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Bad Times at the El Royale

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Blu Ray

  • Score
    79
    from 4 reviewers
  • Bad Times at the El Royale
    2018
    141 min
    R
    True 4K
    HDR10
    Dolby Atmos

    Director: Drew Goddard

    Actors: Jeff Bridges, Cynthia Erivo, Dakota Johnson, Jon Hamm

    Plot: Early 1970s. Four strangers check in at the El Royale Hotel. The hotel is deserted, staffed by a single desk clerk. Some of the new guests' reasons for being there are less than innocent and some and are not who they appear to be.

    Disc Release Date: 1 January 2019

    • Video
      88
    • Audio
      91
    • Extra
      57
    • Movie
      80

    all scores

    • Video
      90
    • A largely demo presentation

    • Audio
      100
    • Perhaps an unlikely source of demo material, Bad Times at the El Royale sounds absolutely superb

    • Extra
      50
    • A decent making-of Featurette, Gallery and Trailers

    • Movie
      80
    • Whilst it doesn't quite hit the memorable notes of those Tarantino greats, it does make for one hell of a mystery

    • Total
      80
    • For a sophomore writer/director feature, it's pretty damn good; it's got style and it's got swagger, and it's worth checking out

    Blu-ray.com review by Jeffrey Kauffman
    • Video
      90
    • Bad Times at the El Royale is presented on 4K UHD courtesy of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment with a 2160p transfer in 2.39:1. While the 4K version of this film is hugely enjoyable, it didn't quite...

    • Audio
      100
    • This 4K version of Bad Times at the El Royale features a wonderfully immersive Dolby Atmos track that admittedly may not provide a ton of midair "showy" sonics, but which delivers a glut of surround activity...

    • Extra
    • Fox doesn't include any supplements on the 4K version of the film. The rather interesting making of featurette described in our Bad Times at the El Royale Blu-ray review is of course included on the 1080p...

    • Movie
      70
    • Hotel California (and Nevada). Grand Hotel was one of the first, if not the first, big ensemble films in Hollywood history, with that vaunted "all star cast", perhaps before that term had even been properly...

    • Total
      70
    • Could Bad Times at the El Royale have been tightened and provided clearer exposition with regard to at least a couple of its characters' stories? Absolutely. I for one am still unclear who was killed in...

    High-Def Digest review by M. Enois Duarte
    • Video
      80
    • Bad times come to a sudden and violent clash on Ultra HD packing a fully-loaded and ultimately lovely HEVC H.265 encode, showcasing a few welcomed improvements over the Blu-ray. Shot on traditional 35mm...

    • Audio
      90
    • The neo-noir thriller erupts into action with an outstanding Dolby Atmos soundtrack that terrifically enhances its already-fantastic DTS-HD counterpart. Imaging is splendid expansive and spacious, displaying...

    • Extra
      10
    • The same set of supplements are ported over from the Blu-ray.Making Bad Times at the El Royale (HD, 29 min): A short documentary with cast & crew interviews talking about the production, but mainly focused...

    • Movie
      70
    • Even after a couple of days of deliberating, I'm still not sure what to think of Bad Times at the El Royale. And that's actually meant as a compliment because the characters, story, and visuals continue...

    • Total
      60
    • Although the film lingers in the back of the mind long after it is over, Bad Times at the El Royale leaves one wondering what the heck they just watched or if the violent absurdity even serves any purpose....

    AVSForum review by Ralph Potts
    • Video
      90
    • Bad Times at the El Royale was shot on film and finished on a 4K DI for its presentation on Ultra HD Blu-ray....

    • Audio
      90
    • I noticed that the front overhead channels were used for adding depth to the soundstage while the rear overhead channels contained more discrete sound objects/effects. In addition to things like overhead...

    • Extra
      40
    • Disc 1: Bad Times at the El Royale Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc 2: Bad Times at the El Royale Blu-ray Making Bad Times at the El Royale – Featurette Gallery Digital Copy...

    • Movie
      70
    • It’s January 1969. Richard Nixon has been inaugurated as the 37th president of the United States. A new decade beckons. And seven very different but equally lost souls converge on the El Royale, a once-glorious...

    • Total
      73
    • It comes to Blu-ray from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment in this Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack featuring excellent overall technical merits that compliment its thematic tone. Bad Times at the El Royale...

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