Pacific Rim 4K Blu-ray
By Chris Heinonen on
Summary: Set in the future, the world is being attacked by a race of giant monsters called Kaiju. The Kaiju emerge through a portal called the rift that appears in the ocean between the tectonic plates. To battle the Kaiju, the world creates the Jaeger program. The Jaegers are gigantic robots piloted by two humans, one for each side. The Jaegers begin to dominate the Kaiju, but over time more and more Kaiju keep appearing. As the menace to earth grows greater, the pilots of the Jaegers have to find a way to deal with the Kaiju once and for all.
Movie Review: My first viewing of Pacific Rim, I was less than impressed. I found it cheesy and predictable and everything you expect from a giant Monster vs. Robots movie. Given that it was directed by Guillermo del Toro, I think I just went in expecting more than it was. However, I’ve come to watch it many times over the years as the prior Blu-ray was reference quality material for the nighttime battle scenes. As I’ve watched it more, it has grown on me. I’ve come to accept it for what it is: a giant cheesy movie about battles between giant robots and monsters. If you come in expecting that, you’ll be happy. If you’re expecting something with the depth of his prior film, Pan’s Labyrinth, you’ll be disappointed as I was the first time.
Technical Review: Pacific Rim was shot using RED Epic cameras with 5K Redcode RAW resolution, but it has a 2K digital intermediate master. Because of this, all of the special effects are done at 2K resolution and that makes up the majority of the film. Despite this limitation, the image quality of the movie is superb. The wider color gamut is seen but the HDR effects are the most noticeable. The nighttime fights in Hong Kong City are brilliant, with neon and fiery explosions against a pitch black background. It really pops off the screen and looks superb. It is a title I’ll come back to again for testing the nighttime performance of displays.
The Atmos soundtrack is stunning as well. The upgrade in audio alone is worth it if you only have the Blu-ray. When people are huddled in the basement trying to avoid a Kaiju that begins to stomp on the ceiling, you feel that sound effect coming from the ceiling with the Atmos track. Surrounds are used extensively, and dialogue is always easy to understand. Technically, the film might not be as perfectly detailed as Deadpool or The Revenant, but it comes really close and is worth the update.
Special Features: Thirteen featurettes and directors commentary.
Phenomenal HDR and WCG image, Dolby Atmos soundtrack is a big upgrade over the standard one
Not a native 4K transfer
It isn't perfect, but it's close to reference quality and a great title to show off what UltraHD Blu-ray and Atmos can do