Pacific Rim Uprising appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this 4K UHD Disc. As expected, the image looked terrific.
Across the board, sharpness appeared excellent. Virtually no softness emerged, so the film appeared accurate and concise.
I noticed no signs of shimmering or jaggies, and the movie lacked any edge haloes. Print flaws also failed to materialize.
Like the first movie, Uprising favored orange and teal. As sick as I am of typing the words “orange” and “teal”, I couldn’t complain about their reproduction here, as the hues looked vivid and accurately rendered.
Blacks were always deep and tight, and I saw good contrast as well. Shadows seemed clear and appropriately opaque. The Blu-ray became a largely strong reproduction of the film.
I felt just as pleased with the movie’s impressive Dolby Atmos soundtrack. Downconverted to Dolby TrueHD 7.1, the mix used all the channels in a lively, involving manner. Vehicles, weapon-fire, aliens, robots and similar elements popped up from all around the room and delivered a smooth, engrossing soundscape.
This meant nearly constant material from the surrounds. The back speakers delivered a high level of information and created a great sense of place in that domain. All of this melded together in a vivid, satisfying manner.
Audio quality was also strong. Music seemed full and bold, while speech was consistently natural and crisp.
Effects became the most prominent component, of course, and packed a solid punch, with positive clarity and range. People invest major bucks in home theaters for flicks like this, and Uprising delivered the goods.
How did this 4K UHD compare with the Blu-ray version? Audio remained identical, as both discs offered the same Dolby Atmos track.
Visuals became a different story, though, as the 4K offered a notably improved presentation. Though finished in 2K, the UHD disc nonetheless showed obvious improvements in definition, as it lacked the mild softness that impacted the Blu-ray’s low-light shots.
In addition, the UHD’s HDR capabilities gave colors and contrast a substantial boost, as those felt much more dynamic. While I liked the Blu-ray, the UHD turned into a definite upgrade.
The disc provides a nice array of extras, and these open with an audio commentary from co-writer/director Steven S. DeKnight. He offers a running, screen-specific look at story/characters, cast and performances, editing and effects, stunts, sets and locations, and connected domains.
Though DeKnight provides a peppy chat, he never quite gives us anything scintillating. We get a more than competent overview of the production but not one with great insight.
Eight Deleted Scenes fill a total of six minutes, 56 seconds. These tend toward minor character extensions and exposition – plus a brief cameo from Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn. Some decent information emerges but I can’t claim any of them seem really memorable.
We can watch the scenes with or without commentary from DeKnight. He tells us about the sequences and why he cut them. DeKnight adds good insights.
A slew of featurettes ensue, and these open with Hall of Heroes. It runs three minutes, 25 seconds and includes remarks from actor John Boyega. He provides a brief overview of the movie’s Jaegers. We get a basic feel for the different robots.
With Bridge to Uprising, we locate a four-minute, 39-second piece with Boyega, DeKnight and actor Scott Eastwood. The show looks at connections to the first movie and various story/character areas. “Bridge” becomes a minor expansion of topics.
Next comes The Underworld of Uprising, a three-minute, 47-second reel with DeKnight, Boyega, and actor Cailee Spaeney. We get more rudimentary character thoughts here – it’s a forgettable reel.
During the five-minute, 58-second Becoming Cadets, we hear from Boyega, DeKnight, Spaeny, cast trainer Naomi Turvey, and actors Karan Brar, Rahart Adams, Ivanna Sakhno, Levi Meaden, Shyrley Rodriguez, Mackenyu, Lily Ji, and Wesley Wong. This one looks at the movie’s cadets. It turns into another clip with a smattering of informative bits and a lot of hype.
Spoiler alerts come from Unexpected Villain, a five-minute, 48-second featurette with DeKnight and actors Burn Gorman and Charlie Day. We find another take on supporting characters – and another mediocre promo piece.
We learn more about the film’s robots via Next Level Jaegers, a five-minute, eight-second featurette with Boyega, DeKnight, Meaden, Brar, producer Cale Boyter, production designer Stefan DeChant, and visual effects supervisor Peter Chiang. “Level” gives us design details about the Jaegers and provides a fairly informative little show.
I Am Scrapper takes up two minutes, 42 seconds and features DeKnight and Spaeny. They chat about the “homemade” Jaeger but don’t give us much insight.
After this we find Going Mega, a three-minute, 21-second reel with DeKnight, Day, and Chiang. They tell us a bit more about various Kaiju in this brief but moderately useful piece.
During the three-minute, 14-second , we get thoughts from DeKnight, DeChant and actor Jing Tian. Once more, we receive additional character bits that bring a little substance but not much.
Finally, Mako Returns goes for two minutes, eight seconds and includes comments from DeKnight, Boyega, Boyter, and actor Rinko Kikuchi. It’s another brief character-related piece without much depth.
The package includes a Blu-ray copy of Uprising with all the same extras. That disc opens with ads for Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom, Tremors: A Cold Day In Hell, Universal Parks and Skyscraper. No trailer for Uprising appears here.
A largely listless, semi-coherent sequel, Pacific Rim Uprising fails to live up to the modest standards set by its spotty predecessor. Staged with weak plotting and erratic action, the film lacks a lot of obvious positives. The 4K UHD presents excellent picture and audio and a long but often superficial collection of supplements. Uprising turns into a forgettable effort.
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