Prepare to enter the exciting world of… acapella? Totally! Pitch Perfect was a breath of fresh air when it filled our world with vocal harmonies back in 2012. But how does it shape up on 4K Ultra HD? Is it aca-bella, or aca-smella?
The story: Beca (Anna Kendrick) isn’t your typical fits-like-a-glove student. She heads to college on the insistence of her father, but really just wants to get into music production. Oozing ‘tude everywhere she goes, she doesn’t find a niche until she’s co-opted into the Barden Bellas, an acapella group. They couldn’t be more old fashioned if they were sepia-toned, however Beca gradually challenges their square ways, introducing her love of the musical mash-up, along with a bit more flair. But is the world of acapella aca-ready for it?
“Nothing makes a woman feel more like a girl than a man who sings like a boy.”
The 4K disc: Look at the colours! Pitch Perfect is a very vibrant film, and when given the boost that HDR enhancement gives it truly shines. The transfer itself is a 2K upscale, which isn’t a big surprise as the movie was filmed digitally and finished at that resolution originally. It looks good – and is a definite improvement over the already fine Blu-ray. As for sound, any movie involving music demands a brilliant soundtrack, and it seems that Pitch Perfect was, well, pitch perfect when it did its demanding. A brand new DTS:X mix launches audio into all corners, without ever sounding more OTT than it should. If you’re after a highlight, we have two words: crowd scene. As for extras, you’ll need to head over to the included Blu-ray, as none have been jammed onto the 4K disc. Dang, no bonus 4K Gail and John, the oh-so-wrong-but-ever-so-funny acapella commentators.
Release date: April 18, 2018
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring: Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow, Rebel Wilson
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