If you’re facing extra home time and are wondering how to fill it, why not immerse yourself in the wonderful world of 4K Ultra HD? We’ve compiled ten of the absolute best to keep you thoroughly entertained.
Not only are all of these great movies, they’re also some of the best showcases of the 4K Ultra HD format out there. We’re not just talking vision, either, with all of these selections featuring the latest in enveloping Dolby Atmos or DTS:X sound technology.
The Greatest Showman
If you’re going to swoon at Hugh Jackman doing his music man thing, why not do it in the best possible fashion? This release rolls up with a native 4K transfer that’s HDR enhanced, accompanied by a rollicking Dolby Atmos soundtrack – plus we get extras on the 4K disc! There’s a commentary from director Michael Gracey, direct access to each musical number and a fun singalong mode, with lyric subtitles appearing during songs as you watch the movie.
Murder on the Orient Express
This slick Agatha Christie update from Kenneth Branagh delivers a delightful pure 4K experience with HDR enhancement. Shot on 65mm film, the transfer to 4K is very much an accomplished one. In fact, it’s one of the most filmic treats that we’ve experienced on 4K UHD, with just the merest hint of grain. As for sound, a Dolby Atmos mix deftly flits between subtle and powerful when required.
The Big Lebowski
Upon its 20th anniversary, it’s time for the dude to abide in 4K, with The Big Lebowski looking the best that it ever has via this HDR-enhanced, native 4K transfer. Detail is often almost too good – we’re not sure that we want to know Walter that intimately! The sound’s no slacker either, with a new DTS:X track bringing the aural vibes. This one will really tie your 4K collection together.
The Fifth Element
Luc Besson’s wild ride space epic finally landed in Australia on 4K Ultra HD, and it’s a stunner. It’s hard to find fault with this highly-detailed, native 4K presentation with HDR enhancement, while audio-wise we just keep on winning. A Dolby Atmos track is the order of the day, and it’s almost as playful as the movie script when it comes to utilising those added height speakers.
Director Damien Chazelle’s very highly-regarded – and with good reason – biopic about world-famous astronaut Neil Armstrong, starring Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy, looks great on 4K Ultra HD, even with its upscaled 2K transfer (featuring both Dolby Vision and standard HDR encoding). This is accompanied by a Dolby Atmos audio track that’s simply massive at times – when big rockets go now it really is something for your ears to behold.
Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw
This spinoff from the Fast & Furious universe brought two of the world’s top action stars in Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham head-to-head for one of the most over-the-top action movie rides going. With Dolby Vision-enhanced sights that bely their 2K origins before upscaling, and Dolby Atmos sounds that will seriously rock your neighbourhood, this is one absolutely stunning demo disc.
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 a brilliant Taika Waititi commentary track.
Toy Story 4
It’s the sequel that we didn’t expect, as Toy Story 3 wrapped things up quite nicely, but who can ever get enough Toy Story? The continuing adventures of Woody, Buzz, Bo and company – along with new chum Forky – hit with a beautiful native 4K transfer featuring HDR enhancement, complete with Dolby Atmos audio and the very welcome addition of two standard Blu-rays jam-packed with extras.
Ridley Scott spirits us away to Rome for this revenge tale of a man who was truly wronged. A pure 4K transfer is the order of the day here, and it’s a good one. Despite a very fine, almost imperceptible grain, detail fares well, while the Dolby Vision treatment brings things to incredible life – as does a new DTS:X mix that really immerses you in the Colosseum action almost as if you were there.
Seven Worlds, One Planet
Sir David Attenborough ventures into the wilds of our Earth to deliver us the story of how our seven continents evolved from one huge super-continental mass known as Pangaea, and how evolution saw the variously distributed fauna adapt to their prevailing conditions. Via seven episodes – one per continent – Seven Worlds, One Planet offers us a look at these creatures in their natural habitats today, often giving glimpses into rarely seen and alarmingly endangered species – and all in stunning, native 4K with Dolby Atmos sound.