characters – helped, as the latter becomes the latest recruit to don the shades and suit before being let loose with a “flashy thing”. The video presentation on this release is, appropriately, stellar, with a native 4K transfer offering incredible detail. Meanwhile, a new Dolby Atmos sound mix doesn’t let the exemplary transfer down at all. Extras include a commentary, games and a Will Smith music video.
CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND
Strange things are afoot, as Roy Neary (Richard Dreyfuss) comes into direct contact with a UFO – and has the “sunburn” to prove it. Roy is haunted by the experience and, becomingly increasingly unhinged, sees visions of some sort of mountain. It definitely means something, so he seeks answers… Meanwhile, we’re treated to a choice of any of the three distinct cuts of Close Encounters included in 4K, all painstakingly restored in what was reportedly a mammoth task. Spielberg personally approved the HDR on this masterpiece, which comes with a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix. Deleted scenes, plus old and new docos, are just some of the bonus features.
The “merc with a mouth” breaks more than just the fourth wall as his origin story is laid bare for all. Ex-Special Forces dude Wade Wilson undergoes an experiment that leaves him horribly disfigured – but also otherwise pretty much indestructible. Armed with his new powers, a natty superhero suit and a wicked sense of humour, he hunts down those who made him this way. We’d like to hunt down those who did this 4K transfer – and thank them, as it totally rocks. We’ll also share some love with those responsible for the super-fun Dolby Atmos sound spectacular. Hey, we’ve got a lot of love to give! Oh yeah – commentaries, gag reel, deleted scenes, “fun sack”, blah blah blah.
BLADE RUNNER 2049
Set 30 years after the first film, a new blade runner discovers a secret that could plunge what’s left of society into chaos. So begins a quest to find former LAPD blade runner Rick Deckard, who’s been missing for 30 years. The disc comes to us in an HDR-enhanced (or Dolby Vision if you have all the right equipment) form in beautiful 4K, giving cinematographer Roger Deakins’ work a chance to really shine. It really does look a treat. Meanwhile, a crisp Dolby Atmos soundtrack will really get your home theatre jumping – and, at times, thumping. Detailed featurettes and three short prequels number amongst the extras.
Nobody puts Baby in a corner, but he sure is adept at taking them in his WRX – often sideways. Cars are vital in Edgar Wright’s red-hot, action-fuelled heist drama with a love story mixed in, but the music is just as crucial. The all-encompassing Dolby Atmos track that features here is an absolute cracker, and easily one of the best that we’ve heard – and we’ve heard a lot of them! Meanwhile, the sumptuous 4K Ultra HD vision is HDR-infused. Bonus stuff junkies will revel in two commentaries, 20-plus minutes of deleted and extended scenes, more than 40 minutes of behind-the-scenes action, and quite a bit more.
GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL. 2
Three humanoids, a raccoon and a tree walk into a ba- oh yeah, it isn’t the setup for a joke… Our heroes – the Guardians – return and have to face Kurt Russell, who’s determined to rule the galaxy. Plus, you’ll believe that a tree can dance! Disney’s debut 4K Ultra HD release is a stormer. With its wild colours and HDR enhancement it really looks quite spectacular, but it’s the absolutely huge Dolby Atmos sound mix that really elevates it to the kind of disc that you demo your home cinema setup with. Don’t miss the James Gunn commentary, the Hasselhoff-infused music video, or pretty much any of the plethora of bonus goodies.
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