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Hot Fuzz

4K Ultra HD

Blu Ray

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  • Hot Fuzz spoofs action with witty dialogue, intense audio but iffy 4K visuals.

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  • Video
  • Hot Fuzz's 4K UHD release disappoints with a lack of sharpness, detail, and dynamic HDR impact, feeling flat and not significantly improved over Blu-ray.

  • Audio
  • Hot Fuzz's DTS:X soundtrack is exuberantly over-the-top, immersing listeners with crystal-clear, thunderous audio, playfully exaggerated effects, and precise dialogue, offering a rollickingly immersive, albeit slightly unbalanced, auditory experience.

  • Extra
  • Hot Fuzz UHD & Blu-ray set thrills with 5 audio commentaries, extensive extras from past releases, and a digital copy, but no new content. A collector's dream capturing the essence of the film and its behind-the-scenes magic.

  • Movie
  • Hot Fuzz," a masterful satire by Edgar Wright and Simon Pegg, melds British charm with Hollywood action, delighting with sharp wit, a stellar British cast, and a critique on action cinema tropes, now in UHD.

    Video: 76

    The 4K UHD Blu-ray release of "Hot Fuzz" presents the film with an upscaled 3840 x 2160p resolution in the widescreen 2.35:1 aspect ratio, utilizing the HEVC (H.265) codec. This transfer was derived from a 2K digital intermediate, finished on 35mm film using an assortment of Arricam and Arriflex cameras. Despite the enhanced capabilities of 4K, including a 10-bit video depth, Wide Colour Gamut (WCG), and High Dynamic Range in HDR10+, the image rarely leverages these features to their full potential. While there are modest improvements in detail and texture, primarily in close-ups where skin textures and hair lines are marginally more defined, the overall presentation feels somewhat underwhelming. The expectation of a significant visual upgrade over previous releases remains largely unfulfilled, with many scenes suffering from a lack of sharpness and an overall flatness that dulls the vibrancy and dynamism one might anticipate from such a high-definition format.

    The HDR color grading does offer some improvements, particularly in enhancing the depth and density of colors, with certain scenes showcasing a more natural and solidified presentation compared to the brighter, less nuanced SDR Blu-ray version. Natural landscapes and interior scenes benefit from deeper greens and warm woods, contributing to a richer visual experience in these moments. However, these positive attributes are sporadically distributed throughout the film, with flesh tones and other hues occasionally appearing unnatural. The black levels are deepened, providing a slight improvement in shadow detail and contrast, yet the overall picture still lacks the visual pop and clarity expected from a 4K presentation.

    Despite these enhancements, the transfer suffers from issues that hamper its ability to truly shine. The inherent softness of the image, combined with a minimal application of grain, results in a presentation that often feels smoothed over rather than authentically filmic. Edge enhancement and sporadic source flaws further detract from what could have been a definitive viewing experience for "Hot Fuzz" aficionados. In summary, while there are moments where the visual quality genuinely benefits from the upgrade to UHD, they are too infrequent to consistently elevate the film beyond its predecessors, leaving this release as an opportunity missed for truly showcasing the wild, fast-paced world of "Hot Fuzz" in all its glory.

    Audio: 86

    The DTS:X soundtrack of "Hot Fuzz" on its 4K UHD Blu-ray release delivers an audacious and uproarious audio experience, commensurate with the film’s over-the-top comedic tone and action-packed sequences. This track takes complete advantage of the format's capabilities, bringing to life the exaggerated effects and high-intensity scenes with an enveloping, room-shaking presence. The use of overhead channels during the climactic shootout is notably aggressive, providing an immersive top-down experience that, while perhaps a bit unbalanced for some, fittingly complements the movie's bombastic nature. Dialogue remains crystal clear and well-prioritized amidst the chaos, grounded by a thunderous bass that lends weight to every explosion and gunshot, making for a consistently engaging listening experience.

    Besides the primary English DTS:X track, the release includes a variety of language options in 5.1 DTS-HD (French, Spanish, Japanese, and Portuguese), ensuring a broad accessibility without sacrificing the soundtrack's dynamic range. Ambient effects and musical scores are meticulously handled across all speakers, creating an all-encompassing atmospheric experience that enhances both the subtle and explosive moments of the film. The balance between clarity in dialogue, depth in music, and intensity in action sequences exemplifies a well-crafted sound design that is as entertaining as it is technically proficient.

    In essence, "Hot Fuzz's" audio presentation is a testament to the creative possibilities of contemporary sound engineering, adeptly balancing comedic and action elements without forgoing auditory precision. Even in its most overblown moments, the soundtrack remains a tightly controlled cacophony that mirrors the film's unique blend of genre tropes and satirical elements. While some may find the expanded use of surround channels teetering on excessive, it’s this very commitment to auditory excess that makes the DTS:X track a fitting homage to action cinema, expertly crafted for both audiophiles and fans of the film alike.

    Extra: 89

    The 4K UHD Blu-ray release of "Hot Fuzz" not only upgrades the visual and auditory experience but faithfully compiles an exhaustive list of extras that cater to fans and newcomers alike. No stone is left unturned, with all the beloved content from previous releases making a return, alongside the essential inclusion of five riveting audio commentaries. These commentaries offer insights from key personnel including Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright, and even Quentin Tarantino, enhancing the viewing experience with their diverse perspectives. Additionally, the package boasts a comprehensive suite of behind-the-scenes featurettes, deleted scenes, outtakes, and Edgar Wright’s early cop movie, ensuring that there's more than enough to satisfy those looking for depth beyond the main feature. While no new extras have been added, the collection impressively brings together every piece of supplemental material previously available, providing a definitive version for collectors without omitting any cherished content. The package's meticulous assembly confirms its status as one of the standout bonus collections available in the format, making it an indispensable addition to any aficionado’s library.

