Michael Mann’s 2004 cab ride crime thriller Collateral has hailed a ride onto the 4K Ultra HD format. So, how does it rate? Is it fare’s fair, or should you give it the boot?
The story: Los Angeles cabbie Max (Jamie Foxx) is just doing his thing one night when Tom Cruise hops in his cab. Unfortunately for Max, Cruise is playing the role of a contract killer, who retains the driver’s services for the evening – an evening which turns out to be rather eventful.
“Take comfort in knowing you never had a choice.”
The 4K disc: It should come as no surprise that, as it’s all set at night, Collateral hits our screens with a whole lot of darkness. The Dolby Vision treatment really works its magic here, lending the sparse outbreaks of light a more realistic brightness, while never dudding us on shadow detail. While it was apparently sourced from a 2K master, the upscaled result is a pleasingly detailed looking film, with fairly consistent grain throughout adding to the general grittiness of proceedings, while never becoming distracting.
The sound of Collateral comes to us via a very good DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix. While some movies that aren’t afforded Atmos or DTS:X mixes would have been markedly improved by their presence, we’re not sure that this one would have benefitted that much. It makes good use of the surround channels and bass when called upon, but is generally quite a talky film, and the majority of that talk is clear, save for the occasional mumbled bit. All things considered, you may wish to bump the volume up a little from your usual listening level.
This is aa solo 4K disc, but that doesn’t mean a total lack of extras. There’s a theatrical trailer included, as well as an informative commentary from director Michael Mann.
Release date: December 9, 2020
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring: Tom Cruise, Jamie Foxx, Jada Pinkett Smith
Want to know what to get next? Check out STACK‘s 4K Ultra HD specifications guide.