Tomb Raider appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.40:1 on this 4K UHD Disc. Finished as a true 4K project, the result looked great.
Sharpness worked fine, with no softness on display. This meant the film always appeared accurate and well-defined.
I saw no signs of jaggies or moiré effects, and the film lacked edge haloes or print flaws.
If you suspected Raider would come with the modern standard teal and orange palette, you’ll get what you expected. I’d like to see action flicks dispense with those conceits, but given their restraints, they looked appropriate here, and the UHD’s HDR capabilities gave the hues nice kick.
Blacks came across nicely, as dark tones were deep and rich, without any muddiness or problems. In addition, low-light shots gave us smooth, clear visuals. All in all, this became a terrific presentation.
I also felt happy with the solid Dolby Atmos soundtrack of Raider. Downconverted to Dolby TrueHD 7.1, the mix offered plenty of opportunities for lively auditory information, and it took good advantage of these.
From the opening MMA scene to road chases to gunfire to explosions to other action elements, the mix filled the speakers on a frequent basis. The track placed information in logical spots and blended all the channels in a smooth, compelling manner.
Audio quality was also positive. Music sounded lively and full, while effects delivered accurate material. Those elements showed nice clarity and kick, with tight low-end.
Speech was always distinctive and concise, too. This mix worked well for the film.
How did the 4K UHD compare to the Blu-ray version? Both offered the same Dolby Atmos audio, so I discerned no differences there.
As noted earlier, the UHD provided a true 4K master, and that allowed it to top the Blu-ray. The UHD boasted stronger definition and accuracy, with more vivid colors and deeper blacks. While the Blu-ray looked very good, the UHD topped it.
Though no extras appear on the 4K UHD itself, the included Blu-ray copy delivers four featurettes, and these start with Uncovered. It goes for seven minutes, six seconds and includes comments from director Roar Uthaug, producers Patrick McCormick and Graham King, stunt coordinator Franklin Henson, production designer Gary Freeman, and actors Alicia Vikander, Daniel Wu, Walton Goggins, and Dominic West.
“Uncovered” examines story and characters, cast and performances, Uthaug’s take on the material, action/stunts and sets/locations. The show offers a few decent tidbits but it’s mainly superficial.
With the six-minute, six-second Croft Training, we hear from Vikander, Uthaug, McCormick, Henson, West, King, and personal trainer Magnus Lygdback. As implied, this one examines the preparation Vikander did for the part. It mainly praises her for her dedication.
Breaking Down the Rapids fills five minutes, 34 seconds with info from Uthaug, Vikander, Henson, Lee Valley Water Centre Safety Advisor Laura Cooper and special effects supervisor Max Poolman. “Rapids” looks at the various elements required for one particular action scene. Though it comes with some of the usual praise, it gives us more substance than the prior featurettes.
Finally, Evolution of an Icon runs nine minutes, 53 seconds and delivers notes from Vikander, Wu, Uthaug, West, video game specialist Erika Ishii and Crystal Dynamics Senior Community Manager Meagan Marie. “Icon” digs into the history of the games and their connection to the movie. We find a fairly nice view of the franchise.
The disc opens with ads for Tag and The MEG. No trailer for Raider appears here.
A reboot of a moderately successful franchise, 2018’s Tomb Raider never turns into an especially engaging adventure. Burdened with a flat plot and a general lack of real excitement, the movie feels wholly mediocre. The 4K UHD offers excellent picture and audio as well as minor supplements. I hoped Tomb Raider would kickstart the Lara Croft series but it ends up as pretty forgettable
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