Hooking yourself up with a disc-based PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X? If having the latest tech in gaming isn’t enough, you’re also unleashing a whole world of 4K Ultra HD movie watching – and once you’ve tasted 4K, there’s no going back.
To help you in your trip into 4K, STACK’s gamer types have curated this collection of must-see 4K Ultra HD releases for you to check out, highlighting the best that the format has to offer.
BACK TO THE FUTURE TRILOGY
All three classic Back to the Future films lovingly remastered in 4K to celebrate the first film’s 35th anniversary? Yes, please! Each movie, every one somebody’s favourite, comes to us in native 4K resolution with Dolby Vision/HDR 10+ enhancement, and brand-new Dolby Atmos mixes that have been created for each film. Plus, it’s also packaged with standard Blu-rays full of extras.
BLADE RUNNER: THE FINAL CUT
The only one of a confusing array of five cuts that director Ridley Scott actually had full control over hit 4K with fully-restored vision and audio. Set in the far future world of, erm, 2019, everything about the HDR-enhanced 4K transfer and Atmos audio track here is superb, resulting in a top shelf 4K experience that makes it hard to believe that the film dates back to 1982.
The “merc with a mouth” breaks more than the fourth wall as his origin story is laid bare for all. We’d like to send kudos to those who did this 4K transfer, 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…
FAST & FURIOUS: HOBBS & SHAW
This spin-off 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 stunning Dolby Vision-enhanced sights and bombastic Dolby Atmos sounds that will seriously rock your neighbourhood, this really is one absolutely stunning demo disc (and a fun flick!).
It’s the simple tale of a man and his dog that’s spawned two ace sequels – and counting… Keanu’s titular hitman looks at his absolute finest with this top shelf native 4K transfer that also boasts HDR enhancement. As the bullets fly and blades slash, you may find yourself ducking and dodging if you unleash the full fury of the Dolby Atmos sound mix that’s included, too.
JUMANJI: WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE
The Robin Williams-infused 1995 take on the 1981 picture book Jumanji was an impossible act to follow, so the makers here wisely went the “loosely based on” route. There’s nothing loose about the movie’s trip onto the 4K Ultra HD format, though. The transfer comes to us with Dolby Vision HDR enhancement, while the Dolby Atmos soundtrack has to be heard to be believed.
READY PLAYER ONE
Only Spielberg could turn Ernest Cline’s ‘80s nostalgia gamer fest into a cinematic thrill ride for young and old, and he certainly succeeded. Everything looks amazing here, be it human or, erm, “other”. It comes to 4K via an often jaw-droppingly good Dolby Vision-enhanced transfer that does all the right things, while the cavalcade of sound is thanks to the wonders of Dolby Atmos.
SHAUN OF THE DEAD
Ground zero for the “rom-zom-com”, Shaun shambled onto 4K Ultra HD and it looks pretty darned good for a low budget flick, with lots of detail amongst the lots of zombies. Meanwhile, the HDR treatment is friends with all the red and whites on display. Sound-wise, this one doesn’t hold back. A new DTS:X mix is the order of the day, and it fires at us from all directions gleefully.
SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE
The winner of an Oscar for Best Animated Feature Film – and boy it feels good to type that – hit home in 4K style. Detailed HDR-treated vision looks divine despite its 2K origins, while the visual explosion is accompanied by a swinging Dolby Atmos sound mix that delivers all the sweet, sweet bass. Also, check out the very cool commentary track and Spider-Ham cartoon short.
STAR WARS: EPISODE IV – A NEW HOPE
Do we need to write an intro for this classic? The original 1977 film that ignited a pop culture supernova, A New Hope landed on 4K Ultra HD looking better than we’ve ever seen it. The HDR-treated, native 4K presentation – taken from a new master that was created several years ago – looks magical. As for the audio? Dolby Atmos adds substantial, ahem, force to the whole experience.
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