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Zack Snyder's Justice League

4K Ultra HD

Blu Ray

  • Score
    84
    from 6 reviewers
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  • Zack Snyder's Justice League, a critical gem & 4K triumph, defies odds & expectations.

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  • Video
    94
  • Zack Snyder's Justice League's 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray UK release dazzles with a native 4K presentation, HDR10, retaining Snyder’s IMAX vision in 1.33:1 aspect, showcasing stunning detail and colors despite its dark palette, across two 100GB discs.

  • Audio
    94
  • Zack Snyder's Justice League 4K Blu-ray delivers an exceptional Dolby Atmos audio experience, rich with immersive, detailed soundscapes and dynamic action sequences, complemented by Junkie XL's compelling score.

  • Extra
    73
  • The 4-disc Zack Snyder's Justice League set includes the film split over 2 discs with the only extra being a featurette, while lacking a digital copy or the Justice is Gray edition, and sporting minimal bonus content.

  • Movie
    87
  • Zack Snyder's Justice League is a monumental, distinct vision, transforming the superhero team-up into an epic, flaw-filled labor of love, vastly different from Whedon's 2017 cut.

    Video: 94

    Zack Snyder's Justice League on 4K UHD Blu-ray provides a visually stunning experience, presenting the film across two 100GB 4K UHD discs with a native 4K 3840x2160/24p BT.2020 image, preserving the film's original fullscreen aspect ratio of 1.33:1. Utilizing the HEVC (H.265) codec for HDR10, the transfer showcases exceptional clarity, detail, and a wide color gamut without Dolby Vision. The high dynamic range (HDR) significantly enhances visual depth, especially during the numerous slow-motion scenes that are a hallmark of Snyder's direction. The film’s unique aspect ratio, akin to IMAX presentations, might initially appear unconventional due to the prevalence of 16x9 screens but ultimately contributes to a more immersive viewing experience by presenting more of the filmed image.

    Detail in the image is impressive, from the texture in costumes and armor to the subtleties in complex backgrounds and character close-ups. Despite a slightly desaturated color palette in keeping with the film's aesthetic, colors are accurate and vibrant where intended, particularly in scenes featuring Flash’s crimson costume or Cyborg’s glowing red eye, showcasing HDR10's capability to enhance both bright and dark elements effectively. The film grain remains natural throughout, contributing to a cinematic quality that enhances rather than detracts from the visual experience. While there are minor issues such as trace amounts of banding and black crush, likely due to the heavily stylized and graded appearance of the film, these do not significantly mar the overall presentation.

    The decision to split the movie over two discs has allowed for improved video data rates, ensuring that the film's lengthy runtime does not compromise its visual quality. Fine details are particularly noteworthy, from facial features to the intricate designs of CGI creatures, all benefiting from the 4K resolution and HDR enhancement. It’s clear that this release represents Snyder’s vision with fidelity, offering a slight but notable improvement over previous releases and providing viewers with a superior alternative to streaming platforms, free from bitrate limitations.

    Audio: 94

    Zack Snyder's Justice League on 4K UHD Blu-ray presents an audio experience that is as majestic and immersive as its visual counterpart, delivering a near-reference quality in the English Dolby Atmos format. Unlike its previous 2017 film version, this new cut presents a fundamentally different and room-filling sonic presence that utilizes Dolby Atmos' height channels impressively during high-flying action sequences, intense battles, and vibrant city scenes. This immersive object-based high definition surround sound track ensures every dialogue, from Batman's gravely voice to Steppenwolf's processed tones, is clear and coherent, enhancing the narrative coherence even amidst the chaos of battle. Tom Junkie XL Holkenberg's score further complements the mix with an exceptional range, adding layers to the atmosphere without overwhelming key dialogues or effects, ensuring each scene's audio contributes to an enthralling viewing experience.

    The Atmos mix is characterized by its active use of above-the-listener sounds, including music, atmospheric effects, and discrete action cues that contribute to a tangible level of immersion mirroring the on-screen visuals closely. Sequences such as the Amazon's clash with Steppenwolf or the underground skirmish beneath Gotham benefit from meticulous sound placement across different locations within the sound field, engaging the viewer in a dynamically mixed auditory environment. The audio consistently employs vertical extension during action scenes to spectacular effect, with Wonder Woman's acrobatics and Steppenwolf’s dramatic entrances being standout moments. Additional audio options and a range of subtitles ensure accessibility across a broad spectrum of audiences.

    The bass response is muscular and well-defined, contributing to the mix's roominess while maintaining a tight control over dynamics that prevents any overpowering of dialogue or essential foreground sounds. Even during the quieter moments, there’s an omnipresent surround presence that keeps the listener enveloped in Snyder's world, with the surround channels working overtime to create a continuous atmospheric backdrop. This level of detail extends to big set pieces, which are particularly impressive, managing to convey the grand scale of battles without sacrificing clarity for spectacle. The thoughtful layering of sound elements ensures that even in these densely packed scenes, there's a harmonious balance between dialogue, effects, and Junkie XL’s aggressive score, making for an aggressive yet articulate sonic experience recommended to be played loud for the full impact.

