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Arrival

4K Ultra HD

Blu Ray

  • Score
    78
    from 3 reviewers
  • Arrival
    2016
    116 min
    PG-13
    2K Upscale
    HDR10

    Director: Denis Villeneuve

    Actors: Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner, Forest Whitaker, Michael Stuhlbarg

    Plot: A linguist works with the military to communicate with alien lifeforms after twelve mysterious spacecraft appear around the world.

    Disc Release Date: 14 February 2017

    • Video
      74
    • Audio
      84
    • Extra
      63
    • Movie
      86

    all scores

    • Video
      70
    • Arrival arrives on US 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray with a suitably faithful HEVC / H.265 encoded 2160p transfer framed in the movie's original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.40:1 widescreen. The UHD Blu-ray was reviewed...

    • Audio
      90
    • Arrival's accompanying DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 track is far more easily quantifiable as demo material, with Villeneuve's features almost more famous for their scores than for their visuals, and this being...

    • Extra
      70
    • Arrival's extra features are, as is the norm for most Ultra HD Blu-ray releases, absent from the UHD disc itself, and instead you have to turn to the accompanying Blu-ray for them, a problem for those...

    • Movie
      90
    • Denis Villeneuve, director of Sicario, offers up Arrival a richly textured, deeply rewarding and highly original look at first contact.Arrival is a phenomenally powerful and surprisingly unpredictable...

    • Total
      80
    • Ultimately Arrival is one of the most thought-provoking movies you'll see this year, carrying heavy burdens about large-scale mistrust and miscommunication among nations with a surprisingly rewarding undercurrent...

    Blu-ray.com review by Martin Liebman
    • Video
      80
    • Arrival isn't a movie made for expressive visuals. As noted in the review of the 1080p Blu-ray, the movie is seriously drab, offering precious little in the way of standout color, visual depth, or frame...

    • Audio
      90
    • Arrival is curiously absent a Dolby Atmos soundtrack (even on this UHD) which, with the movie's sound structure and priorities, would have seemed only fitting and likely to enhance the experience. Nevertheless,...

    • Extra
      60
    • Arrival contains five featurettes, all of which can be found on the included Blu-ray disc. No unique 4K bonus content is available. A UV/iTunes digital copy code is included with purchase. Xenolinguistics:...

    • Movie
      100
    • Steven Spielberg may have already made the definitive alien contact movie with Close Encounters of the Third Kind, but Director Denis Villeneuve's (Sicario) Arrival does its best to challenge for that...

    • Total
      80
    • Arrival is a terrific film. It's smart. It doesn't engage in needless characterization, it doesn't bank on the sensation, it doesn't expend energy not required of it. It's sophisticated but accessible,...

    High-Def Digest review by Michael S. Palmer
    • Video
      70
    • [NOTE: for this review, I'm testing out an Epson Pro Cinema 6040UB Projector, which uses pixel-shifting technology to achieve a 3840 x 2160 resolution for UHD and 1080p sources. The 6040UB is also HDCP...

    • Audio
      100
    • 'Arrival' boasts the same English 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio on both the Ultra HD Blu-ray and the Blu-ray. After 'Sicario', I was eagerly anticipating another Denis Villeneuve film in Dolby Atmos, or a first...

    • Extra
    • As far as I can tell -- I don't have the DVD -- 'Arrival' bonus content is only available as an HD Exclusive, either via the Blu-ray and Ultra HD Blu-ray combo packs or OTT digital purchases from services...

    • Movie
      100
    • It's the most average morning of your life. You're off to school or work or running errands. Coffee in hand, thinking about the grocery list or worrying about that bill you need to pay. Then it happens....

    • Total
      80
    • 'Arrival' is an emotional movie-going experience built on the foundation of a thematically-haunting short story and an exceptionally tight screenplay. Director Denis Villeneuve and team have made an incredible...