Vin Diesel is immortal in fantasy action blast The Last Witch Hunter, which has now hit on 4K Ultra HD. How does it shape up on the format? Will you want it around forever, or should you cast it aside?
The story: Have you ever wondered why you haven’t had any issues with bad witches? It’s probably because of Kaulder, who’s some 800 years old and counting and, as per the film’s title, is the world’s last witch hunter. For witches are alive and well in our modern times, they’re just usually getting about their business without bugging the human world (well, except when they’re putting maggots in our cupcakes – eww!) Kaulder’s immortality stemmed from a curse from the crazy-powerful Queen Witch all those years ago, right before he managed to slay her. Or so he thought… Guess who’s back for a spot of witchy vengeance?
A good fun big dumb fantasy action flick, The Last Witch Hunter is the archetypal guilty pleasure watch, particularly thanks to the always agreeable Vin Diesel and the presence of the most wonderful Michael Caine.
“Do you know what it’s like to live forever?”
The 4K disc: Only dating back to 2015, The Last Witch Hunter is one of those rare recently-released beasts on 4K Ultra HD that comes from a 4K master, rather than being upscaled. The resulting amount of detail is fabulous, while the addition of HDR performs some wonders in a film that cannonballs between really dark scenes and some quite wonderfully bright ones. For an example of how good HDR can make things look, be sure to check out any stained glass window from the church and, particularly, the Gummy Bear tree.
The race between Dolby Atmos and DTS:X for home audio domination seems to have the former winning, but the DTS:X audio presentation here leaves nothing wanting. The height channels are used to glorious effect when appropriate, the butterfly scene being a very good example. Amidst all the surround ruckus, dialogue remains clear, while any attached subwoofer gets to party hard, especially in the climactic showdown.
Extras-wise there’s basically zip included, although in the audio section there is a handy little DTS:X test video that runs through all your speakers to make sure that you got the wiring right.
Release date: November 28, 2018
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring: Vin Diesel, Michael Caine, Rose Leslie
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