Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg’s ode to all things buddy cop movie, Hot Fuzz, slams down on 4K Ultra HD. So, how does it rank on the format, and should you take it into your custody? Yarp, or narp?
The story: PC Nicholas Angel is one hot London copper. He’s too good at his job though, and continually shows up his colleagues, so they conspire to send him to a small rural village. Their laid back attitude is quite the culture shock for Angel, but he’s in for a bigger shock as strange things are afoot in the town of Sandford…
A love letter to oodles of clasic action films that are directly referenced throughout or you can spot inspirations from, the addition of Simon Pegg and Nick Frost’s comedic chemistry – and a top flight cast of British actors and comedians – makes this one as big a winner now as it was when it released.
“Sh-t just got real!”
The 4K disc: Like Shaun of the Dead, this 4K Ultra HD release of Hot Fuzz doesn’t appear to have been sourced from a new transfer. This is a shame, as it’s far from the best that we’ve seen on the format, putting aside how much we love the movie itself. Something along the lines of DNR (Digital Noise Reduction) appears to have been applied to smooth things out, which means less grain, but more blurriness. Don’t get us wrong, there’s still improvement to be had here over the standard Blu-ray release, but not the level of improvement that we’d hoped for. HDR does its usual wonders, applied fairly subtly here but effective enough to improve many brighter scenes – and the many shots of greenery – although some darker scenes tend to lose detail on occasion.
We feel like we should type this bit in capitals, as when the new DTS:X audio track goes off here IT GOES OFF THE F-CKIN CHAIN! This is magnificent when the guns are blazing and music’s blaring, however in comparison to the megabass-infused mayhem the dialogue tends to be a little on the quiet side, so finding a sweet spot that won’t have your neighbours calling the local policeman-officers can be tricky. Or you can just up the the volume on your carefully calibrated centre channel, we guess…
There’s certainly no foul play going on in the extras department, with more bonus things to play with than in the world’s best-stocked evidence room. The 4K disc itself crams in a total of five – yarp, five – audio commentaries, which is impressive enough on its own. Add to this a standard Blu-ray stuffed with outtakes, deleted scenes, featurettes, a making-of, video blogs and more and it’s worth chaining yourself to the telly for this one.
Release date: September 25, 2019
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring: Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jim Broadbent
Want to know what to get next? Check out STACK‘s 4K Ultra HD specifications guide.