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Pacific Rim: Uprising

4K Ultra HD

Blu Ray

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  • Pacific Rim: Uprising disappoints fans of the original but excels in A/V quality.

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  • Video
  • Pacific Rim: Uprising's 4K UHD Blu-ray offers vibrant colors, dynamic contrast, and clarity that enhances textures and details, despite being an upscale from a 2K DI, making it nearly reference-quality.

  • Audio
  • Pacific Rim: Uprising's audio excels with its detailed, immersive Dolby Atmos track, enhancing every scene with dynamic sound, clear dialogue, and robust bass, perfectly complementing the visual spectacle.

  • Extra
  • Pacific Rim: Uprising's 4K and Blu-ray discs boast an extensive array of extras, including engaging featurettes and director commentary, despite their surface-level analysis.

  • Movie
  • Pacific Rim: Uprising, more Michael Bay than Guillermo del Toro, offers grand mech-versus-monster action but lacks the depth and heart of its predecessor, trading dark undertones for flashy setpieces.

    Video: 90

    Pacific Rim: Uprising's 4K UHD Blu-ray release presents a visually stunning upgrade over its 1080p counterpart, notwithstanding its origins from a 2K Digital Intermediate upscale. The image resolution is rendered at 3840 x 2160p across the board, featuring the film's original widescreen 2.4:1 aspect ratio. This presentation utilizes the HEVC H.265 encoding with support for both HDR10 and Dolby Vision, enhancing the visual experience significantly. With a color palette that benefits from the Wider Colour Gamut (WCG) and a 10-bit video depth, the film showcases a vibrant array of hues, making the dynamic battles between Jaegers and Kaiju pop with intensity. Scenes are imbued with a discernible increase in detail, sharper image quality, and emboldened contrast, thanks especially to Dolby Vision's enhancement which bolsters color saturation and intensity.

    Despite the upscale from a 2K digital intermediate, the UHD presentation reveals an appreciable improvement in textural integrity, clarity, and detail definition across both digital and practical elements within the film. The increased resolution allows for finer observation of character features, environmental textures, and the intricate designs of the Jaegers and Kaiju. Moreover, the dynamic range brought by HDR enriches the visual depth, with black levels appearing deeper and natural, thus maintaining detail even in the film’s darker sequences. Brightness levels are rich, providing the picture with a luxurious and cinematic appeal. However, it is noted that occasionally, there's a hint of artificiality to the image and instances of aliasing along sharp edges.

    The vividness of Pacific Rim: Uprising on 4K UHD is further accentuated by its use of color and light. Spectacular scenes filled with holograms, neon cityscapes, and intense beam weapons are rendered with an almost hypnotic zeal, thanks to the Dolby Vision grading. While specular highlights can sometimes bloom excessively, obscuring finer details, they contribute to giving metallic surfaces a realistic shimmer and distinguishing between various light sources. This transfer manages to retain its cinematic quality through its anamorphic photography despite some visible noise in visual effects shots—a minor caveat in an otherwise stellar presentation that make both robots and monsters brawl in stunning high definition.

    Audio: 90

    Pacific Rim: Uprising" boasts an impressive auditory display, primarily through its English Dolby Atmos track, which enhances the 4K UHD Blu-ray presentation significantly. The Atmos mix lays a solid foundation with an active soundstage that engages both vertically and horizontally, ensuring an immersive experience. This track emphasizes precision in sound placement and movement, enveloping the viewer in a cocoon of audio that's as dynamic as the on-screen action. From the crisp dialogue to the robust and sometimes hyperactive bass, every sound element is meticulously rendered. The Atmos’ object-based capabilities shine through during high-octane sequences, effectively utilizing the overhead channels to add depth and dimension, making every scene a palpable experience. The Dolby Atmos presentation offers an expansive soundscape where ambient sounds, music, and effects are seamlessly integrated, providing a tangible level of immersion.

    The audio maintains clarity across a wide spectrum, from the thunderous stomps of Jaegers to the roaring tumult of Kaiju battles, with LFE channels bolstering the film's visual enormity with a satisfactory bass presence. Although it might not reach the ground-shaking intensity some might expect, especially when compared against its predecessor, it doesn’t detract from the overall satisfaction. Discrete sound effects and directionality are superbly handled, creating a precise auditory mapping across the soundscape that complements the onscreen visuals perfectly. The blend of atmospheric sounds with action-packed sequences crafts an engaging auditory experience, punctuating every moment with auditory cues that heighten the impact of each scene.

    Despite a noted difference in the atmospheric punch compared to its forebear, "Pacific Rim: Uprising" doesn’t skimp on delivering audio that captivates and excites. Dialogue remains clear and prioritized amidst the cacophony, ensuring narrative coherence isn't lost. The meticulous attention to dynamic sound engineering promotes a detailed audio narrative that's both expansive and nuanced. With effective use of the Atmos and LFE channels alongside the active engagement of surrounds, this mix offers a commendable blend of fidelity and immersion. As such, this auditory experience elevates the film, allowing viewers to dive deeper into the cinematic universe of "Pacific Rim: Uprising," albeit with slight reservations on the low-end potency anticipated by some enthusiasts.

    Extra: 75

    The 4K UHD Blu-ray release of "Pacific Rim: Uprising" stands out notably for its comprehensive inclusion of extras directly on the 4K disc, a deviation from the norm which typically sees such content limited to the accompanying standard Blu-ray. Director Steven S. DeKnight's audio commentary emerges as a cornerstone among the features, offering insightful discourse on the sequel's development, character arcs, and intricate production design. Complementing this is a suite of around ten mini-featurettes, each delving into different facets of the film—from the evolution of the Jaegers in "Next Level Jaegers" to character deep dives such as "The Underworld of Uprising". Despite their rather promotional tone, these featurettes serve to enrich the viewing experience with behind-the-scenes glimpses and thematic explorations. Additionally, a collection of deleted scenes with optional directorial commentary affords further narrative context. This robust ensemble of special features, all accessible in 4K, enhances the value of this release for fans and cinephiles alike, despite some critiques on the superficiality of certain extras.

