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The Lighthouse

4K Ultra HD

Blu Ray

  • Score
    84
    from 2 reviewers
  • Arrow's 4K release presents The Lighthouse's unique style impeccably, with captivating special features and unforgettable performances by Dafoe & Pattinson.

    The Lighthouse 4K UHD Blu-ray Front Cover
    2019
    109 min
    R
    True 4K
    HDR10
    Dolby Vision
    DTS-HD MA
  • Video
    89
  • The HDR grades enhance details in the dark and light areas, with beautiful color gradations. The Lighthouse's 4K UHD, 2160p transfer in 1.20:1 ratio by A24 doesn't include a 1080 disc or additional technical features in its DigiBook.

  • Audio
    75
  • The Lighthouse provides a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track with aggressive use of surrounds and LFE, delivering howling gales, thunderous crashes, squawking birds, and subtle effects like hushed dialogue, from the abundance of ambient environmental sounds in its sound design.

  • Extra
    87
  • Explore The Lighthouse's folk horror & American Gothic influences through Kat Ellinger's visual essay, a new audio commentary with Robert Eggers, and bonus deleted scenes showcasing various aspects of the film (HD; total 4:29). Dive into additional featurettes for an immersive experience.

  • Movie
    84
  • A24 re-releases Robert Eggers' meticulously researched 2019 opus, The Lighthouse, exploring our past to understand the present, as part of their Collector's Edition series in a stunning DigiBook format, reflecting Eggers' immersive storytelling approach.

    True 4K
    HDR10
    Dolby Vision
    DTS-HD MA

    Director: Robert Eggers

    Actors: Robert Pattinson, Willem Dafoe, Valeriia Karaman

    Plot

    In the late 19th century, a young man named Ephraim Winslow is contracted to work as a 'wickie' for four weeks on an isolated island off the New England coast. He is to assist the aging lighthouse keeper Thomas Wake. From the moment Ephraim sets foot on the bleak and windswept island, he is subjected to the harsh realities of the job and the even harsher demeanor of Wake, who enforces grueling toil and strict discipline. Wake's tyranny extends to the most sacred realm of lighthouse keeping: the lamp itself, which only he is allowed to tend, casting an enigmatic allure over Ephraim.

    As the days pass, Ephraim battles not only with the relentless maintenance demands of the lighthouse and the capricious weather but also with supernatural hallucinations and his deteriorating mental state. He is plagued by eerie visions that disturb his nights and a growing suspicion about Wake's past and the true nature of their work. The isolation and the constant din of the foghorn wear down Ephraim's resilience, and the line between reality and delusion begins to blur. Strained camaraderie gives way to bitter antagonism as secrets unfold, and the men grapple with their sanity and each other, bound to the island's desolation and the relentless beacon of the lighthouse.

    Disc Release Date: 28 March 2023

    All Scores & Reviews

    • Video
      100
    • The HDR grades help bring out the detail in both, from the pitch-black corners of their cottage to the single burning light source, and couple this with a beautiful set of gradations between the two colour...

    • Audio
      90
    • Massively and surprisingly aggressive in its use of surrounds and the LFE channel to deliver howling gales, thunderous crashes, squawking birds and subtler effects such as hushed dialogue and the simple...

    • Extra
      90
    • Add in another great visual essay by Kat Ellinger, this time on how The Lighthouse reflects its folk horror and American Gothic influences in often surprising ways, and a brand-new audio commentary and...

    • Movie
      80
    • As now seems to be Eggers’ fascinating approach to his storytelling, it's another meticulously researched look into the various layers of our past to understand something about our present, an intellectually...

    • Total
      90
    • And this new 4K release from Arrow not just presents its very particular and stylised images and sounds in a near perfect manner, but includes a host of wonderfully interesting new special features to...

    Blu-ray.com review by Jeffrey Kauffman
    • Video
      90
    • Yes, grain is very thick at times, to the point it can mask the already gray, dreary skies in outdoor scenes in particular, but it's generally rather nicely resolved in my estimation, and is part of what...

    • Audio
      0
    • The Lighthouse offers a DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 track that derives considerable surround activity from the glut of ambient environmental effects that are a pretty ubiquitous part of the sound design....

    • Extra
      90
    • Outfitting The Lighthouse (HD; 9:48) is a second new piece, this one with costume designer Linda Muir, which gets into some of the minutiae of things like button styles....

    • Movie
      90
    • The reference to Id may indicate that there's a certain Freudian ambience to The Lighthouse, especially with regard to the power dynamic between the elder Wake and younger Winslow (a draft of the script...

    • Total
      80
    • Dafoe and Pattinson are both pretty amazing here (and I'm one who has never really cottoned to Pattinson's acting for some reason), and the entire film is awash (sorry again) in an absolutely palpable...