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Eddie the Eagle

4K Ultra HD

Blu Ray

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  • Eddie the Eagle's 4K UHD release impresses with heart and quality.

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  • Video
  • Eddie the Eagle's 4K UHD Blu-ray review highlights its detailed yet imperfect presentation, capturing some technical nuances but falling short of expectations with minor issues and subdued colors.

  • Audio
  • Eddie the Eagle's Dolby Atmos soundtrack excels in immersion during jump scenes and crowd cheers, enriching the film's ambiance and character focus without consistently leveraging Atmos' full potential.

  • Extra
  • Eddie the Eagle Blu-ray set comes with a 4K HDR disc, a 1080p version with extras, and digital HD copy. Features include a making-of segment, gallery, and trailer, but lacks audio commentary.

  • Movie
  • Eddie the Eagle," a heartwarming tale of perseverance, captures the essence of an underdog ski-jumper's journey at the 1988 Olympics, despite its highly fictionalized narrative.

    Video: 80

    The 4K UHD Blu-ray presentation of "Eddie the Eagle" showcases the film in an HEVC / H.265 encoded 2160p transfer with an aspect ratio of 2.39:1, bringing audiences closer to the slopes with a noticeable improvement in visual detail and texture over its 1080p counterpart. Despite being captured in parts at 6K, and finished with a digital intermediate at 2K, the upgrade to 4K isn’t as pronounced as one might hope, particularly in scenes utilizing special effects or green screen, which retain a diffused quality similar to that of the Blu-ray version. Detail in costumes and environments is enhanced, revealing nuances in materials such as the fabric of Eddie's spandex suit and the rugged wear on Peary's jeans, contributing to a more immersive viewing experience. However, this presentation is hampered by occasional judder and aliasing which can detract from the overall crispness and clarity expected from a 4K release.

    The color grading and contrast levels of "Eddie the Eagle" in 4K do not exhibit a marked departure from its Blu-ray release, presenting a somewhat subdued palette that may disappoint viewers expecting the vibrant hues typically associated with the late '80s setting. Despite this, HDR implementation does offer slightly brighter whites and deeper blacks, enriching scenes with more textured details in darker sequences and adding a degree of depth to the snow-laden landscapes. Colors remain accurate and full-bodied, where primaries are well-saturated without appearing exaggerated, maintaining a naturalistic tone throughout.

    In terms of clarity and depth, this 4K UHD presentation excels, fine-tuning visible details and bringing a conspicuous depth to various scenes that enhance the viewing experience. Black levels are consistent and deep, showcasing detailed night scenes without losing texture or depth. Despite the enhanced detail in close-ups and textures, which provides moments of visual delight, the overall presentation struggles to significantly outshine its high-definition counterpart. Issues such as aliasing and judder occur frequently enough to be noticeable, alongside a missed opportunity to exploit a wider color gamut for a more dynamic visual impact. Nonetheless, "Eddie the Eagle" on 4K UHD blu-ray stands as a respectable upgrade from the standard Blu-ray version, albeit one that might leave early adopters of the format looking forward to titles with more consistently applied enhancements across the board.

    Audio: 84

    The audio presentation of the "Eddie the Eagle" 4K UHD Blu-ray, featuring a Dolby Atmos mix, achieves a surprising level of immersion given its character-driven narrative and relatively sedate subject material. The mix, transitioning from a DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1 on its Blu-ray counterpart, offers exceptional fidelity and smartly prioritized dialogue, ensuring clarity and intelligibility across various scenes. While not an aggressive use of the Atmos format, the audio design shines during the ski jumping segments—where the sound field expands to envelop the viewer in Eddie's tumultuous descent and subsequent triumphs. Environmental sounds and crowd cheers are employed to bolster these moments, although the film's focus on conversation limits consistent exploitation of Atmos' dynamic spatial audio capabilities.

    The soundtrack, enriched by ’80s tunes and an engaging score, spreads warmly across the soundstage, occasionally extending into the surround and height channels to create a more expansive audio experience. This serves to enhance key moments without overwhelming the narrative's focus. Noteworthy is the mix's use of subtle ambient effects and ski jump sequences that elevate the listening experience with nuanced sound placement and a palpable sense of atmosphere. These technical choices reflect a balanced approach, optimizing the audio to complement the film’s emotional beats and narrative arcs effectively.

    Despite these strengths, the Dolby Atmos track may not consistently astonish aficionados seeking wall-rattling bass or relentless action-oriented soundscapes. However, it displays commendable warmth, detail, and separation, particularly in its handling of music and atmospheric elements. The low-frequency channel supports without dominating, adding depth to music and effects without succumbing to distortion, even at higher volumes. Overall, the "Eddie the Eagle" 4K UHD Blu-ray audio presentation demonstrates how thoughtful sound design and mixing can enhance storytelling, offering an enriching auditory experience that underscores the film's heartwarming appeal.

