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Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children

4K Ultra HD

Blu Ray

  • Score
    79
    from 4 reviewers
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  • Burton's film captivates with visuals but falls short in magic and depth.

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    True 4K
    HDR10
    Dolby Atmos
    Dolby TrueHD
  • Video
    90
  • Miss Peregrine's UHD release defies usual 4K limitations with sharper, more vibrant visuals and a delightful presentation, enhancing textures and hues for a natural look.

  • Audio
    87
  • The audio design excels with object-based audio and overhead layers, blending music seamlessly while inventive Blu-ray and Atmos mixes, alongside dynamic surround speakers, create an immersive and meticulously detailed soundscape.

  • Extra
    76
  • The Blu-ray features extensive extras like 'The Peculiar Story' and 'Hollows & Ex-Hollows' featurettes, a detailed look at the Peculiars, and more, in 1080p HD.

  • Movie
    73
  • An eventful narrative rich in setup and period landscape, marred by underdeveloped characters, uncovers a secret world for unusual children, featuring detailed image loading code, hinting at a standalone feature intent.

    Video: 90

    Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children on 4K UHD Blu-Ray diverges from the common challenges found in transferring recent movies to 4K format, particularly those issues stemming from the use of 2K Digital Intermediates that limit the potential increase in picture quality. However, this particular release benefits from having been processed through a 4K DI (Digital Intermediate), which translates to a distinctly improved visual experience over its 1080p counterpart. Viewers can expect a discernible uptick in detail and a more vibrant color palette that brings out an enhanced depth and clarity in the imagery. This results in textures, such as clothing and furniture fabrics, displaying a more tangible and enriched look, providing a visual treat that more closely mirrors the director's vision.

    The 4K presentation notably shines in its enhanced chromatic highlights and increased detail, offering a sharper and more engaging picture quality. This upgrade is not just in the broader vistas but also in the minutiae, with subtle improvements adding up to create a noticeably superior viewing experience. The improvement is particularly evident in scenes rich with intricate details and those benefiting from the heightened color spectrum, where the warm secondary hues add a natural and wholesome feel to the character's skin tones, contributing to an overall more lifelike and inviting picture.

    Moreover, the 4K UHD Blu-Ray of Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children distinguishes itself with several standout scenes that showcase the format's capacity for cinematic beauty. The island setting, with its lush landscapes and expansive horizons, becomes almost tangible thanks to the exceptional clarity and depth of color offered by the 4K resolution. This visual enhancement serves not only to impress enthusiasts debating the jump to higher-definition formats but also to immerse viewers more deeply into the peculiar and vibrant world Tim Burton has crafted, making it an essential upgrade for fans and cinephiles alike.

    Audio: 87

    The audio presentation of "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" on the 4K UHD Blu-ray elevates the viewer's experience by skillfully employing object-based audio technology alongside an additional overhead layer, achieving a level of immersion that is nothing short of a masterclass in sound design. The Atmos channels, once engaged, not only retain but enhance the movie's auditory depth. This clever utilization of sound technology ensures that even as complex soundscapes unfold, they do so without ever overshadowing the on-screen action, thereby maintaining a seamless auditory narrative that complements the film's visual storytelling.

    Moreover, the music's integration is particularly noteworthy for its nuanced approach; it has been mixed over the platform with an evident care for maintaining natural depth and complexity to its orchestrated elements. This technique ensures that the music enriches the film without detracting from the thematic nuances and emotional beats of the story unfolding on screen. The attention to musical details serves as a testament to the audio design's sophistication, reinforcing the immersive quality of the experience.

    The surround speakers play a pivotal role in bringing the movie's more dynamic scenes to life, especially during the confrontations with the Hollowgasts. These sequences demonstrate flawless panning effects as debris scatters not just around but above the viewer, effectively utilizing the sides and rear channels to create a tangible sense of chaos and danger. Such inventive use of the 1080p Blu-ray's sound mix, now augmented with the Atmos capabilities, pushes the boundaries of home cinema, ensuring that every auditory aspect of "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" is as meticulously crafted and enjoyable as its visual counterpart.

