2010 saw writer/director Christopher Nolan take a break from Gotham City to pursue the world of dreams in Inception. The mind-bending production is already regarded as a sci-fi milestone, but how’s the 4K transfer? Is it dreamy or seamy?
The story: Leonardo DiCaprio is Cobb, a man who makes his dubious living by filching corporate secrets from peoples’ heads via complex dream sharing tech. When he’s called upon to up the ante by actually planting an idea in a business bloke’s head rather than nabbing something from within it, he assembles a talented team and gets to work. But he has a secret that jeopardises the whole plan way beyond the already inherent risks.
All that we see or seem is but a dream within a dream…
The 4K disc: This is the fourth Christopher Nolan flick that we’ve watched in as many days, and there’s definitely a pattern – great native 4K transfers with very similar characteristics. If you’ve read any of our Dark Knight trilogy reviews, you’ll know to expect a glorious picture with just the finest of grain, which is imperceptible at typical viewing distances. You’ll also know that Nolan, who was heavily invovled in the 4K treatment, appears to have purposely gone for a “proper” cinema experience, with blacks that resemble silver screen projection, rather than being absolutely black. And if you hadn’t read any of those DK reviews then you now have more of an idea what to expect! Inception is a movie that regularly flips between quite dull and rather colourful locations, and the relatively subtle HDR treatment here highlights, rather than blinding with contrast. As for sound, as was the case with the Dark Knight flicks Nolan wanted the original theatrical 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio mix, and that’s what we get. There’ll be no telling them, but those who dismiss this release completely out of hand because it doesn’t play with their presence speakers will be missing out as, for what it’s worth, it really is a full-on explosion of sound, featuring some simply incredible bass.
Release date: December 18, 2017
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page
Inception is also available in the 21-disc (7x 4K, 14x Blu-ray) Christopher Nolan Collection…
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