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X-Men: Apocalypse

4K Ultra HD

Blu Ray

  • Score
    75
    from 5 reviewers
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  • X-Men: Apocalypse's underwhelming film, yet stellar 4K UHD release praised for visuals & audio.

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  • Video
    92
  • X-Men: Apocalypse on 4K UHD showcases stunning visuals, with superior detail, vibrant HDR-enhanced colors, and deep blacks, making the most of its Ultra HD presentation.

  • Audio
    91
  • X-Men: Apocalypse's Dolby Atmos track delivers immersive, bass-rich, and clear audio across various setups, earning high praise for enhancing the film's action and visuals.

  • Extra
    77
  • X-Men: Apocalypse's Ultra HD Blu-ray release offers rich extras but omits 3D; includes extended scenes, gag reel, comprehensive documentary, and insightful commentary, all highlighting the making and creative decisions behind the film.

  • Movie
    73
  • Despite high hopes and a stellar cast, X-Men: Apocalypse disappoints with a bloated plot and lackluster execution, contrasting sharply with its preceding successes.

    Video: 92

    X-Men: Apocalypse's 4K UHD Blu-ray presentation, courtesy of 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, is showcased with an HEVC / H.265 encoded 2160p transfer that maintains a 2.40:1 aspect ratio. Filmed digitally using a dual-rig Red Epic Dragon camera setup at 6K, the movie was finished with a 4K Digital Intermediate for the 2D presentation, ensuring that this UHD release leverages the original high-resolution source. The standard 1080p Blu-ray, while sharp and well-defined, is eclipsed by the 4K UHD disc’s phenomenal clarity and detail. From the intricate sand patterns in the Egyptian prologue to the nuanced wood grain textures, the increase in detail is unmistakable. Even subtle aspects like Apocalypse's complexion present an impressive array of tones, enhanced by HDR's wide color gamut. While some CGI elements may appear more artificial due to the heightened resolution and dynamic range, the overall depth and realism of the image are significantly improved.

    The use of High Dynamic Range (HDR) alongside a wider color gamut (WCG) elevates the viewing experience dramatically. Bright elements such as explosions and reflections harness HDR to enhance specular highlights, while shadows retain deep, detailed blacks. Comparatively, colors are vibrant and pop off the screen, especially noticeable in character designs and during climactic battles. Apocalypse's varied hues under different lighting conditions stand out thanks to the proficient use of HDR, making every scene a visual feast. Importantly, the digital source remains pristine, free from banding or artifacts, ensuring a reference-quality picture.

    Despite the lack of exacting standards and calibration tools for HDR, this release of X-Men: Apocalypse on 4K UHD demonstrates an exemplary use of available technology to produce a visually stunning experience. The superior resolution, combined with HDR and a broader color palette, showcases an impressive level of detail in costume textures, skin tones, and environmental elements, surpassing its Blu-ray counterpart. While some CGI sequences may not benefit equally from the higher definition—occasionally revealing a slightly more digitized quality—the overall impact is undeniably striking, offering a definitive home theater experience that may very well serve as a benchmark for both enthusiasts and skeptics alike.

    Audio: 91

    The audio presentation of "X-Men: Apocalypse" on 4K UHD Blu-ray is an outstanding example of the capabilities of the Dolby Atmos format. Utilizing a Denon AVR-X7200WA AV receiver paired with a 7.2.4 immersive audio setup, the Atmos soundtrack delivers an exceptional auditory experience. From the thunderous bass in scenes of global destruction to the precise overhead effects during the crumbling of a pyramid, the mix actively engages with the listener, providing a tangible level of 3D immersion. The soundstage is expansive, taking full advantage of the surround and overhead channels to steer effects around the room, ensuring a dynamic and enveloping soundscape. The dialogue remains crystal clear and well-centered, ensuring that vocal clarity is maintained amidst the cacophony of action sequences.

    Moreover, the mix excels in capturing the nuances of smaller sound effects and background noises, contributing to a rich and detailed audio environment that complements the film's visual spectacle. The low frequency extension is notably robust, with the subwoofer action adding significant depth and rumble to action scenes – from the destruction wrought by Apocalypse to the more nuanced sound effects like Wolverine’s claws or Psylocke's energy blasts, everything feels full and impactful. The meticulously crafted mix finds a perfect balance, allowing vocals, effects, and music to coexist harmoniously.

    The surround sound presentation is equally impressive, creating a fully immersive experience that encapsulates the listener. Sound moves fluidly across all channels, from distinct action-oriented effects to subtler environmental ambiances and musical cues. Even in moments of intense on-screen destruction, every sound has its place, traveling around the listener to achieve a realistic representation of the film's expansive set pieces. Whether it's the roar of jets overhead or the collapse of monumental structures, the audio mix of "X-Men: Apocalypse" on 4K UHD Blu-ray sets a high standard for superhero film soundtracks, delivering an auditory experience that is as engaging as it is technically proficient.

