Taking the classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale and giving it a modern action movie makeover, Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters has now hit 4K Ultra HD. So, how does it fare on the format? Is it ever so sweet, or will it leave a bad taste in your mouth?
The story: You likely know the story. A brother and sister find a candy ‘n’ cake house, gorge themselves and get nabbed by a witch. Her intent is to eat them, however they outsmart her and discover the joys of oven-baked hag. Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters catches up with the kids as adults, where they now roam the world killing witches for a living. However, they don’t have to travel far from their roots in order to take on one of the witchiest witches of them all…
With great chemistry between the leads (Gemma Arterton and Jeremy Renner), Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters is a slighty silly, quite enjoyable comedic action romp with a fair bit of gruesomeness thrown into the mix. It’s no classic, but it’s quickly become a cult flick – with a planned sequel – for good reason.
“Whatever you do, don’t eat the f–kin’ candy.”
The 4K disc: All the goodies of Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters hit our screens via an upscaled 2K transfer, with added Dolby Vision (or HDR if you’re not equipped with DV) dynamic range enhancement. While the movie displays mostly a rather drab palette – dark forests, dark other things – the occasional outbreaks of vivid colour such as the lolly house look quite spectacular. All that darkness is handled well, too, with good black levels that don’t smush everything into a morass of detail loss.
If a movie ever cried out for the full Dolby Atmos or DTS:X treatment then this would be it. Obviously it didn’t cry out loud enough, however, as we just get a Dolby TrueHD 5.1 mix. While it’s a very playful affair with lots of bits and bobs flinging and sligning around the soundstage and some lovely thunderous bass at times, some – like us – will ponder what could have been.
If you’re looking for extras on the actual 4K disc then you’ll come up empty, however a trio of featurettes do feature on the included standard Blu-ray. That disc also features the slightly extended cut of the movie, adding around 10 minutes to proceedings.
Release date: December 19, 2018
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring: Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Peter Stormare
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