    Extra: 73

    The 4K UHD Blu-Ray release of "Zack Snyder's Justice League" spans a four-disc set, with the film's extensive runtime neatly divided across two discs dedicated to the ultra HD version and two for the standard Blu-ray presentation. This edition offers a sparse extra features lineup, notably missing opportunities for commentary tracks, behind-the-scenes footage of reshoots, or insights from the effects team. The sole bonus feature, "Road to Justice League," available on the first disc of both the 4K and Blu-ray sets, serves as a brief but engaging retrospective. Director Zack Snyder, along with key cast members, discusses his trilogy's journey, providing some surface-level insights without delving deeply into production secrets. Fans might find the exclusion of the "Justice is Gray" edition and a more comprehensive array of extras disappointing. The physical packaging mirrors the film's sober aesthetic but offers practical challenges with tightly stacked discs.

    Extras included in this disc:

    • Road to Justice League: Featurette

    Movie: 87

    Zack Snyder's cut of "Justice League" marks a monumental shift from its 2017 predecessor, transforming it from a contentious mishmash to a coherent and striking epic. This reimagining allows Snyder unfettered freedom to execute his vision, resulting in a film that is both visually stunning and narratively dense. It significantly diverges in terms of character development, plot pacing, and thematic depth, making it almost an entirely new experience distinct from the Whedon version. Over four hours long, with a substantial three hours of never-before-seen footage, it provides a meticulously well-paced story that gives ample room for massive build-up, character arcs, and R-rated intensity. Unlike previous DCEU entries crippled by studio meddling and character underutilization, Snyder's "Justice League" benefits from its extended format, offering a more complete and satisfying superhero ensemble narrative.

    The film's reevaluation of characters like Cyborg offers a more profound exploration into their backstories and struggles, anchoring the narrative's emotional core, while Steppenwolf is transformed into a genuinely threatening antagonist with clear motives and an intimidating presence. The inclusion of Darkseid elevates the stakes, providing a palpable sense of dread. Moreover, the aesthetic changes, such as the absence of CGI blemishes like Superman’s mustache controversy and the revision of visual effects, contribute to a more polished and immersive viewing experience. Nonetheless, the film is not without its criticisms—overindulgence in slow-motion sequences and occasional pacing issues hint at a potentially tighter edit lurking within this expansive endeavor.

    Furthermore, "Zack Snyder's Justice League" serves as a testament to Snyder's unique style and vision, revisiting themes of unity and redemption with a newfound clarity and depth. Despite its sprawling runtime, it manages to maintain focus, largely due to its episodic structure that cleverly breaks down the narrative into manageable segments. This structure, along with the thematic consistency and visual coherence achieved by maintaining Snyder's preferred aspect ratio throughout, solidifies the film as a singular directorial achievement. While it might not absolve all past missteps within the DCEU or completely satisfy every viewer's expectations, it undeniably represents a pivotal moment in superhero cinema—a director's unabashed vision brought to life, resulting in a fascinating case study of artistic integrity versus studio intervention.

    Total: 84

    Zack Snyder's "Justice League" has been nothing short of a legendary journey for fans and cinephiles alike, evolving from a fervent fan-led campaign to its monumental release. This 4K UHD Blu-ray presentation does more than justice to Snyder's grandiose vision; it elevates it. Viewers are treated to a breathtaking native 4K HDR10 transfer that brings out the intricate details and vibrant colors of the DC Universe in ways previously unseen. Accompanying this visual spectacle is the Dolby TrueHD 7.1 channel audio (with an Atmos core), providing an auditory experience as epic and immersive as the visuals. The audio mix achieves a delicate balance of clarity, dynamic range, and impactful low frequency effects, ensuring each scene's atmosphere is felt just as intensely as it is seen.

    The film itself, a satisfyingly excessive Snyder creation, benefits significantly from these technical enhancements. With a runtime exceeding four hours, divided into digestible chapters, this director's cut offers a richer narrative with improved character development and a more cohesive plot compared to its 2017 counterpart. Despite potentially compromising pacing for depth, the film remains a must-watch for DC enthusiasts, bolstered significantly by Warner Bros.' commitment to a high caliber A/V presentation. The package contains two 4K discs with minimal but meaningful extras, highlighting Snyder’s impact on the film and offering insights into his vision.

    In conclusion, while "Zack Snyder's Justice League" serves as a bittersweet showcase of what could have been for the DC Universe, its 4K UHD Blu-ray release stands as a triumphant realization of Snyder's unadulterated vision. This edition not only delights the franchise's faithful but also vindicates the relentless campaign for its release. With its superior video and audio quality, it becomes an essential addition to any collector’s library, highly recommended for both fans of Snyder and 4K aficionados. Though future releases may offer more in the way of extras or different editions, this release captures a pivotal moment in superhero cinema history with the respect and quality it deserves.