4K December 2017 - Interstellar

Having done his time on Earth, Christopher Nolan looked to space for his 2014 sci-fi drama Interstellar. With obvious (and admitted) inspiration from the daddy of them all, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey, as well as arguable influence from the likes of Moon and Sunshine, it was a stunning trip. But how is it’s journey onto 4K Ultra HD? Is it white hot, or black hole?

The story: Starting out much like Signs but soon heading where we expect it to, Interstellar tells of an Earth future where dust storms dominate and most staple food crops have been overtaken by blight. With corn basically the last left to fall, secret NASA boffins – humanity has lost faith in both their past achievements and their ability to make future ones – work to help the human race find another planet to call home. A wormhole near Saturn looks promising, so a small team – including Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway – is despatched to investigate. They have more than the odd unexpected encounter, as all sorts of anomalistic timey-wimey things conspire to make for one continually more gripping sci-fi drama.

Do not go gentle into that good night…

The 4K disc: If you ever doubted that we have the Right Stuff at STACK, we’ve just binged on six Christopher Nolan flicks in less than 72 hours. What we’ve discovered is a half dozen rather amazing 4K transfers, which isn’t a huge surprise as they were all overseen by director Christopher Nolan himself. Like The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises (and the newly-released Dunkirk), Interstellar combines IMAX footage (full screen) with 35mm film, so the image bounces around size-wise quite a bit. Strangely, it isn’t jarring, as we found that we adapted quickly. We’re hoping that you’ve read our other new Nolan reviews, so will keep it quick: Minimal grain, jaw-dropping IMAX footage, distinct detail (except for intentionally diffused shots) and HDR which levels everything up from stunning to astonishing. This one also has the best black levels by a fair margin of all those that we’ve reviewed. Meanwhile, we’ve clearly established that Nolan loves his cinema DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio mixes by now, and he sticks steadfastly with that here. Upwards (or downwards) speakers get no say in this presentation, but luckily this mix has all the requisite oomph and grunt required that will make most not miss the extra level of audio that Atmos or DTS:X provide.

Release date: December 18, 2017
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain

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Interstellar is also available in the 21-disc (7x 4K, 14x Blu-ray) Christopher Nolan Collection

4K December 2017 - Christopher Nolan Collection

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Want to know what to get next? Check out STACK‘s 4K Ultra HD specifications guide.