Antebellum appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this 4K UHD Disc. The Dolby Vision image worked well.
Sharpness appeared strong. Virtually no softness emerged here, so expect a tight, precise presentation. I saw no signs of shimmering or jaggies, and print flaws remained absent.
In terms of palette, Antebellum tended toward standard teal and amber/orange, with an emphasis on the latter tone. These hues showed good representation within stylistic constraints, and the disc’s HDR made the colors bold and full.
Blacks were dark and tight, and shadows seemed smooth. HDR gave extra power to whites and contrast. The movie consistently looked solid.
Expect a satisfying affair from the movie’s Dolby Atmos soundtrack, as this became an engulfing mix. Downconverted to Dolby TrueHD 7.1, the track came with instances of dynamic information, mainly during a few action-oriented sequences. Those popped to life in an exciting fashion.
Much of the flick went with more ambient audio, and those segments succeeded as well. These contributed a good sense of atmosphere and formed an involving sensibility throughout the film, factors that made this a pleasing track.
Audio quality seemed solid. Music was bold and full, and effects followed suit, as those elements appeared accurate and dynamic, with deep, tight bass.
Speech remained natural and without edginess or concerns. Though not action-packed, this became a reasonably broad, involving track.
How did the 4K UHD compare to the movie’s Blu-ray version? Audio remained identical, as both discs came with the same Atmos track.
However, the Dolby Vision visuals showed a noticeable improvement, as the 4K’s picture seemed tighter than its BD counterpart, with bolder colors and stronger contrast. As good as the BD looked, the 4K became a clear step up in quality.
As we shift to the set’s extras, we start with a two-part documentary called The History in Front Of Us. It fills one hour, seven minutes, six seconds with comments from writers/directors Gerard Bush and Christopher Renz, producers Raymond Mansfield, Lezlie Wills, Sean McKittrick and Zev Foreman, executive producer Alex Scott, art & culture consultant Sanford Biggers, production designer Jeremy Woodward, director of photography Pedro Luque Briozzo, Evergreen Plantation director Jane Boddie, costume designer Mary Zophres, and actors Janelle Monáe, Gabourey Sidibe, Jena Malone, Eric Lange, Jack Huston, Tongayi Chirisa, Kiersey Clemons, and Lily Cowles.
“Front” looks at the project’s origins and development, story/characters, cast and performances, production design and cinematography, sets and locations, costumes, and social issues.
Overall, “Front” provides a good overview of various production choices and domains. At times it leans a little toward praise for those involved, but it still comes with more than enough depth to deliver a satisfying examination of the film.
A Hint of Horror goes for six minutes, 13 seconds and offers remarks from Bush, Renz, Chirisa, Mansfield, Monáe, Biggers, Foreman, Cowles and Malone.
“Hint” looks at Easter eggs and “clues” throughout the movie. While it seems too self-satisfied, it still lets us see some small moments we might miss when we first watch the film.
With Opening Antebellum, we get a four-minute, 46-second featurette that brings notes from Bush and Renz. Here we get details about the film’s complicated opening shot. It becomes a short but informative reel.
Five Deleted Scenes span a total of seven minutes, 59 seconds. All of these would’ve fit into the movie’s first act, as they deal with the Civil War-era portion of the story. They seem fairly unnecessary and wouldn’t have added anything especially useful to the tale.
The package also includes a Blu-ray copy of Antebellum, and it opens with ads for Knives Out, Anna. and Arkansas. We also find two trailers for Antebellum.
A story that mixes the current political climate with horror from the M. Night Shyamalan school, Antebellum shows the potential to become involving. However, it seems so erratic and ill-developed that it never becomes anything more than an awkward mess. The 4K UHD boasts excellent visuals as well as good audio and a few useful bonus materials. Antebellum exists more as a concept than a well-realized film.
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