    Extra: 68

    The 4K UHD Blu-ray release of "Eddie the Eagle" presents a distinct divide in content, where the 4K disc exclusively offers the film in stunning 4K HDR without any added materials, delegating all extras to its accompanying 1080p Blu-ray disc. This compilation of special features is an insightful delve into the film's production, the factual inspirations behind the story, and the dynamic between characters, encapsulated mainly within a three-part documentary titled "Let The Games Begin." Covering a broad spectrum from cast and crew interviews to the challenges of recreating Olympic ski jumps on film, this extra content enriches the viewing experience significantly. Additionally, a still gallery and the film's original theatrical trailer are included, offering a visual exploration and a succinct marketing snapshot of the movie, respectively. Despite the absence of an audio commentary, the provided materials notably complement the film's narrative and production background.

    Extras included in this disc:

    • Let The Games Begin: A comprehensive behind-the-scenes look divided into three segments; exploring the heart of the film, the bond between Eddie and his coach Peary, and the intricacies of filming complex ski jump scenes.
    • Gallery: An HD gallery showcasing stills from the film and behind-the-scenes moments.
    • Theatrical Trailer: The original HD trailer that captures the essence and excitement of "Eddie the Eagle".

    Movie: 78

    Eddie the Eagle, depicted vibrantly in 4K UHD Blu-ray, narrates the compelling true story of Michael "Eddie" Edwards (Taron Egerton), a British ski-jumper whose unparalleled tenacity and spirit defy the odds. Despite a nation's skepticism, with the aid of a rebellious coach (Hugh Jackman), Eddie's journey to the 1988 Calgary Winter Olympics embodies the quintessential underdog narrative—a tale of heart over skill, ambition over expectations. This narrative core, pulsating with inspirational fervor, mirrors the essence of countless sports biopics yet distinguishes itself by focusing on the less trodden path of an Olympic ski jumper. With sterling performances, particularly by Egerton, whose portrayal captures Eddie's quirks and determination with finesse, the film excels at making its protagonist both relatable and inherently charming.

    However, amidst a landscape of cinematic spectacles tailor-made for the 4K UHD format, Eddie the Eagle emerges as a peculiar choice. It lacks the typical visual extravagance associated with high-resolution releases, offering instead a modest visual upgrade that enhances the storytelling without overshadowing it. This subtlety in technical presentation does not detract but rather underscores the film's narrative and emotional richness. The format’s inclusion of this particular title perhaps underscores an appreciation for storytelling diversity within the 4K realm, suggesting that narrative depth and character arcs can be as engaging as visual effects.

    The fictional liberties taken with Eddie's saga might deter purists seeking historical accuracy, but the film's heart and humor offer a counterweight that champions the underdog spirit. While certain plot embellishments and characterizations—like Hugh Jackman's coach—may seem contrived or derivative, they serve the film's larger narrative ambition: to inspire and entertain. As such, Eddie the Eagle transcends its potential biopic constraints, delivering a universally resonant message about resilience and self-belief. While it may not fully leverage the 4K UHD format’s technical capabilities, its inclusion in this collection nonetheless speaks to an appreciation for stories that uplift and entertain, making Eddie's improbable ascent a fitting metaphor for the format's burgeoning journey.

    Total: 77

    "Eddie the Eagle" on 4K UHD Blu-ray from 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment presents an underdog story that continues to inspire and enthrall viewers with its heartwarming narrative and dedication to portraying the true life of its eponymous character. The Ultra HD Blu-ray offers an exemplary video quality that, while not boasting the traditional 'wow' elements expected in a 4K presentation due to its heavily stylized cinematography, still provides a viewing experience that is generally good if never overwhelming. The audio experience, enriched by a gratifying Dolby Atmos mix, delivers satisfying and engaging sound, complementing the visual experience pleasantly. While some may argue that the visual and audio elements do not fully leverage the potential of the 4K format, the overall package remains attractive for those keen on enhancing their UHD library.

    The supplemental package provided is fair and insightful, offering a behind-the-scenes look that fans of the film will appreciate. Despite the slight limitations in video and audio due to stylistic choices and the inherent nature of the film’s content, "Eddie the Eagle" still stands out as a noteworthy addition to a 4K collection, particularly for those who prioritize content and narrative over technical spectacle. Early adopters and fans of the movie will find value in this release, thanks to its strong video presentation and engaging audio track.

    In conclusion, "Eddie the Eagle" on 4K UHD Blu-ray may not push the boundaries of what the format can offer in terms of audiovisual wow factors, but it delivers where it counts—heart and motivation. It's a solid release that combines near reference-quality video with a triumphant audio track and enriching extras. This film not only makes for a heartwarming viewing experience but also serves as a motivational piece that resonates well beyond its runtime. Whether you're a long-time fan or new to the tale of Eddie Edwards, this 4K UHD Blu-ray edition is indeed worth adding to your collection.