If you’ve made the huge leap forward to the quality of 4K Ultra HD then 2019 was full of red-hot content for you to enjoy. Rather than just offering up a list of our favourite movie releases, here are ten 4K Ultra HD titles that we reckon are unbeatable for the best visual and aural experiences of the year on the format. Stick any of these on to show off your system and you just may bring some more converts into the 4K fold
APOCALYPSE NOW: THE FINAL CUT
Francis Ford Coppola’s epic war film arrived on 4K Ultra HD in a cool package containing one 4K disc and two extras-packed Blu-rays – plus there’s a mighty six-disc Collector’s Edition available. The director’s “Final Cut” has been restored quite incredibly and is presented in native 4K with Dolby Vision treatment. It also features a thumping, brand-new Dolby Atmos soundtrack.
Jason Momoa’s revitalisation of the aquatic DC superhero swam onto 4K with Dolby Vision enhancement. Despite the film being finished at 2K, with its upscaling this looks magnificent on 4K Ultra HD – especially where the screen opens up for full IMAX effect. The booming Dolby Atmos sound mix is playful, and really goes to town with the surround effects – especially underwater.
BAD TIMES AT THE EL ROYALE
Seven strangers meet at a dodgy hotel and all manner of hell breaks loose in this noir-drenched thriller from director Drew Goddard, who also gave us The Cabin in the Woods. As for the 4K Ultra HD version, we’re treated to a sumptuous native 4K transfer with HDR enhancement, that’s accompanied by a Dolby Atmos audio track that really goes to town when required.
Tim Burton got to play with Michael Keaton as Batman and Jack Nicholson stealing scenes as The Joker in this classic slice of 1989 superhero action, which cast the mould for so many more such films to come. It all came to us as a newly-remastered presentation, with native, bat-glorious HDR-enhanced 4K, plus a newly created Dolby Atmos audio mix that swoops and thwaps about gleefully.
BLACK HAWK DOWN
This incredible tale, based on actual events in early 1990s Somalia, came to 4K Ultra HD with stunning brand-new HDR-enhanced 4K transfers of the original theatrical cut and the eight-minute longer extended version, both of which were approved by director Ridley Scott. Added to this are powerful new Dolby Atmos sound mixes for both cuts that really push surround setups to the limit.
The original – and, to many, the best – Hellboy hit home on 4K Ultra HD, celebrating the movie’s 15th anniversary, and it’s easily one of the best 4K presentations that we’ve seen to date. Boasting a sensational native 4K transfer with HDR enhancement, along with a wild new Dolby Atmos sound mix, both the 4K disc and the included standard Blu-ray are jam-packed with cool extra stuff.
SPIDER-MAN: INTO THE SPIDER-VERSE
The winner of last year’s 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. A commentary track is included on the 4K disc, along with a new Spider-Ham cartoon short.
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 Dolby Vision-enhanced sights that belie their 2K origins before upscaling, and Dolby Atmos sounds that will seriously rock your neighbourhood, this is one absolutely stunning demo disc.
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 – boasts 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.
Imagine a world without The Beatles. It isn’t easy, even if you try, but this fab Danny Boyle/Richard Curtis collaboration does its best to give an idea as to how it could be. It comes to us as a native 4K presentation, complete with HDR (and HDR10+ if your equipment supports it). All those classic songs hit our ears via a Dolby Atmos mix, plus there’s a bonus Blu-ray with sweet extra features.