Fifty Shades Darker 4K UHD Blu-ray

Summary: When a wounded Christian Grey (Jamie Dornan) tries to entice a cautious Anastasia Steele (Dakota Johnson) back into his life, she demands a new arrangement before she will give him another chance. As the two begin to build trust and find stability, shadowy figures from Christian’s past start to circle the couple. Jack Hyde (Eric Johnson) and Elena Lincoln (Kim Bassinger) intensify the story, determined to destroy the couple’s hopes for a future together.

Directed by James Foley (“House of Cards”), Fifty Shades Darker also features Bella Heathcote, as well as returning cast members Oscar winner Marcia Gay Harden and Rita Ora.

UltraHD Specs
Studio: Universal
Title: Fifty Shades Darker
Audio: DTS:X
Negative Formats: ARRIRAW (3.4K)
Digital Intermediate: 2K
Peak Brightness: 1000 nits
MPAA Rating: R
Length: 118 Minutes
Director: James Foley
Stars: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Eric Johnson, Rita Ora
Review Date: May 9, 2017
Price: $18.99

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Movie Review: Fifty Shades Darker is not a good film. My wife even read the books but had no desire to watch the movie after watching the first one. In the first twenty minutes to have Anastasia moving on from Christian, only to completely reconsider and change her mind as soon as he asks. From there it only gets worse, with Anastasia growing upset over his lifestyle and personal choices, but they were all things she knew before and came back to at the start. Even fans of the novel might want to skip this one.

Technical Review: Shot at 3.4K resolution but with only a 2K digital intermediate, the Fifty Shades does look very nice overall. You don’t get the full resolution of the negative, which is sad as there are so many fine textures that would look great, but the other benefits of UltraHD Blu-ray shine through. The expanded color palette gives you bright, bold colors that the Blu-ray lacks. A simple object like a shipping container early in the film is a shade of green that standard Blu-ray doesn’t capture. Neon signs inside the bar are a richer, brighter red that pops against the background. Skin tones are very smooth and natural while shadow details are well preserved. Despite the lack of true UHD resolution, the image is very nice.

The DTS:X soundtrack doesn’t stand out but it does the job. Vocals are clean and clear, and ambient effects are used to a degree. Certain situations, like the costume party, could benefit from more ambiance and immersion than the soundtrack provides. Overall the DTS:X soundtrack is well done for a fairly quiet drama but could be better.

Special Features: Six featurettes, a teaser for the next film, and deleted scenes.

Review System: Sony 65” X900E TV, Oppo UDP-203 UltraHD Blu-ray Player, KEF Ci5160RL-THX Fronts, Ci3160RL-THX Center, 2x Ci200RR-THX Surrounds, 4x CI200RR-THX Atmos Speakers, Anthem MRX 1120 Receiver.

Review Summary
Title: Fifty Shades Darker UltraHD Blu-ray
Reviewer:
Pros: Pleasing image and soundtrack.
Cons: Not a true 4K master, the film itself.
Summary: If you've read the book and really enjoyed it, you might enjoy the movie. If you're just after a good film, there are lots of other fantastic UHD movies to choose from.
Video: 4/5
Audio: 4.5/5
Movie: 2/5

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