It’s globetrotting time once again, as Lara Croft escapes her video game shackles to search for Pandora’s Box. Ah, but how does Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life scrub up on 4K Ultra HD? Is it one out of the box, or is it just pox?
The story: Gee, it must be boring having a massive mansion in England to play in. How do we arrive at this assumption? Well, Lara Croft always wants to leave its grandeur behind to risk her life searching for treasure – and punching sharks (seriously!). This time she’s enlisted by MI6 to help find the apparently not-so-mythical Pandora’s Box before a notorious bioterrorist gets it and lets loose its innards upon the world – its innards being a deadly plague. Cue an adventure that takes in more cities than your average Bond film – in fact the whole thing has quite the scent of 007 about it, just with more girl power and fewer Aston Martins.
“Remember that ‘no gun’ rule? I reconsidered.”
The 4K disc: From what we’ve been able to unearth, Cradle of Life received a finished master in 2K, which is what we appear to get here with the addition of upscaling. It looks pleasing, with a fine grain that is imperceptible at normal viewing distances, decent detail and happy-inducing colour range thanks to HDR (or Dolby Vision if you have it). Like the first Lara Croft flick on 4K (read our review here), we only get a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track, however as far as six-channel mixes go, this one is a good one. While we found the audio flat on that first release, here the subwoofer gets to bark it up a treat, while the less EDM-filled soundtrack really comes to life. There’s also a commentary with director Jan de Bont – who hasn’t directed anything in the 15 years since this one – on the 4K disc.
Release date: March 7, 2018
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring: Angelina Jolie, Gerard Butler, Ciarán Hinds
Want to know what to get next? Check out STACK‘s 4K Ultra HD specifications guide.