Polygonal video game heroine Lara Croft’s first sortie into the world of movies sees her fighting the Illuminati in order to save time. So, how does Lara Croft: Tomb Raider fare on 4K Ultra HD? Do the planets align, or do they crash into the sun?
The story: Rich kid and keen collector of ancient artefacts Lady Lara Croft (Angelina Jolie) takes a break from fighting robots – and Arnold Rimmer, who is now serving (literally) as her butler – to help save the world. Or at least time. Actually, either way we’d all be stuffed without her – well, if this was real. Anyway, will her skills in all manner of video game-styled fighting disciplines hold her in good stead against the might of ancient forces and the mysterious Illuminati? Or will we have to wait 5,000 years for a sequel?
“This is where I start to have fun.”
The 4K disc: While Lara’s first sortie into the world of 4K has apparently been given a new master at the appropriate resolution, it looks pretty good without being demo material. There’s quite a bit of grain present that some may find distracting at times, although detail is – as you’d expect – a vast improvement over the Blu-ray (which, of course, comes in the same box). Once again, HDR is our friend, with its subtle implementation here making the movie pop where it should. We imagine that the Dolby Vision enhancement that’s also included would make it look even sweeter (Memo to Sony: Promised firmware update, please). As for audio, all we get is a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 mix that, sadly, is rather flat. While gunshots, booms and bangs have some nice presence, there’s little in the way of subwoofer action at all. Meanwhile, any soundtrack featuring the likes of Chemical Brothers, Fatboy Slim, Basement Jaxx, Nine Inch Nails and Missy Elliott should make the room shake. However, it doesn’t here. The lack of a new Atmos or DTS:X mix is surprising – and disappointing. If it’s any consolation, there is a commentary from director Simon West on the actual 4K disc.
Release date: March 7, 2018
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Jon Voight, Daniel Craig
Want to know what to get next? Check out STACK‘s 4K Ultra HD specifications guide.