The Revenant – 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray review

Whether you end up liking or disliking The Revenant, at the very least you'll be able to be thankful it is the film that put the ‘Will Leonardo DiCaprio ever win an Oscar?” meme to rest.

DiCaprio stars as Hugh Glass, an American frontiersman guiding a gaggle of trappers led by means of Andrew Henry (Domhnall Gleeson) thru uncharted territories on a searching expedition.

After the group is attacked by means of Native Americans, Glass's skills come under query. He survives an tried homicide by John Fitzgerald (Tom Hardy), but when Glass is later attacked through a grizzly endure, the staff leaves him for dead.

Glass then has to go the barren region by myself, surviving the cold and evading the Arikara tribe which might be out to kill him.

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FIlm

The Revenant is bleak and visually sensible, however on the entire it is a little boring. There’s a number of pressure, but it surely exists in a ancient, factual manner fairly than in an emotional one.

Neither Glass, Henry or Fitzgerald have significantly rounded characters to warrant caring about. Even when Glass’s son is murdered by way of Fitzgerald, there’s still a lack of emotional power to enthuse the target market, and Glass’s successes, or struggles, in the end have all the sentiment of a Wikipedia article.

But if this does not make you need to pick up the UHD Blu-ray model of DiCaprio’s ordeal, the movie's cinematography and scene construction may tip it to your favour – because this film looks just right in 4K.

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Picture

Originally filmed in 6K, The Revenant was then downscaled to 4K, so it should have an even quantity of element packed into its package. We play it via a five-star Samsung UE65KS9500, alongside the Award-winning Panasonic DMP-UB900 4K Blu-ray player, and there's undoubtedly a spectacle to be had. It's an impressive feat for a movie with a colour vary so heavily excited by browns and greys.

To make the most of this film visually, you’ll desire a TV that may handle the subtlety within that finish of the spectrum. When the Arikara assault, the close-ups of Andrew Henry expose a range of tones in his fur that lesser televisions might leave out.

There’s additionally a dynamism to it too. The splattering of mud that’s kicked up as the males run to their defensive positions is a superb take a look at of how your TV and Blu-ray player can maintain movement.

And relating to perception, there is distinctly more detail on the layered furs and elderly timber on the 4K disc than on the 1080p Blu-ray that incorporates it.

Your TV shouldn’t shirk clear of a wealthy symbol both, whether it’s in the surprising landscapes of Fortress Mountain in Canada, or in the extra intimate scenes.

The specific contrast of colours close to the finish of the movie, where DiCaprio guts a horse with the intention to stay alive, needs to be striking. The subtle white of the fresh snow and the crimson of the bleeding horse stand out significantly towards the faded grey-orange hue of the frozen Glass.

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Sound

On the sound side, however, The Revenant has a soundtrack that airs on the atmospheric, rather than something suitable for trying out your gadget.

Rather than the large-scale dynamics we are used to in Hollywood blockbusters, this film focuses extra on the small scale: woodwinds, strings, and other instruments to create an eerie sense of area.

There's also heavy use of diagetic sounds (ones that comes from the narrative of the film) - such as the rustling of bushes, or the clean cuts and crunches of severed limbs and ripped-off ears as Fitzgerald and Glass scuffle in their final combat.

It's no longer the best film for checking out the punch or organisation of your hi-fi setup - there are only a few instances that the soundtrack gets in particular busy - however if you are searching for spaciousness, detail, and actual dynamics then this can be a lovely good shout.

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Verdict

If you’re searching for something to show off a high-end tv, then you definately’ll enjoy The Revenant. Director Alejandro González Iñárritu has put in combination a wide ranging spectacle that, in its contrast of gritty survival and calm dream sequences, will undoubtedly glance good for your television.

However, those who want for an light, relaxing watch in UHD might want to give the Blu-ray a pass over - this logo of death-defying, grudging endurance film isn’t fairly everybody's cup of tea.

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