The releases started to flow more freely again this year, bringing us a broad selection of movies on the 4K Ultra HD format both new and classic. Presented alphabetically, here are our favourites for the year, mostly due to top notch picture and/or sound, with a couple in there just because experiencing them in 4K for the first time was so good that it was almost akin to seeing them for the first time.
The super-entertaining, super-stylish, double-barrel Emma – both Stone and Thompson – origin story of the 101 Dalmatians villainess arrived on 4K Ultra HD complete with a native 4K transfer (HDR enhanced, of course darlings) and an oftentimes wild Dolby Atmos audio mix. A bonus standard Blu-ray gave us oodles of extras, including featurettes, bloopers and deleted scenes.
Fast & Furious 9: The Fast Saga
The insane action is ramped to 11 in this latest wild tale of Dom and his crew – the ninth in the long-running saga. It packs a double dose of Dolby, with Dolby Vision-bolstered sights and Dolby Atmos taking care of everything in the sound department – and boy does this one pack a sonic wallop! There’s even a double dose of the movie, with both the theatrical and director’s cuts included.
Indiana Jones: 4-Movie Collection
We got to rock, roll, hate snakes and whip it all over again, with all four Indy movies on 4K Ultra HD in one feature-packed box set. They were all lovingly remastered in native 4K from the original negatives with added Dolby Vision enhancement, while the audio was given the full Dolby Atmos remix treatment. All of the restoration work was given the tick of approval by Mr Spielberg, too.
Unlikely action hero Bob Odenkirk’s fast-paced, super-ace fun, unrelenting blast, straight from the producers behind the John Wick franchise, headed onto 4K Ultra HD with a Dolby Vision-enhanced picture that was coupled with an absolutely blistering Dolby Atmos soundtrack. Extras fans were treated to deleted scenes, three featurettes and two audio commentaries.
Scott Pilgrim vs. the World
The ace cult graphic novel series hit the big screen in style when Edgar Wright got his mitts on it, telling the epic tale of the titular Scott Pilgrim who has to fight his new girlfriend’s seven evil exes to the death before he can win her heart. The 4K release comes with a double helping of Dolby, toting both the Vision type visually, and the Atmos type sonically, along with a plethora of top extras.
This inspiring, wonderfully music-laden original tale from Disney-Pixar tells the story of a jazz man who gets stuck somewhere between life and death – and just when he landed his dream gig, too. It’s a stunning movie that looks just as stunning on 4K Ultra HD, delivered in native 4K resolution with HDR, and accompanied by spellbinding Dolby Atmos audio.
The Suicide Squad
All the wild action and fun of James Gunn’s take on the gang of DC misfit dodgy types hit 4K Ultra HD with a Dolby Vision bolstered native 4K transfer and full-on Dolby Atmos sound. The 4K disc includes a cool commentary with Gunn and a Harley Quinn scene breakdown and two features, with a bunch more stuff included on a bonus standard Blu-ray.
One of the ‘Master of Suspense’ Alfred Hitchcock’s most revered classics – and a film school staple study – this James Stewart and Kim Novak tale of one man’s spiral into dangerous obsession wended its way to 4K Ultra HD with stunning, HDR-enhanced native 4K visuals, that were ably accompanied by a brand new DTS:X Master Audio sound mix and a pleasing selection of extras.
Who Framed Roger Rabbit
With a native 4K transfer – complete with HDR enhancement – plus an all-new Dolby Atmos soundtrack, it looks and sounds a treat. Add a full complement of extras, including an audio commentary, deleted scene, featurettes and a selection of classic Roger Rabbit shorts, and whether you have a rabbit in your pocket or not, you’ll be happy to see this release!
Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory
2021 marked 50 years since the first musical fantasy movie adaptation of Roald Dahl’s tale hit cinema screens and wonderfully weirded out audiences the world over. This scrumdidilyumptious limited edition collectors box set was packed with fab goodies, but best of all was a super-colourful, HDR-enhanced, native 4K transfer, accompanied by a DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio mix.