    Extras included in this disc:

    • Audio Commentary with Simon Pegg & Edgar Wright
    • Audio Commentary with the Sandford Police Service: Featuring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Jim Broadbent, Rafe Spall, Kevin Eldon & Olivia Colman
    • Audio Commentary with Edgar Wright & Quentin Tarantino
    • Audio Commentary with the Sandford Village People: Featuring Kenneth Cranham, Timothy Dalton, Paul Freeman & Edward Woodward
    • Audio Commentary with The Real Fuzz: Andy Leafe & Nick Eckland
    • Inadmissible: Deleted Scenes
    • Outtakes
    • The Evidence Room
    • The Fuzzball Rally: Uncut Commentary by Edgar Wright, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost & Joe Cornish
    • The Man Who Would Be Fuzz
    • Hot Funk
    • Danny's Notebook: The Other Side
    • Additional Video Blogs
    • Trailers
    • Storyboard Gallery

    Movie: 87

    Hot Fuzz," directed by Edgar Wright and starring Simon Pegg, remains a seminal work in the genre-blending sphere of cinema, combining the quintessentially British setting with the exaggerated bombast of Hollywood action flair. As part of the eminent 'Cornetto Trilogy,' it plays a critical role in bridging genres, bringing to the fore a riotous spoof of the police action and buddy cop films while simultaneously delivering an action-packed experience rooted in genuine narrative substance. The 4K UHD Blu-ray presentation enriches this experience by offering viewers a 2160p/HDR video that ensures every detail, from the quaintness of rural Britain to the high-octane action sequences, is rendered with impeccable clarity. Accompanied by DTS:X audio, every quip and explosion resonates with an intensity that amplifies the film's ability to balance tension with humor.

    The casting thrives on an ensemble of British talent, where Pegg shines as Nicholas Angel, an overachieving officer relocated to a seemingly serene village, only to uncover layers of intrigue and malfeasance. His partnership with Danny, portrayed with endearing chemistry by Nick Frost, serves as the emotional core, grounding the film's more extravagant elements. Their dynamic, enriched by Wright’s adept handling of both narrative pacing and visual comedy, elevates the movie beyond its satirical roots. Wright masterfully utilizes rapid cuts and exaggerated action sequences to both celebrate and parody the genre's conventions, culminating in a finale that brilliantly critiques Hollywood's excesses while delivering unabashed entertainment.

    Notably, "Hot Fuzz" does not shy away from leveraging its idyllic setting to juxtapose the mundane against a backdrop of escalating absurdity, turning everyday village life into the stage for a biting commentary on societal paranoia and community dynamics. It unspools a layered murder mystery with wit and vigor, ensuring that even its critique of genre tropes is imbued with affection. The inclusion of American action tropes into rural Britain not only highlights the absurdity of such scenes but does so with a clever self-awareness that invites audiences to laugh along. Despite its sharp humor and satirical edge, at its heart, "Hot Fuzz" expertly crafts a story of camaraderie, action, and intrigue that stands as a testament to Wright and Pegg’s innovative storytelling prowess.

    Total: 87

    The 4K UHD Blu-ray release of "Hot Fuzz," the stellar second entry in the acclaimed ‘Cornetto Trilogy,’ serves as a testament to its unique blend of genres, seamlessly weaving together elements of a buddy cop comedy, murder mystery, and over-the-top action. Celebrated for its astute parody of action movie tropes, the film also stands on its own merits with sharply witty dialogue and an unmatched dynamic between its two leading characters. However, the visual upgrade present in this 4K rendition from Paramount may leave something to be desired for enthusiasts seeking a significant step up from its Blu-ray counterpart. The transfer exhibits a softness and lacks the vivid depth one might expect, offering only a marginal improvement that doesn't fully exploit the capabilities of 4K technology. On the flip side, the auditory aspect of this release shines, with a bold and dynamic mix that brings the film's high-octane moments to life with a remarkable sense of immersion.

    Complementing these mixed visual qualities is a rich selection of extras, though unchanged from previous releases, including an impressive array of five commentary tracks that will certainly appeal to die-hard fans and new viewers alike seeking deeper insights into the creation and nuances of this cinematic gem. The audio experience is further enhanced by an English DTS-X track, alongside versatile multi-language DTS-HD options and subtitles, ensuring that no detail in the dialogue or soundtrack is lost, despite any qualms with the film’s visual presentation.

    In conclusion, while the 4K UHD release of "Hot Fuzz" underwhelms with its visual upgrade, failing to fully embrace the capabilities of the format, it compensates with a superb audio experience that immerses viewers in the film's thrilling and comedic moments. Fans of Edgar Wright’s work and newcomers alike will find enjoyment in the rich auditory presentation and plethora of extras, making it a worthy addition to any collection, albeit with tempered expectations for video quality. Encompasing both exhilaration and humor, this release captures the essence of "Hot Fuzz" even if it doesn’t quite deliver a knockout punch in visual fidelity.