    Extra: 76

    The 4K UHD Blu-ray of "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" dazzles not just with its enhanced visuals but also with a bounty of meticulously crafted extras primarily loaded on the included 1080p Blu-ray disc. These supplements offer an expansive behind-the-scenes look, highlighted by the standout "The Peculiars" featurette, a 65-minute deep dive into the idiosyncrasies and unique abilities of the peculiar children, enriched by detailed insights from cast and crew interviews. Additional noteworthy inclusions are "The Peculiar Story" and "Hollows & Ex-Hollows" featurettes, enhancing the viewing experience with a comprehensive overview and an intriguing exploration of the film’s antagonists. This collection achieves an exceptional balance of entertainment and education, making it an indispensable complement to the main feature for fans and newcomers alike.

    Extras included in this disc:

    • The Peculiar Story: A brief overview featurette.
    • The Peculiars: Meet the cast in exhaustive detail through interviews.
    • Hollows & Ex-Hollows: A featurette exploring the film’s antagonists.

    Movie: 73

    Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children," presented in mesmerizing 4K UHD Blu-ray quality, plunges viewers into a vibrant period landscape that is as rich visually as it is in narrative depth. The movie navigates through the tale with a commendable finesse, introducing us to a secret world where children possess unusual powers—a theme reminiscent of stories and photos cherished by the protagonist's grandfather. Despite its eventful narrative, the film encounters slight hiccups in character development, an issue not unfamiliar in other ensemble casts, notably observed in “X-Men: First Class.” Nonetheless, the allure of the fantastical elements woven into the storyline manages to engage and captivate.

    In terms of adaptation, it is clear that significant liberties were taken in translating Ransom Riggs's original story to the silver screen. This approach by Tim Burton and his team appears to be a deliberate attempt to craft a self-contained, standalone experience rather than a strict page-to-screen rendering. The changes, while notable, do not detract from the essence of the story; rather, they offer a unique cinematic interpretation that stands on its own merit. The film excels in immersing the audience into its magical realm, supported by the impeccable clarity and color fidelity afforded by the 4K UHD format, making every frame a spectacle.

    The visual spectacle is further bolstered by the detailed set designs and special effects that breathe life into the peculiarities of the children’s powers and the world they inhabit. The diligent transition from novel to film is apparent, with particular attention to visual storytelling that ensures the magical essence of the book is not lost but transformed. This visual narrative, combined with the superior video quality, ensures that "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" on 4K UHD Blu-ray not only stands out as a memorable adaptation but also as a pioneer in visual excellence, setting high standards for future fantasy films.

    Total: 79

    Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children," presented in 4K UHD Blu-ray by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, wraps an intriguing layer of visual and auditory enhancement around Tim Burton's distinctively captivating adaptation. While the film itself might not fully encapsulate the enchanting intricacies of its source material, its presentation in this format elevates the experience to new heights. The Ultra High Definition video quality shines, bringing out the peculiarities of Burton's world with remarkable clarity and depth, complemented by an excellent lossless surround sound that envelops the viewer in the film's fantastical ambiance.

    Despite the film's shortcomings in capturing the novel’s full magic and occasionally stumbling into narrative incongruities, its presentation on this Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack mitigates some of these issues through sheer sensory delight. The film, deemed far from suitable for younger viewers due to its darker themes, proves to be an engaging adventure for a more mature audience, willing to overlook its lapses. The Blu-ray’s visual and auditory fidelity ensures that every detail, from the subtle to the spectacular, is rendered with utmost precision, providing a more immersive journey into Burton’s peculiar world.

    In conclusion, while "Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children" on 4K UHD Blu-ray doesn't entirely escape criticism regarding its adaptation and character development, it significantly benefits from the high-definition treatment it receives. This package is undoubtedly aimed at enthusiasts desiring to experience the film's unique visual style and atmospheric depth at their finest. The Ultra HD presentation not only highlights the film's strengths but also somewhat compensates for its narrative and emotional gaps, making it a noteworthy addition to a Burton aficionado’s collection or anyone looking to dive into a visually rich, albeit slightly flawed, fantasy adventure.