One of the most wonderfully big and dumb disaster action films ever, 2012, makes it onto 4K Ultra HD. So, does it float, or sink?
The story: We reckon the recipe for 2012 was to take pretty much every disaster movie ever, jam them all in a blender with a handful of classic action hero titles, mix it on high for a few minutes, and pour it all out onscreen. Plot? Umm… Earth’s melting down from the inside, so several folk try to get the heck out of Didge and onto one of a handful of giant arks being made to hopefully withstand all the continental shifting, tidal waving horrors that are unleashed.
Noah: “Wow, that’s a big plane.”
Yuri: “It’s Russian, uh.”
The 4K disc: With effects on effects on effects – well, an incredible number of digital effects – and the movie finished at 2K resolution, we were keen to see how 2012 fared on 4K. Upscaling has its charms, and while this isn’t the most minutely detailed film that you’ll see on the format, it is an improvement over the Blu-ray. Then there’s the HDR, which really lifts the visual presentation, giving a boldness to proceedings that enriches the spectacle immensely.
We hope that many will agree that sound is one of the most important parts of big dumb disaster epics, and the sound here is a sonic tour de force. Everything pumps at you via 7.1.4 channel Dolby Atmos, and it’s stunning. Sub-bass barely shuts up throughout, while height channels get a great workout with everything from choppers to putting us right in the midst of massive crashing waves. File under “sound demo”, or “annoy neighbours”.
The 4K disc itself delivers more than just all of the aforementioned big dumb fun, as it houses a ~44-minute Discovery Channel doco looking at prophecies for the year 2012 (spoiler alert: they didn’t happen), as well as six trailers for the movie. On top of the movie, the standard Blu-ray that’s handily included packs an audio commentary, picture-in-picture presentation, deleted scenes, an alternate ending and a selection of featurettes.
Release date: February 3, 2020
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring: John Cusack, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Amanda Peet
Want to know what to get next? Check out STACK‘s 4K Ultra HD specifications guide.