CHARLIE’S ANGELS 4K Ultra HD Review

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Natalie, Dylan, and Alex are Angels and they work for a man named Charlie at the Townsend Agency as private investigators. They are beautiful, highly skilled, and resilient. Individually, they are tough but together, they are practically unstoppable. At the agency, their point of contact with Charlie is Bosley and they communicate with Mr. Townsend through a speaker box.

They are tasked to find a computer genius named Eric Knox who has been kidnapped. It is believed that it may be a rival named Roger Corwin and that he is after Knox’s revolutionary voice-recognition system.

CHARLIE’S ANGELS is directed by McG and this is his first feature-length film. The Angels are Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu. They were cast when the trio was in the height of their popularity and that was part of what was going to pull in audiences. The supporting cast are legends in their own right with Tim Curry, Bill Murray, and the barely known (at the time) Sam Rockwell.

Cast
Cameron Diaz – Natalie Cook
Drew Barrymore – Dylan Sanders
Lucy Liu – Alex Munday
Bill Murray – John Bosley
Sam Rockwell – Eric Knox
Tim Curry – Roger Corwin
Kelly Lynch – Vivian Wood
Crispin Glover – Thin Man
Matt LeBlanc – Jason Gibbons
LL Cool J – Mr. Jone
s Tom Green – Chad
Luke Wilson – Pete Komisky

VIDEO QUALITY:

The video is a 2160p HEVC presentation that looks gorgeous. This has always been a colorful film in the HD format but the transfer here has been kicked up a notch. The coloring is bold with brilliance in so many places. The reds during the Asian-themed party are so striking but not overpowering. The same goes for the blue in the ladies’ racing suits. The blacks are deep and create some interesting contrasting. They are also leveled properly in the darker scenes. Skin tones are warm and natural. The clean look of the details has also been raised for the format and shows a lot of the elements that have not been seen before. These include facial lines, textures in clothing, and intricacies of various settings. You can tell that Sony took a lot of pride in making a stellar release of one of their biggest moneymakers.

AUDIO QUALITY:

The audio is a Dolby Atmos mix that sounds updated to match the video transfer. The points of action fill the channels when needed but it’s not as strong as you might think. This is possibly from changing the original mix to the Atmos version. The party scene has a lot of ambient sound and music works here too. Sound effects are big and as bold as it suits the film’s style. Loudness doesn’t always mean better and these effects are loud. Dialogue is clear and well prioritized.

SUPPLEMENTS & PACKAGING

The extras are carried over from the Blu-ray and there are a few short ones on the UHD.

UHD:
-Check Out the New Charlie’s Angels: This is a clip from the new movie from Sony.

-Teaser Trailer

-Theatrical Trailer

Blu-ray:
-Audio Commentary: with Director McG and Cinematographer Russell Carpenter.

-Getting G’d Up: This has the cast and crew seeking about the director.

-The Master and the Angels: This is about the martial arts choreographer on the film, Cheung-Yan Yuen.

-Welcome to Angel World: This looks at the world that has been created for the movie and its lighthearted nature.

-Angelic Attire: Dressing Cameron, Drew and Lucy: This is about the clothing design for the film.

-Angelic Effects: This goes over the visual effects in the movie.

-Wired Angels: This looks at the wirework action in the movie.
-Music Videos
-Previews
-Deleted Scenes
-Outtakes & Bloopers
Disc Details
2-Disc set w/1 4k UHD and 1 Blu-ray
Digital Copy

Running Time
98 mins

Edition Ratings
PG-13

Region Coding
Region Free

4k UHD
Video Resolution
2160p HEVC H.265
HDR: HDR10
Aspect ratio: 2.40:1

Audio Mixes
English Dolby Atmos
English Dolby TrueHD 7.1
English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Czech Dolby Digital 5.1
French DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
German DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Hindi Dolby Digital 2.0
Hungarian Dolby Digital 5.1
Italian Dolby Digital 5.1
Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1
Polish Dolby Digital 5.1
Portuguese Dolby Digital 5.1
Russian Dolby Digital 5.1
Spanish DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Tamil Dolby Digital 2.0
Telugu Dolby Digital 5.1
Thai Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles
English
English SDH
French
German
Italian
Japanese
Portuguese
Spanish
Arabic
Czech
Danish
Dutch
Finnish
Greek
Hindi
Hungarian
Korean
Mandarin (Traditional)
Norwegian
Polish
Romanian
Russian
Slovak
Slovenian
Swedish
Thai
Turkish

Blu-ray
Video Resolution
1080p AVC MPEG-4
Aspect ratio: 2.40:1

Audio Mixes
English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
French DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Portuguese DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles
English
English SDH
French
Portuguese
Spanish

THE BOTTOM LINE:

CHARLIE’S ANGELS is a spot-on example of what films were like in the early 2000s. Big explosions, women in skimpy outfits, and some of the music pinpoints the year. The release has a solid transfer and a nicely done, new mix. The mix could’ve been stronger but maybe next time. The new extras are on the UHD have little to do with the movie and they left the others on the previously released but included Blu-ray. Overall, this is a release worth picking up by the fans.

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