The 4K Ultra HD format really hit its stride in 2018, with a larger than ever assortment of great titles hitting the format. This list doesn’t necessarily feature our favourite movies of the year, but rather the ace 4K UHD experiences of 2018. These discs offer some of the best sound and vision you’re likely to encounter on the format, and all serve as great demo discs that are guaranteed to recruit new converts to 4K UHD.
BLADE RUNNER 2049
A new blade runner discovers a secret that could plunge what’s left of society into chaos. There’s nothing chaotic about this release, however, which totes a Dolby Vision-infused native 4K picture that really gives cinematographer Roger Deakins’ work a chance to shine. Meanwhile, a crisp Dolby Atmos soundtrack gets your home theatre jumping – and, at times, thumping.
Ridley and Rusty’s Oscar-winner is a pure 4K transfer, and it’s a good one. Despite a very fine, almost imperceptible grain, detail fares well, while the Dolby Vision 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.
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – FALLOUT
Watch Tom Cruise risk his life – again – to entertain us via this latest M:I instalment. Watch him do it in glorious native 4K, too, with Dolby Vision enhancement – just wait until you experience the climactic scenes when they go all IMAX! Sound, meanwhile, comes via a very active Dolby Atmos mix that’s full of thrills. Three commentaries and an isolated soundtrack also add extra fun.
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 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.
STAR WARS: THE LAST JEDI
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 this 4K Ultra HD edition, it features a Dolby Vision enhanced, pure 4K transfer that looks simply stellar. Add the wonderfully whoosh-heavy Dolby Atmos aural assault and you’re in for the most exciting Star Wars home cinema experience ever.
THE BIG LEBOWSKI
Upon its 20th anniversary, it’s time for the dude to abide in 4K, with The Big Lebowski looking the best 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, 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 almost as playful as the movie’s script when it comes to utilising those added height speakers.
The Wachowskis blew more than a few minds when this sci-fi/action epic first hit cinemas in 1999. Last year it returned to dazzle us all over again on 4K UHD with a totally whoa-worthy native 4K presentation featuring Dolby Vision enhancement, which was accompanied by a wonderfully active new Dolby Atmos sound mix. Again, whoa!
Video game heroine Lara Croft gets the reset treatment, as Alicia Vikander steps into her sturdy go-anywhere boots. This one’s a stunning full 4K adventure experience, with both standard HDR and also Dolby Vision enhancement that really brings everything from the jungles and beyond to brilliant life. Accompanied by a truly wild Dolby Atmos sound mix, it’s a must-have for adventure action fans.
Liam Neeson gets back in the action, as a simple train trip home goes off the rails (figuratively, not literally – or does it…?) Stunning native 4K is the order of the day here, with HDR enhancement giving it that extra special oomph. Meanwhile, Dolby Atmos brings every creak, clunk and gunshot to life, while a couple of featurettes also appear on the actual 4K disc.