A BEAUTIFUL PLANET 4k Ultra HD Review

A BEAUTIFUL PLANET 4k Ultra HD Review
  • The Movie
  • The Video
  • The Audio
  • The Supplements
4.6

Filmed in IMAX, A BEAUTIFUL PLANET shows the planet earth from the International Space Station (ISS). Narrated by Jennifer Lawrence, director Toni Myers not only captured the crew on the ISS but the planet in both the natural landscape along with the weather and man-made structures such as the lights of cities.

The imagery in this film is beautiful (yeah, I said it) and its beauty that people don’t get to see on the everyday. There is a light touch on places further out than Earth but the majority of the focus is on the world. J. Law does do a wonderful job with her narration and bringing the tone of the film to a focal point.

VIDEO QUALITY:

4k UHD
The video is a 2160p HEVC presentation that is astoundingly beautiful on screen. The images are sharp and have some of the cleanest lines in a film to show off all of the detail. On the ISS, you can see all of the lines, hoses, buttons, and other devices on the station. Faces, clothing, and the textures of the planet surface look excellent. The colors are brilliant all over and the 4k transfer shows this off. In one of the screens, the fruit that is being juggled is bright. The HDR also makes the blacks look inky and allow for some of the nicest contrasting on UHD.

AUDIO QUALITY:

4k UHD
The audio is a DTS:X mix that has some very clear audio. The music is superb and uses all of the speakers well. The overhead speakers create an immersive experience. The LFEs are there but they aren’t overly powerful. The just add to the fullness of the mix. The narration has a surrounding presence that makes Jennifer Lawrence’s voice softly explaining things. As for the effects, they are entirely realistic and have been reproduced for an honest feel from the film.


The bundled Blu-ray includes the same DTS:X soundtrack.  

SUPPLEMENTS & PACKAGING

-An Extraordinary Vision: This is a short extra about filming in the format and the climate change.

-IMAX: Astronaut Filmmakers: This featurette is about getting the astronauts to film and capturing for the film.

-ABP Computing: This gets into the digital renderings for the movie.

Disc Details
2-disc set w/ 1 4k UHD and 1 Blu-ray
Digital copy
 
Running Time
46 mins
 
Edition Ratings
Rated G
 
Region Coding
Region A
 
4k UHD
Video Resolution
2160p HEVC H.265
HDR: HDR10+
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
 
Audio Mixes
English DTS:X
English DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
Spanish DTS:X
Spanish DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
French DTS:X
French DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1
 
Subtitles
English SDH
French
Spanish
 

THE BOTTOM LINE:

This is one of the best looking 4k UHD releases of 2018. The movie itself is a compelling watch with the visuals and audio. The video has a stellar transfer and it has some incredible images of the Earth that have seldom been seen in this manner. The audio mix is immersive and provides an excellent environment for the movie. The extras are pretty good with some interesting information on how it was filmed. Overall, this is a great film to show off your setup and you also get to see something unique on the screen.

About the author

MEDIA JOURNALIST | Michael is a fanatic about all cinema old and new. He collects anything from 1:6 Scale Collectibles and vinyl collectibles to movies and Steelbooks. He loves pop culture, writing, reviewing films & collectibles, and journalism. An avid Batman, The Joker and anything comics junkie, he will also chat it up about pretty much anything. Go ahead and ask...