It’s been 22 years now since Jumanji hit the world, with its amazing (for the time) effects, fun story and the ever-wonderful Robin Williams at its core. How does Jumanji fare nowadays on 4K Ultra HD? Does it give good game or bad?
The story: Seriously, who said that board games aren’t interesting?! A boy hears the drums (his name is Alan though, not Fernando) and tracks them to a game that’s buried in a construction site. Later he plays it with a neighbour and, well, gets sucked in bad. 25 years later, a brother and sister find the game, play it, and release a rather hirsute gentleman who looks and sounds remarkably like Robin Williams. Unfortunately, they also unleash a whole lot more from the game’s ever-s0-dramatic world…
Don’t be fooled, it isn’t thunder…
The 4K disc: Sony have fully restored the original camera negative in order to prepare this native 4K transfer, and the effort has SO been worth it. Detail at times is incredible, while the HDR really makes brighter scenes pop. Most of the visual effects still look pretty special considering their vintage, although the monkeys seem a bit primitive (BOOM TISH!) Otherwise, if you like a bit of grain for authenticity’s sake then you’re in luck, as it has been preserved – some, of course, may find it distracting. Meanwhile, a brand new Dolby Atmos soundtrack is included, and when a stampede of exotic animals tramples your home cinema room you’ll lean back, smile and realise why you dropped all that money on those extra speakers. It’s a seriously wonderful experience.
Release date: November 6, 2017
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring: Robin Williams, Bonnie Hunt, Kirsten Dunst
Want to know what to get next? Check out STACK‘s 4K Ultra HD specifications guide.