It was ground zero for a series of connected but disconnected movie tales. How does found footage classic Cloverfield come up on 4K Ultra HD? Is it a monster, or a minnow?
The story: The plan was simple enough. Throw a party for a friend who’s leaving Manhattan to take a job promotion in Japan, and everybody have a good time. Instead there are romantic issues and, oh yeah, the party gets crashed by a humongous monster of unknown origin (although we’ve always thought that it might be an exchange student from Japan). Cue mass destruction and our featured partygoers running for their lives, all captured by one of them on camcorder.
“Okay, just to be clear here, our options are: die here, die in the tunnels, or die in the streets. That pretty much it?”
The 4K disc: Being a found footage affair that looks like it could have been shot by Lars von Trier, we never expected anything of 4K reference quality – and we don’t get it. That being said, however, the format does lend itself to recreating the look of home-shot video well, and the addition of HDR just adds to the experience, highlighting the many explosions, and making Manhattan’s tunnels all the more creepy. This release also totes the Dolby Vision flavour of HDR if all of your equipment supports it. We’re still waiting for that promised firmware update for our player, Sony… As for audio, as much as the big bits of Cloverfield would likely sound awesome in Atmos or even DTS:X, it would take you out of the camcorder experience. Even then, there’s a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix that plays with the surrounds superbly in places, while letting loose some massive subwoofer thumps – and jumps – when called upon.
Release date: February 7, 2018
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring: Michael Stahl-David, Lizzy Caplan, T.J. Miller
Want to know what to get next? Check out STACK‘s 4K Ultra HD specifications guide.