    Extra: 77

    The 4K UHD Blu-ray release of "X-Men: Apocalypse," while missing a native 3D version contrary to Sony's inclusive trends, impresses with a region-free status for both the Ultra HD and the included Full HD Blu-ray discs, underscoring Fox's occasional deviation from region-locking practices. Supplemental content is limited to the Full HD disc, notable for its exclusive allocation of extras. Among these, the extensive array of 12 detailed deleted and extended scenes, inclusive of director Bryan Singer's insightful introductions, stands out by offering a deeper dive into character development and narrative choices, notably lamenting some missed opportunities for richer storytelling. The inclusion of a comprehensive documentary, "X-Men: Apocalypse Unearthed," alongside more lighthearted fare such as a gag reel and wrap party video, enriches the behind-the-scenes perspective. The audio commentary with Singer and Kinberg remains a highlight across both discs, offering substantive exploration into the film's creative process.

    Extras included in this disc:

    • Audio Commentary: Bryan Singer and Simon Kinberg discuss the filmmaking process.
    • Extended and Deleted Scenes: With optional introductions by Bryan Singer.
    • Gag Reel: On-set antics mostly featuring Jennifer Lawrence.
    • Wrap Party Video: A fun compilation from the film's wrap party.
    • X-Men: Apocalypse Unearthed: A multipart documentary covering the film's production.
    • Gallery: Includes Concept Art for Characters and Locations, plus Unit Photography.
    • Trailers: Teaser and official trailers for the film.

    Movie: 73

    "X-Men: Apocalypse," the latest installment in the long-standing franchise, emerges with a narrative entrenched in both the grandiose and the familiar. With a setting in 1983, the film unleashes Apocalypse, the original mutant, from millennia of imprisonment. His quest to cleanse Earth and establish a new world order brings together a mix of old and new mutants, pitting them in an inevitable clash. Led by Raven and Professor X, a group of young X-Men must navigate their burgeoning abilities to thwart this seemingly invincible foe. Despite an ensemble of talented actors and a rich tapestry of characters, the film grapples with the weight of its own ambitions and the redundancy of its central conflict—mutants against an apocalyptic threat—a narrative thread that, despite its name, feels all too familiar.

    Director Bryan Singer's fourth outing with the franchise is met with mixed emotions. While his pioneering spirit for superhero cinema is undeniable, "Apocalypse" stumbles, bogged down by overextended plotlines and a surplus of characters lacking in depth. The screenplay's overreliance on established dynamics, notably the Professor X and Magneto philosophical dichotomy, comes across as tired rather than invigorated. The visual spectacle of the film, bolstered by the 4K UHD Blu-ray presentation, underscores the action sequences and mutant powers with stunning clarity, yet it's mired by a narrative congested with underutilized new mutants and an antagonist whose threatening presence is more tell than show. The film's attempt to pivot towards newer characters is evident but feels inadequately explored, leaving much of their potential untapped.

    Therein lies the paradox of "X-Men: Apocalypse": a visually enthralling chapter that struggles to find a fresh voice among the echoes of its predecessors. Despite standout moments—Quicksilver's screen time remains a delight and Fassbender's Magneto imbues depth where possible—the film's insistence on revisiting worn terrains rather than charting unexplored ones signifies a series at a crossroads. As it stands, "Apocalypse" offers enough to satisfy hardcore fans and those drawn to its action-packed sequences but ultimately serves as a reminder that for the X-Men saga to evolve, a new narrative direction is imperative. The film is not without its merits but embodies the challenge of pushing a venerable franchise into new realms, emphasizing the need for rejuvenation and perhaps, a daring leap into uncharted narratives.

    Total: 75

    "X-Men: Apocalypse," despite its high anticipation, emerged as a notable disappointment compared to its predecessor, "Days of Future Past." Critics and viewers alike have pinpointed the screenplay's lack of creativity and the underutilization of a talented cast, including Jennifer Lawrence and Oscar Isaac, as primary downfalls. The consensus is clear: while the movie attempts to juggle numerous storylines and characters, resulting in some visually striking action sequences, it falls short in emotional engagement and narrative coherence. This has led many to express hope for a resurgence in quality with subsequent films such as "Deadpool 2" and "Logan."

    Despite the film's narrative shortcomings, the Ultra HD Blu-ray release of "X-Men: Apocalypse" receives unanimous praise for its technical merits. The 4K resolution combined with WCG, HDR, and 10-bit video offers an exemplary viewing experience characterized by pristine image quality, vibrant colors, and a broad dynamic range. Likewise, the Dolby Atmos soundtrack is lauded for its immersive quality, contributing to a reference-quality audiovisual experience. The package is further complemented by an array of insightful extras provided on the Full HD Blu-ray, despite their inability to justify the film's creative decisions.

    In conclusion, "X-Men: Apocalypse" on Ultra HD Blu-ray stands as a paradox; it showcases an exceptional technical presentation that sets the benchmark for home entertainment experiences, yet it is tethered to a film that fails to meet expectations. For aficionados of superior picture and sound quality seeking a demo disc to showcase their home theater systems, this release is highly recommended. However, the decision to acquire this edition ultimately depends on one's willingness to revisit the film itself. While the Ultra HD Blu-ray elevates "X-Men: Apocalypse" to its best possible version, it serves as a reminder of what could have been had the film's narrative and creativity matched its technical prowess.