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When an alien attack threatens the Earth's existence, giant robots piloted by humans are deployed to fight off the menace.
Pacific Rim's UHD release, even supposedly sourced from a 2K digital intermediate (via 5K native digital photography), improves upon the stellar, previously released 2015 Blu-ray in every way: textural clarity, color, and black level perfection. It's not a runaway improvement, though, if only because the Blu-ray is so good on its own merits, but whether directly comparing the releases or enjoying the movie's UHD presentation on its own, the UHD's upper-end qualities are easy too identify. Clarity of detail and vibrancy and depth of colors and blacks are obvious from the outset, as electric blues and fiery reds emerge to begin the movie, building in complexity and intensity with incredible eye-catching results. Conducting an A-B compare does indeed reveal the refinements to the colors, adding stability, depth, and nuance, increasing brilliance but presenting with a modestly more firm and organic and a little less showy appearance. Such holds true with every color, including the abundantly colorful holographic hues seen in various command center computer consoles. Blue Kaiju accents, fireballs, orange sparks, every color presents with a level of saturation and intensity and authenticity that the Blu-ray cannot match and reveals some of the finest implementations of the HDR10 format yet seen on UHD, certainly aided a bit as the colors pop against and contrast with many of the film's bleaker backgrounds, particularly during battles out on the seas at night between creature and robot. Additionally, black levels are impressively stout, capturing perfect depth and increased shadow detail for the duration, where not only is simple nighttime depth improved but also black apparel and lower light locations.
Improvements to detail are not at all subtle, but neither are the improvements astronomically significant, again referring back to a previously established top-end Blu-ray. There's a clear uptick in sharpness and overall clarity when comparing the two. Skin textures find much more nuanced clarity and revelatory detail in pores and hairs. Scuffed armor and fabric clothes are also much more refined, and even digital effects, whether mechanical Jaegers or organic Kaiju, enjoy ample upticks in clarity and definition. Idris Elba's face reveals a strong boost in general sharpness and complexity, as does his dense fabric military uniform. Environments, from dense city streets to clustered and somewhat claustrophobic Jaeger interiors, from open waters to large military bases, all are showcases of elemental and manmade object clarity where there's not a smudge, smeary corner, or lacking detail to be found. Pacific Rim's UHD is certainly fantastic. It's about the best-case scenario for a 2K upscale yet seen on the format, considering both the gorgeously popping HDR colors and more solidified textural accuracy. It's a five-star release, even if the improvements over the Blu-ray constitute only a single leap rather than several.
Pacific Rim and Dolby Atmos. Enough said, really. But for the sake of filling in the space, a few highlights: commanding stage saturation, bass so intense it can be heard and felt throughout the house, action scenes so robust and involved that every speaker melts in favor of chaotic intensity. Ocean waves crash with so much power and effortless flow that it's a miracle the listener comes out of the experience dry. City debris scatters with so much precision placement that it's a wonder that smoldering ruins in the home theater aren't the result. Kaiju screams and mechanical Jaeger effects are so pronounced the listener might be tempted to flee in terror. The added overhead channels contribute mightily, not always with firm, identifiable effects but certainly in rounding out the environment, complimenting and completing much of the action, and immersing the listener into the movie's all-out assault of sonic intensity. It's the perfect compliment to the 4K/HDR visuals, making Pacific Rim one of the go-to all-around reference UHD releases, up there with the Transformers titles. The only flaw of note is dialogue that sounds a little tinny and hollow around the 36:20 mark, but otherwise everything is exemplary in presentation; audio today just doesn't get much better than this.
Pacific Rim (4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray)]]>
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 0.7 x 7.5 x 5.4 inches; 5.92 Ounces
- Item model number : B01JPYUZF6
- Director : Guillermo del Toro
- Media Format : 4K
- Release date : October 4, 2016
- Actors : Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Rinko Kikuchi, Charlie Day, Rob Kazinsky
- Dubbed: : Spanish
- Subtitles: : Spanish, Portuguese
- Producers : Guillermo del Toro, Callum Greene, Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Mary Parent
- Studio : WarnerBrothers
- ASIN : B01JPYUZF6
- Writers : Travis Beacham, Guillermo del Toro
- Country of Origin : USA
- Number of discs : 2
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Well, for a giant monster movie. Anyone going into this expecting Oscar performances has got to re-align themselves. It's a sci-fi monster movie for pete's sake. But, surprisingly, the actors do an amazing job portraying real human relationships, conflict, and challenges. Even after watching this multiple times, it still draws some tears and cheers from me at certain points.
Honestly, I don't know how they could have done the genre better. This is my epitome of the Kaiju genre. if you like those types of movies, This is definitely a good watch. If you like sci-fi and action (with believable plot), this is a good watch. If you like Mech's, this is a good watch. IMO you can't go wrong with this movie.
Bought the movie shortly after. Holy cow! Action to the end! Smart enough so it doesn’t insult intelligence; dumb enough to allow your inner child to enjoy beating the snot out of nasty monsters. I have easily watched it a dozen times since buying it.
And then I waited... sequel? God smiled upon my wishes; yes. You get a sequel. So, this time I made absolutely sure to see it in the theater and bring my kids since they were loving the first movie too. About $60 and two hours later, I was sad that they killed a promising franchise with a played-out formula of “teenagers with powers/talents and an unreasonable amount of responsibility”.
So I continue to re-watch the original Pacific Rim, hoping that they can make a third movie that will do the franchise justice and make the world forget about the Uprising sequel that left us all disappointed.
Until then, spend the $3 to rent this for a night, turn off the lights and turn up your soundbar or 5.1 system. You won’t be let down.
This movie is in large part excellent with a few narrative short cuts that really hinder the film. The movie feels like its missing minimally 15 minutes of development in act 2, character motivations seem undeveloped, arbitrary or childish because of pacing choices. Beyond this, you've got excellent world building, great art design, some very fun characters (when not struggling with the screen time issue) and clever use of the established fiction.
For its strengths being executed so perfectly the film I think will persist as a standard bearer for the genre. I still disappointed that impatience seems to have curtailed its perfection, when you compare this with a film like "Predator" where the economy of the screenplay and the editing is perfect. This movie invites a successor to come along and supercede it with a more competently developed and executed story.
IMHO this movie lands on not only must see but must own until something better comes along... and I don't think that will be any time soon.
4K UHD HDR:
This film is a perfect tech demo for the format and for OLED tech. Its rendition of HDR is the best I've seen in film so far. I don't know what else to say beyond that, its the best in a film I've seen to date, its the most consistently applied and on OLED its jaw dropping. Scenes that movie theaters failed to render look stunning here. If you own an OLED you need to buy and view this, don't stream it, you need to either download it or watch it from the disk.
There are better movies out there that are not the same caliber of product, this is a must own IMHO.
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Great action and the 3D effects are some of the best I have seen.