Back to black…

The early 1990s gave us The X-Files, and aliens were totally hot – uh, in a popularity way. Barry Sonnenfeld’s Men in Black then hit in 1997, putting a comedic twist on the whole aliens-are-among-us riff. It was all topped off with great casting as Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith became the titular characters, and two sequels eventually followed. Sure, but what do we think of the trilogy as recently released on 4K Ultra HD? Will you want to be flashy thinged, or not?

Please note: As we’re covering a trilogy here, it’s fair to say that while we’ve been careful, you still may encounter the odd spoiler in the write-ups for Men in Black II and Men in Black 3 if you haven’t seen them already.

 

Men in Black

4K November 2017 - Men in Black

4K November 2017 - Men in BlackThe story: Aliens are among us – especially if you happen to live in New York. A secret agency polices their activity while looking out for otherworldy threats to Earth, and also erasing the memories of any sightings by the general populace via the use of a “neuralyzer” – or “flashy thing”. Events conspire so that Agent K (Tommy Lee Jones) needs a new partner, and he discovers a young NYPD cop who seems perfect for the gig in J (Will Smith). The new recruit is soon deep-ended, as an alien terrorist has hit our planet to take out intergalactic ambassadors and cause all manner of perma-hurt for our planet.

The 4K disc: Sony have quite a rep already for great back catalogue 4K transfers, and this one certainly won’t do it any harm at all. A pure 4K release, the detail on offer here is quite astonishing, while the HDR enhancement improves everything from shiny things to the lead lads’ snappy black and white threads. There’s a super-fine grain present throughout that could only possibly bother those who have their noses squished against their screen (and in such a case you’d likely have other things to be concerned about). A couple of effects shots look a little bit dated, but hey, this is a 20-year-old movie… Meanwhile, a new Dolby Atmos sound mix doesn’t let the exemplary transfer down, pumping things left, right, up and behind while accompanied by thudtacular (it’s a perfectly cromulent word) bass.

Release date: November 29, 2017
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring:
Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Linda Fiorentino

Buy now at JB Hi-Fi

 

Men in Black II

4K November 2017 - Men in Black II

4K November 2017 - Men in Black IIThe story: Some five years after events of the first film, Agent K has left the life of the Men in Black, been neuralyzed to remove all memories of his exploits and has settled into the life of a postal worker. This becomes an issue when a shapeshifting Kylothian comes to Earth, takes the form of Lara Flynn Boyle, and lets loose all manner of havoc in search of “the light of Zartha”. Can K be un-flashy thinged? Can a dog and a bunch of worms (that aren’t inside said canine) help out? Can the Men in Black save all of our arses again? Well, erm, yes, or there wouldn’t have been an MIB3. Duh!

The 4K disc: Not surprisingly, the transfer here is of the same incredible quality as that of the first movie. It’s superbly detailed, with HDR enhancement making the visual experience all the more joyful (and making up somewhat for this being the least entertaining of the trilogy). The fine grain remains, and we found it in no way distracting. Sonically, it’s another killer new Dolby Atmos mix that has immense fun playing with every toy in your speaker arsenal.

Release date: November 29, 2017
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring:
Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Lara Flynn Boyle

Buy now at JB Hi-Fi

 

Men in Black 3

4K November 2017 - Men in Black 3

4K November 2017 - Men in Black 3The story: Even a super-maximum security prison on the moon isn’t enough to hold one-armed alien criminal Boris the Animal, and he’s soon headed to Earth on a mission – to destroy Agent K. Why? Well, about that missing arm… His plan involves some time travel in order to stop K from causing his armless experience, so J is soon on the case, also travelling back and encountering the young K, who bears a striking resemblance to Josh Brolin. But there’s much more at stake than just the life of one grumpy old Man (in Black)…

The 4K disc: Can we just cut and paste from either of the reviews above and nick off down to the pub? Following a decade after MiBII, the HDR-enhanced 4K transfer here is as good as the other two in the trilogy, and made even better by the advances in computer effects that a decade provided. Another newly-minted Dolby Atmos mix absolutely revels in throwing all the sound that it can around your home theatre.

Release date: November 29, 2017
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring:
Tommy Lee Jones, Will Smith, Josh Brolin

Buy now at JB Hi-Fi

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