It appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this 4K UHD Disc. I felt very impressed with this terrific visual presentation.
Definition excelled, as the movie always came across with tight, accurate material. Even in the many dimly-lit sequences, the image stayed taut and distinctive.
Jagged edges and moiré effects didn’t mar the presentation, and I saw no edge haloes. Print flaws also failed to appear.
In terms of palette, It went with a standard orange and teal orientation – one that emphasized the blue side of things. Within stylistic choices, the hues seemed well-depicted and brought out vivid tones.
Blacks were dark and dense, and shadows gave us good clarity. I felt exceedingly pleased with this transfer.
As for the Dolby Atmos audio, it offered a mostly typical horror movie soundscape. Downconverted to Dolby TrueHD 7.1, this meant a fair amount of creepy atmosphere and occasional “jolt moments”.
Along with good stereo music, the soundfield was able to open things up in a satisfying manner that embellished the story. We got a good sense of rain and other natural elements along with a useful sense of the spooky elements, with some – like an explosion of blood – that worked really well.
Audio quality was always good. Music appeared full and rich, while effects demonstrated nice clarity and accuracy. Low-end appeared deep and rich.
Speech was natural and distinctive throughout the film. The mix used the speakers well and created a fine sense of the material.
How did the 4K UHD compare to the Blu-ray version? Both sported the same Dolby Atmos track, so audio remained identical.
Visuals showed moderate improvements, though, as the 4K seemed better defined, and it also showed richer colors and deeper blacks. While the Blu-ray looked very good, the 4K was even stronger.
No extras appear on the 4K UHD disc, but the included Blu-ray copy provides some materials. We get three featurettes, and these start with Pennywise Lives!, a 16-minute, 25-second show that includes comments from producers Barbara Muschietti and Seth Grahame-Smith, director Andy Muschietti and actors Bill Skarsgård, Finn Wolfhard, Wyatt Oleff, Jack Dylan Grazer, Jeremy Ray Taylor and Chosen Jacobs.
“Lives” examines aspects of the Pennywise character as well as Skarsgård’s performance. I feared “Lives” would be little more than happy talk, but it delivers a fair amount of substance.
The Losers’ Club lasts 15 minutes, 42 seconds and offers notes from Grazer, Taylor, Jacobs, Wolfhard, Andy Muschietti, Oleff, Barbara Muschietti, performance coach Benjamin Perkins, and actors Sophia Lillis and Jaeden Lieberher. “Club” discusses the young actors and their roles. While “Lives” exceeds expectations, “Club” mostly seems fluffy.
Finally, the 13-minute, 51-second Author of Fear includes info from author Stephen King. He gets into aspects of his source novel in this informative, engaging chat.
11 Deleted Scenes occupy a total of 15 minutes, 18 seconds. Most of these add a bit more exposition to the kids and some secondary parts.
This means they flesh out matters to a minor degree, but they don’t manage to contribute anything of real significance. I do like the “gag” version of Georgie’s meeting with Pennywise, though – it’s surprisingly funny.
The Blu-ray opens with ads for Annabelle: Creation and the Fantastic Beasts “Virtual Reality Experience”. No trailer for It appears here.
A major success, I admit I can’t figure out why It resonated with audiences. While the source boasts potential, the film adaptation seems fairly trite and without real inspiration. The 4K UHD offers excellent picture as well as very good audio and a smattering of bonus materials. Maybe the second chapter of It will work better, but part one leaves me cold much of the time.
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