Director David Ayer plops us right in the middle of WWII in Fury. How does the 4K Ultra HD release fare? Is it explosive, or does it fire blanks?
The story: It was probably somebody before Charlie Brown’s dog Snoopy that originally said “War is Hell”. Rarely have we been immersed so intimately in the bleakness of war as in Fury, where we join a small tank crew as they trundle across the German countryside towards the end of World War II. They’re led by Don ‘Wardaddy’ Collier (Brad Pitt), who runs the gamut from bullying to coddling in order to get the best from his men – a group that includes a brand new recruit who’s come straight from the typing pool to his tank, young Norman (Logan Lerman).
“Ideals are peaceful. History is violent.”
The 4K disc: Unlike many films of the past few years, Fury was finished in 4K originally, and thankfully that’s what we get from this disc – a pure 4K transfer. Showing off its origins, there is the slightest, most even grain that we’ve yet seen on a 4K disc, unobtrusive and only really spottable if you get closer to the screen than you probably should – as Mum scientifically warned us time and time again, “You’ll get square eyes”. Fury is a very dark movie – in more ways than one – and in regards to its UHD presentation detail remains at a premium, while black levels vary – inside the tank can be a touch on the dark greyish side. HDR enhancement has been applied suitably sparingly, so that things like fire brighten the screen as they should, while none of that ever-present darkness ends up being rendered overly brightly.
If the vision wasn’t enough to get you in, anybody with a Dolby Atmos setup should be rushing to grab this one. This soundtrack is quite phenomenally immersive, as bullets and larger ordnance whizz above your head, and explosions sound beefy enough to give your building’s foundations a stress test. Yet despite these aural fireworks, intimate, dialogue-driven scenes also render perfectly. This really is a powerhouse presentation.
If all of THAT isn’t enough, over 90 minutes of special features are also included on the actual 4K disc. These range from a handful of five or six minute featurettes through to two detailed making-of presentations and a couple of trailers.
Release date: August 15, 2018
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring: Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman
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