The first one surprised everybody – including its makers – with its success. With a bigger budget to play with, the Blumhouse people got to take the Purge to the streets. So, how does the bigger bucks The Purge: Anarchy scrub up on 4K Ultra HD? Should you venture out and grab it, or just stay safe at home?
The story: It’s that time of year again, when for 12 hours you can hit the streets – or anybody on them – with complete impunity. The New Founders of America’s supposed system of keeping crime down – in reality just mowing down a swathe of lower classes each year to save on shelling out on benefits – makes for a whole lot of gruesome but gripping big dumb action. This outing sees us hook up with five folk who are desperate to survive outside in the city, unintentionally led by Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo), a man who has a very good reason to purge.
“F-ck You! F-ck your money! And motherf-ck the Purge!”
The 4K disc: Shot on digital, the original resolution of The Purge: Anarchy was less than 4K when filmed, then they finished it at 2K. So, naturally, what we get here is a 2K upscale. It does its job well – set almost entirely at night, this is naturally a rather dark film, with black levels delivering well and HDR bolstering the outbreaks of light superbly. Pans of the city’s expanse look pretty cool, too. The DTS:X mix is a thumper – music surrounds you and the various sounds of mayhem and murder really break through – plus there are a couple of AGH-inducing jump scares just to make sure that you’re not nodding off.
Release date: February 7, 2018
Format: 4K Ultra HD
Starring: Frank Grillo, Carmen Ejogo, Zoë Soul
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