SPECTRE appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.39:1 on this 4K UHD Disc. Expect a fine presentation here.
Sharpness looked positive. Nary a smidgen of softness interfered, and the movie consistently seemed concise and accurate.
Neither jagged edges nor moiré effects appeared, and I saw no edge haloes. Print flaws also failed to manifest themselves.
The film’s palette followed a predictable path. The Mexico City opening sequence opted for a heavy sandy feel and after that the movie mainly chose orange and teal. Within stylistic constraints, the hues seemed well-depicted, and the disc’s HDR added zest to the hues, even within their restrictions.
Blacks were dark and deep, with good depth. Shadows also came across as smooth and clear – an important factor given how many low-light scenes showed up here – and the HDR added to these elements as well. Overall, this became a strong image.
I also felt pleased with the movie’s DTS-HD MA 7.1 soundtrack, as it added a lot of power to the tale. The soundfield presented an active and lively piece that frequently engaged the various speakers. The film showed distinctive imagery throughout the movie that placed different auditory elements accurately within the spectrum and meshed them together nicely.
Music provided strong stereo imaging, and effects popped up from the appropriate locations. Quieter scenes displayed natural ambience, while the action pieces involved engrossing and vibrant imaging. The Mexico City opening seemed especially good, but the whole movie utilized the channels in a compelling manner.
Audio quality also seemed positive. Speech consistently appeared natural and crisp, and I noticed no issues related to edginess or intelligibility. Music sounded bright and dynamic as the disc neatly replicated the score.
Effects packed a nice wallop when necessary, as these elements seemed clean and distinct at all times. Bass response came across as deep and tight, and the low-end added a good layer of depth and oomph to the package. This was a soundtrack to challenge your subwoofer, as it really administered a heavy punch. I thought this was a consistently impressive soundtrack.
How did the 4K UHD compare to the Blu-ray version? Both used the same audio, so expect no changes there.
As SPECTRE offered a film finished in 4K, I hoped to see obvious improvements in terms of this disc’s visuals. Like Skyfall - also taken from a 4K source - SPECTRE looked better than the Blu-ray but not to the hoped-for degree.
This meant that SPECTRE gave us stronger colors, blacks and definition, but not in a manner that represented a major upgrade. While I clearly prefer the 4K UHD, I didn’t think it brought a substantial step up in quality.
All the set’s extras appear on the included Blu-ray copy, and Bond’s Biggest Opening Sequence runs 20 minutes, 12 seconds and includes comments from director Sam Mendes, 1st AD Michael Lerman, producers Michael G. Wilson and Barbara Broccoli, production designer Dennis Gassner, costume designer Jany Temime, Mexico line producer Stacy Perskie, Mexico costume supervisor Anna Terrazas, costume supervisor Kenny Crouch, crowd makeup artist Hayley Barkway, crowd hairdresser Polly Coxon-Smith, makeup designer Naomi Donne, crowd hair supervisor Tracey Smith, choreographer Priscila Hernandez, art director Ben Collins, stunt coordinator Gary Powell, special effects supervisor Chris Corbould, fight coordinator Olivier Schneider, helicopter pilot Chuck Aaron, location manager Ali James, and actors Daniel Craig and Stephanie Sigman.
As expected, the program covers a mix of elements involved in the creation of the movie’s opening sequence. A lot of this tends toward praise/happy talk, but we still get a decent look at the way the crew brought about the scene.
Six Video Blogs fill a total of nine minutes, nine seconds. Across these, we hear from Mendes, Corbould, Powell, Lerman, Broccoli, action vehicles technical coordinator Neil Layton, 2nd unit director Alexander Witt, singer/songwriter Sam Smith, special effects floor supervisor Ian Lowe, explosives supervisor Charlie Adcock, and actors Dave Bautista, Lea Seydoux and Monica Bellucci.
These cover story/characters, vehicles, stunts and effects, and the theme song. A handful of good details emerge, but these clips remain promotional more than anything else.
In addition to three trailers, we get a Gallery. It offers 18 shots from the set. The photos look fine but don’t offer more than promo images.
At nearly two and a half hours, SPECTRE becomes the longest Bond film to date, and the added running time doesn’t suit it well. Though the movie shows occasional glimmers of life, it tends to feel slow and without much real excitement. The 4K UHD offers excellent picture and audio but skimps on supplements. While not “bad Bond”, SPECTRE seems decidedly lackluster.
Note that as of October 2019, the SPECTRE 4K UHD appears solely via a four-film “Daniel Craig Collection”. This also includes 4K discs for Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace and Skyfall.
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