The latest nature documentary series from David Attenborough and the BBC hits 4K Ultra HD. But does it arrive with a snarl or a whimper?
The story: Nature documentaries can leave your head in a whirl as proceedings dart from this event to that event, featuring this creature or that creature. Dynasties tackles the genre differently, dedicating an entire episode each to a particular family of endangered animals. Chimpanzees, emperor penguins, lions, painted wolves and tigers all feature, with the dulcet tones of Sir David Attenborough guiding us through events in a specific family’s lives over anything from two to four years. As such we get to delve deeper into the way nature works – which can be uplifting, or desperately upsetting. Hey, just like real family life!
“The family is one of the most powerful forces in nature.”
The 4K disc: The BBC’s Planet Earth II and Blue Planet II remain two of the best ways to demonstrate how incredible 4K vision can look, and their newest sibling fits right in with them. Presented in native 4K with HDR enhancement, detail is often alarmingly rich – some of the more grisly scenes in particular causing us to recoil in shock (at the events, not visual quality, of course). Some episodes impress more than others, as there’s only so much that you can “ooh” and “aah” at in repeated scenes of parched grasslands. But, at the same time, you can often just about count the individual blades of grass. This is another exemplary BBC 4K presentation.
Sonically, we get DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1. This does its job well, with great separation and surround use, and when you hear the depth of a tiger’s roar via your subwoofer we’d be very surprised if you’re not impressed.
With this package featuring just two 4K discs, no bonus features are included.
Release date: March 27, 2019
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring: David Attenborough
Want to know what to get next? Check out STACK‘s 4K Ultra HD specifications guide.