A Quiet Place appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this 4K UHD Disc. This became a pleasing presentation.
Sharpness seemed fine. A few slightly soft shots cropped up during interiors, but overall, I viewed a tight, distinctive image.
No issues with jaggies or moiré effects occurred, and I witnessed no edge haloes. Print flaws failed to mar the presentation.
In terms of colors, Place went with a fairly standard mix of orange and teal; a climactic scene through in some heavy reds too. The hues worked fine within those limitations.
Blacks seemed deep enough, and shadows showed good smoothness. I felt happy with this solid image.
Downconverted to Dolby TrueHD 7.1, the film’s Dolby Atmos soundtrack offered an unusual affair because it often took the “quiet” part of the title to heart. Much of the movie plays as a virtual silent film, one that delivered strong punctuation when necessary.
This made the mix nearly unique, as it varied from many moments that largely lacked audio to those with active involvement. Distinctive as it may be, it worked for the film, and when necessary, music and effects used the various channels in an active, engaging manner.
Audio quality pleased. Speech was concise and natural, while effects remained accurate and full-bodied.
Music was vibrant and dynamic. The soundtrack became an unusual affair that suited the story.
How did the 2020 4K UHD compare to the original from 2018? Both are identical.
The only difference found in this 2020 version comes from the packaging, as we get a steelbook here. This set exists to promote Quiet Place II, and I guess the steelbook acts as a way to plop it back on the shelves as a “new release” with little effort.
No extras appear on the 4K UHD itself, but the included Blu-ray copy provides three featurettes. Creating the Quiet runs 14 minutes, 45 seconds and includes comments from producers Andrew Form and Brad Fuller, writers Scott Beck and Bryan Woods, writer/director/actor John Krasinski, production designer Jeffrey Beecroft, and actors Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, and Noah Jupe.
“Creating” looks at the film’s roots and development, story/characters, Krasinski’s take on the material, sets and locations, cast and performances. Some of this leans toward praise, but we get enough substance to make “Creating” a worthwhile experience.
The Sound of Darkness lasts 11 minutes, 44 seconds and features Krasinski, Beck, Woods, Form, Fuller, co-supervising sound editor/sound designer Brandon Jones and supervising sound editors Ethan Vander Ryn and Erik Aadahl. As expected, this one views the movie’s audio design. It delivers a short but informative take on this important topic.
Finally, A Reason for Silence fills seven minutes, 33 seconds with info from Krasinski, Form, Beecroft, visual effects supervisor Scott Farrar, concept artist Luis Carrasco, animation supervisor Rick O’Connor, creature modeler Duncan Graham, and concept artist/creature designer Karl Lindberg.
“Reason” examines creature design and visual effects. It turns into another effective program.
Apparently audiences crave something different, as they gulped down A Quiet Place despite its multiple flaws. While I admire the movie’s take on its genre, it comes with far too many plot holes to succeed. The 4K UHD boasts very good picture and audio along with a small set of supplements. Chalk up A Quiet Place as a gimmicky disappointment.
Fans who already own the 2018 4K will find nothing new from this 2020 release other than a steelbook package. If you want the movie but don’t own the prior 4K, pick the one you can find for the least money – unless you just can’t live without the steelbook.
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