    Extras included in this disc:

    • Deleted Scenes with Commentary by Director Steven S. DeKnight: Optional directorial commentary sheds light on seven minutes of cut content.
    • Hall of Heroes: John Boyega introduces the Jaegers, highlighting their weaponry and enhancements.
    • Bridge to Uprising: Explores the ten-year narrative leap from the first film, featuring cast and crew insights.
    • The Underworld of Uprising: A look into character origins and their journey from the coastal “Relief Zones”.
    • Becoming Cadets: Focuses on the rigorous preparation required of the young PPDC cadet actors.
    • Unexpected Villain: Dissects the surprising antagonist turn of a beloved character from the original film.
    • Next Level Jaegers: Discusses technological advancements in the Jaeger program since the original film.
    • I Am Scrapper: Provides backstory for Scrapper, Amara's self-built Jaeger.
    • Going Mega: Focuses on the creation and challenges behind the Mega Kaiju.
    • Secrets of Shao: Offers insight into the character of Liwen Shao, the mind behind Shao Industries.
    • Mako Returns: Details the significance of Mako Mori's return to the storyline.
    • Feature Commentary with Director Steven S. DeKnight: An in-depth solo commentary covering various production aspects.

    Movie: 70

    Pacific Rim: Uprising" departs significantly from its predecessor’s blueprint, swapping Guillermo del Toro’s visionary craft for a style more reminiscent of Michael Bay's high-octane spectacle. The sequel, directed by newcomer Steven S. DeKnight, shifts away from the darker, more character-driven narrative of the original, opting instead for a light-hearted and straightforward mech versus monster showdown that prioritizes grandiose setpieces over substantial storytelling. A decade after the first film's Kaiju war victory, the world braces against new threats with advanced Jaegers, setting the stage for colossal battles that, while visually impressive, often lack the emotional depth and inventive flair that del Toro instilled in the franchise. The focus on large-scale action is clear, spotlighting daylight brawls that unveil the immense scale of combat more clearly than its predecessor.

    Character development takes a backseat in this sequel, with John Boyega's Jake Pentecost and Cailee Spaeny's Amara Namani leading a new cast that struggles to recapture the original's charm. The narrative tries to introduce novelty through its plot twists and Mecha-on-Mecha combat—a divergence from the first film—but these efforts are undermined by a script that leans heavily on genre clichés without offering much new depth or intricacy. The characters, particularly the younger cadets, feel underdeveloped, reducing them to mere pawns in an overarching plot focused primarily on spectacle over substance. Despite this, Boyega shines in his role, adding a layer of charisma to the otherwise predictable storyline.

    Despite its technical achievements and the occasional narrative surprise, "Pacific Rim: Uprising" ultimately offers a diluted experience that yearns for del Toro's guiding hand. The film succeeds in expanding its universe with more polished visuals and dynamic battles that are sure to entertain fans of straightforward action. However, it falls short of providing a memorable or impactful addition to the franchise. The sequel, while competently assembled by DeKnight, leaves audiences with a spectacle that is enjoyable yet fleeting, lacking the originality and emotional resonance that might have elevated it beyond mere popcorn entertainment.

    Total: 80

    Pacific Rim: Uprising," albeit not reaching the creative heights or the narrative richness of its predecessor under Guillermo Del Toro, still manages to carve out a niche for itself among genre aficionados as a bombastic sequel teeming with robot-versus-monster spectacle. While the film diverts significantly from the original's foundation, leaning more towards the spectacle-driven essence of action blockbusters like the "Transformers" series, it nonetheless delivers a visual Feast upon the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. Universal Pictures Home Entertainment ensures that this release shines with an excellent Ultra HD video rendering that nearly reaches the benchmark set by its predecessor, accompanied by an outstanding high-definition video, and bolstered by a robust Dolby Atmos immersive sound mix. Despite narrative shortcomings and a concentration on large-scale destruction over character depth or plot intricacy, this home release excels in presenting the chaotic grandeur of its cinematic universe.

    Critics and fans might find themselves divided on "Pacific Rim: Uprising" for its departure from the elements that distinguished the original film. However, when it comes to the 4K UHD Blu-ray presentation, there's unanimous agreement on its technical merits. The film offers pure popcorn escapism, enhanced by top-tier audio and visual treatments that transform living rooms into battlegrounds of cataclysmic clashes. The addition of a modest but informative set of supplements further enriches this package, making it a worthwhile acquisition for fans seeking demo-worthy HDR content and those able to appreciate the sequel for its unadulterated adrenaline-fueled action sequences, rather than its narrative depth.

    In conclusion, "Pacific Rim: Uprising" in its 4K UHD Blu-ray format stands as a testament to how cutting-edge home entertainment technology can elevate a film's reception, offsetting some of its cinematic flaws. While it may not capture the original's magic or innovation, this sequel still manages to deliver ample entertainment with its stunning visuals and immersive audio. Fans of the franchise and newcomers alike will find value in this release, provided expectations are adjusted for a viewing experience that prioritizes spectacle over substance. For those willing to embrace its extravagant robot versus monster showdowns, this 4K package is recommended, offering a vibrant and sonorous enhancement over standard Blu-ray options.