Eternals appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a surprisingly inconsistent presentation.
In terms of sharpness, the image seemed solid. It displayed tight, accurate images from start to finish.
I witnessed no signs of jaggies or moiré effects, and edge haloes remained absent. No source flaws marred the image either.
The film’s palette favored Hollywood standard teal and orange at times, but it also boasted broader tones, with a mix of reds and purples as well. The hues seemed full and well-rendered, and the disc’s HDR added strength and dimensionality to the tones.
Blacks seemed deep and dense. HDR gave contrast and whites added punch.
The 4K ran into snarls when it came to low-light shots, as those looked dark – really, really dark. Any scenes of this sort turned so dim that it often became extremely difficult to discern the information.
Was this intentional? Perhaps, but I don’t recall any “thick as mud” shots when I watched Eternals on a theatrical IMAX screen, and the 4K became so dense that I definitely would’ve noticed.
While not packed with low-light shots, Eternals came with more than enough to create a problem. Although the rest of the flick looked terrific, these overly dark scenes made this an inconsistent presentation.
Downconverted to Dolby TrueHD 7.1, the Dolby Atmos soundtrack of Eternals satisfied. As anticipated, the many action sequences offered the most engaging moments.
These used the various channels to create a good sense of place and action, with battle elements that zipped around the room. We found an engrossing soundscape from start to finish.
Audio quality was positive. Music showed good boldness and clarity, while speech appeared distinctive and concise.
Effects came across as accurate and dynamic, with nice low-end response. The soundtrack fit the material and added zing to the proceedings.
How did the 4K UHD compare to the Blu-ray version? The Atmos audio added some extra oomph compared to the 7.1 track on the Blu-ray.
Visuals became a more complicated domain, entirely due to the issues with low-light shots. Everything else about the 4K improved on the Blu-ray, as it brought superior definition, colors and blacks.
However, the nearly impenetrable darkness of so many scenes created real distractions – and made me prefer the visuals of the Blu-ray. Grudgingly, I must admit, as the 4K’s scenes with “normal lighting” clearly beat those of its BD counterpart.
Unfortunately, the movie came with too many low-light shots for me to ignore these concerns. I simply found too much of the 4K edition too difficult to discern for it to become my pick.
No extras appear on the 4K UHD disc itself, but we get a mix of materials on the included Blu-ray copy, and these begin with an audio commentary from director Chloé Zhao, production visual effects supervisor Stephane Ceretti, and additional visual effects supervisor Mårten Larsson. All three sit together for this running, screen-specific look at story/characters, cast and performances, sets and production design, photography, various effects, and connected domains.
Given the participants, one should expect a fairly technical commentary, and that’s what we get. While those involved touch on story/characters/cast occasionally, they mostly stick with nuts and bolts.
While I’d like more about the creative domains, this nonetheless becomes a mostly satisfying discussion. We get a good investigation of various production challenges/choices in this largely engaging chat.
Two featurettes follow, and Immortalized runs 10 minutes, 45 seconds. It includes notes from Zhao, writers Kaz and Ryan Firpo, producers Nate Moore and Kevin Feige, production and development executive Zoie Nagelhout, production designer Eve Stewart, costume designer Sammy Sheldon Differ, costume FX supervisor Ivo Coveney, and actors Angelina Jolie, Brian Tyree Henry, Kumail Nanjiani, Salma Hayek, Richard Madden, Lia McHugh, Gemma Chan, Don Lee, Lauren Ridloff and Barry Keoghan.
This piece covers the source comics, story and characters, Zhao’s impact on the production, locations and design choices, costumes, and action. Some decent notes emerge but a lot of this feels like fluff.
Walks of Life goes for five minutes, one second and offers info from Zhao, Nanjiani, McHugh, Henry, Ridloff, Kaz and Ryan Firpo, Moore, Chan, Madden, Lee, Jolie, Hayek and Keoghan.
“Life” discusses the diversity of the cast. Expect more happy talk and not much substance.
A Gag Reel spans two minutes, 29 seconds and brings a standard compilation of silliness and mistakes. It lacks anything memorable but at least it’s brief.
Deleted Scenes occupy a total of five minutes, 49 seconds. We get “Gravity” (1:16), “Nostalgia” (1:06), “Movies” (0:42) and “Small Talk” (2:36).
All four provide fairly minor character embellishments. These seem enjoyable but not significant, so they don’t go missed in the final film.
Based on reviews, Eternals got the worst reception of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies through the end of 2021. This makes no sense to me, as I think it brings a rich, engaging riff on the superhero genre. The 4K UHD boasts audio along with a small mix of bonus materials and surprisingly dark visuals. Ignore the critical consensus and give this ambitious tale a look, even if the Blu-ray seems more satisfying than the 4K.
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