Steven Spielberg takes on the beloved story of Peter Pan in 1991’s lavish, rather over-the-top adventure Hook. It’s now on 4K Ultra HD, but how does it fare? Should you treat your inner child, or be all grown-up and stuff and ignore such childish folly?
The story: JM Barrie’s long-loved tale of the boy who never grew up is given a makeover by Mr Spielberg, giving us a look at what might have been should the lad have actually tromped headlong into adulthood. It turns out that he ends up looking very much like Robin Williams. He’s also become a rather fusty workaholic, letting down his son and daughter continuously – and losing the respect of the former in particular. To take a quote from a similarly themed recent movie tale in Christopher Robin, “What to do, what to do?”
Well, when your kids go missing, apparently kidnapped by one Captain Hook (an almost unrecognisable Dustin Hoffman), you go looking for them, which entails a visit to your childhood hangout Neverland. Despite the insistence of wee fairy Tinker Bell (a teensy Julia Roberts), old Peter refuses to believe that he was once the head of young ferals the Lost Boys, but as Hook gets his, erm, hooks into his son, he eventually comes around and adapts to his situation.
“Oh, look, stars!”
The 4K disc: It may be almost 30 years old, but – perhaps appropriately – Hook looks young again in this stellar pure 4K transfer. OK, so there’s grain throughout that varies in intensity – stock footage of a Pan Am jumbo in particular looks pretty horrible – but even the myriad effects shots involving Tink for the most part look terrific. Meanwhile, HDR certainly does its part, boosting the otherworldly colour of Neverland gleefully, with the golds and reds of Hook’s accoutrements looking particularly natty.
Audio is delivered via a wicked new Dolby Atmos mix that gives everything from outbreaks of action to John Williams’ score space to spread out, often to lovely effect in the height channels – such as when Peter Pan takes flight for the first time (well, in the movie).
The 4K disc comes with two extras. They’re not the most exciting, but we always welcome bonus bits on the actual 4K disc. Here we get almost eight-and-a-half minutes of deleted scenes and a trailer.
Release date: November 14, 2018
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring: Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, Julia Roberts
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