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The House with a Clock in Its Walls

4K Ultra HD

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  • Score
    85
    from 4 reviewers
  • The House with a Clock in Its Walls
    2018
    105 min
    PG
    2K Upscale
    HDR10
    Dolby Atmos

    Director: Eli Roth

    Actors: Jack Black, Cate Blanchett, Owen Vaccaro, Kyle MacLachlan

    Plot: A young orphan named Lewis Barnavelt aids his magical uncle in locating a clock with the power to bring about the end of the world.

    Disc Release Date: 18 December 2018

    • Video
      87
    • Audio
      93
    • Extra
      78
    • Movie
      76

    all scores

    avforums review by Simon Crust
    • Video
      90
    • The House with a Clock in its Walls was shot digitally using a combination of Arri Alexa Mini and SXT cameras with a resolution of 2.8K and finished as a 2K DI, which has presumably been used here for...

    • Audio
      90
    • Rather disappointingly the disc only supports a DTS-HD MA 7.1 surround track, compared to the USA’s Dolby Atmos, it is however, still pretty good. There is a tangible sense of atmosphere around the house,...

    • Extra
      60
    • All the extra features are found on the included Blu-ray. Audio Commentary - Director Eli Roth and actor Jack Black discuss the film from conception to finished product and while it is at time a little...

    • Movie
      60
    • I can give you the right books, teach you the right spells, but that last 1%, that's up to you Known for excessive violence and ‘torture porn’, director Eli Roth swaps what he is best known for to helm...

    • Total
      80
    • The House with a Clock in its Walls, based on the novel of the same name, tries very hard to win you over; it is filled with whimsy, delves into its characters and delivers a well-trodden story with conviction,...

    Blu-ray.com review by Martin Liebman
    • Video
      80
    • The House with a Clock in Its Walls looks very good on the UHD format and offers a nice boost in clarity, sharpness, and color depth when compared to the Blu-ray. The warm woods inside Jonathan's home...

    • Audio
      100
    • Sound design is critical to this movie's structure, cadence, and presentation. The Dolby Atmos soundtrack delivers it with care, attention to detail, and no shortage of big and immersive moments, yielding...

    • Extra
      70
    • While the included Blu-ray contains all of the supplemental content for this release, the UHD disc carries over a select few items: the commentary track, the Alternate Opening and Ending with optional...

    • Movie
      60
    • With The House with a Clock in Its Walls, gore maestro Eli Roth (The Green Inferno, Cabin Fever) has left his comfort zone to expand his horizons into more family friendly filmmaking territory, shaping...

    • Total
      80
    • Eli Roth crafts an enjoyable film with The House with a Clock in Its Walls. It can't quite find the heart it so desperately wants to uncover, though the film does balance narrative with visual effects...

    High-Def Digest review by M. Enois Duarte
    • Video
      80
    • The weirdly delightful fantasy flick casts its charming magic on Ultra HD with a lovely and occasionally entrancing HEVC H.265 encode, sporting a minor upgrade over the Blu-ray but not by a great deal....

    • Audio
      100
    • The magic continues to bewitch fans with a topping, reference-quality Dolby Atmos soundtrack that will make the home theater feel as though it were alive, much like the house itself. The opening scenes...

    • Extra
      50
    • While the accompanying Blu-ray contains all the supplemental material, a few bonuses are shared with the Ultra HD, which are explained in-depth below. 4K Ultra HD DiscAudio Commentary: Director Eli Roth...

    • Movie
      70
    • Arguably, the weirdest thing in a movie that features a creepy Victorian house with living furniture that behaves like pets and a pair of magically-talented, eccentric witches is seeing its director as...

    • Total
      80
    • The strangest and weirdest surprise in The House with a Clock in Its Walls, a movie all about weirdness and the strange, is that it comes from the imagination of gore-meister Eli Roth, a filmmaker better...

    AVSForum review by Ralph Potts
    • Video
      96
    • I find the natural rendering of light via its discernible stages and incremental highlights to be one of the presentation’s big pluses. This is the case during brightly lit exteriors, such as those at...

    • Audio
      100
    • At times it creates a tangible level of 3D immersion that is attention grabbing. Lewis’s first night in the house opens the door to what to expect as the various sounds/effects turn the room into a multi-dimensional...

    • Extra
      90
    • Disc 1: The House with a Clock in its Walls Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc 2: The House with a Clock in it Walls Blu-ray • Alternate Opening and Ending with Commentary by Director Eli Roth and Actor Jack Black...

    • Movie
      70
    • I enjoyed the flow of the story, its interpretation of magic and, the nature of the characters within its context. The house is as much a character in the story as those within it which was fun. I thought...

    • Total
      89
    • It comes to Blu-ray in the Ultra HD Combo Pack from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment featuring terrific overall video quality, entertaining lossless sound, including an excellent Dolby Atmos immersive...