Robert Zemeckis brought Winston Groom’s novel Forrest Gump to incredible life, crafting one of the finest films of all-time – with a lot of help from its star, Tom Hanks. Forrest Gump has been given a spruce up for its 4K Ultra HD arrival, so we grabbed all the tissues and set off to ask this question: Should you savour it like a box of chocolates, or run?
The story: A revisionist history tale of drama, romance and friendship, Forrest Gump may be a simple man, but he’s a good man who has an influence on more in his orbit than he ever realises. From those close to him to presidents, entrepreneurs and those who delight in chowing down upon shrimp, his simple outlook on life is inspiring to many – even if all he really cares about is his one and only childhood friend, Jenny. Forrest Gump is a heartwarming – and tearjerking, oh so tearjerking – tale of heart over brains.
“Some people don’t think miracles happen, well, they do.”
The 4K disc: Perhaps appropriately, the visual presentation of Forrest Gump in 4K is much like a box of chocolates – there are ones that you’ll love and wish there were more of, and the odd one that’s a bit yuk and you wish wasn’t there. We get a full-4K transfer with both Dolby Vision and HDR enhancement, which is good. At various times, however, quite a bit of digital noise reduction processing is noticeable, which is bad. But then there are the majority of scenes that look sharp and detailed, which is good. Then there are effects shots that were originally made at low resolution due to it being 1994, which is understandable, but bad. We feel like we should mention a free Frogurt at this point, but will finish this video summary by saying that it still looks better than we’ve ever seen the movie before, and many less fussy types will likely not notice the issues that we’ve mentioned.
Audio has undergone a Dolby Atmos sprucing up, and it’s lovely. While the overhead speakers don’t always have much to do, when appropriate – such as the presence of choppers – they do what they do well. Alan Silvestri’s score also benefits, as do many of the myriad classic rock tunes scattered throughout.
There are no extras at all on the 4K disc, with two audio commentaries appearing instead on the enclosed Blu-ray, along with an interactive look at the film’s music.
Release date: August 15, 2018
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise
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