The first of what will soon be a “quadrilogy”, how does predictable-but-fun Blumhouse thriller The Purge fare on 4K Ultra HD? Should you binge it, or – come on, you know…
The story: It’s the year 2022, and annual event “The Purge” has been a thing since totalitarian political party the New Founding Fathers of America swept to power. People are happy, and to help with this they’re given this 12 hours per year to get any angst out of their systems, as nothing’s illegal – from double parking through to murder, it’s all cool. This has led to a lot of security system sales, which in turn has led to James Sandin (Ethan Hawke) becoming rather well-off (hey, the guy’s looking at buying a yacht). But when his son takes in the target of a masked gang of purgers during the annual event, will Sandin’s product prove capable of protecting his family?
“Just remember all the good The Purge does…”
The 4K disc: A film that was made for just US$3 million just isn’t going to look a million doll- hang on, that old chestnut doesn’t work here. Uh, The Purge was made on the cheap, so it was never going to be a 4K demo extravaganza. What we do get is a basically flawless 2K upscale, with HDR enhancement adding suitable elements of creepiness at times – especially with the freaky remote control robot/camera thing, “Timmy” (whose footage is, appropriately, cheap camera-like grain-o-rama). Meanwhile, a DTS:X soundtrack features quite a bit of range – one highlight being the first downing of the security grilles on the Sandins’ house.
Release date: February 7, 2018
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring: Ethan Hawke, Lena Headey, Rhys Wakefield
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