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Doctor Sleep

4K Ultra HD

Blu Ray

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    from 6 reviewers
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  • Doctor Sleep's sequel shines despite box office miss; 4K UHD & Director's Cut lauded.

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  • Video
  • Doctor Sleep's 4K UHD release impresses with vivid details and HDR enhancements, though its superior Director's Cut is regrettably Blu-ray only, dimming its full potential.

  • Audio
  • Warner delivers a chilling, demo-worthy Dolby Atmos soundtrack for both cuts of the movie, immersing viewers with dynamic, omnipresent audio effects and a haunting score, prioritizing dialogue amidst a superbly crafted atmosphere of dread and tension.

  • Extra
  • Doctor Sleep's 4K release pairs theatrical and extended cuts with in-depth extras exploring its tribute to Kubrick, cast insights, and production challenges, but uniquely positions the Director's Cut on Blu-ray, nudging towards digital.

  • Movie
  • Doctor Sleep masterfully bridges King's lore with Kubrick's vision, offering a rare sequel that honors its roots while exploring new depths.

    Video: 89

    Doctor Sleep" receives its UK 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release with a meticulously detailed native 4K video presentation that matches its US counterpart, boasting the incorporation of both Dolby Vision and HDR10+ enhancements. The disc showcases a 3840 x 2160p resolution image, sticking to the original theatrical widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and utilizing 10-bit video depth, a Wide Colour Gamut (WCG), and High Dynamic Range (HDR), all encoded with the HEVC (H.265) codec. This release was reviewed on an LG 55B7 Dolby Vision 4K Ultra HD OLED TV paired with a Panasonic DP-UB450 Dolby Vision HDR10+ 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player, presenting an impressively sharp and nuanced visual experience that highlights finer details and depth of colour saturation previously unseen on the standard Blu-ray version.

    Shot exclusively with Arri Alexa 65 cameras and finished on a 4K digital intermediate, "Doctor Sleep’s" 4K theatrical version carries exceptional clarity and detail, rendering every scene with heightened definition. From the intricacies in facial textures to the vivid portrayal of the film's varied and imaginative colour schemes, this transfer treats each scene with utmost care, presenting a consistently refined picture. Despite some sequences deeply bathed in darkness which limit showy 4K visuals, the overall picture quality is significantly enhanced by the improved contrast, brightness balance, and more pronounced colours provided by Dolby Vision HDR. Black levels are particularly deep, enhancing the cinematic quality and providing a further sense of dimensionality to the visuals. Nevertheless, it's noteworthy that certain creative decisions in cinematography and colour grading contribute to a distinct digital aesthetic, with a sometimes limited but nonetheless impactful use of HDR contributing to the film's ominously eerie atmosphere.

    While the main critique surrounds the absence of a 4K version for the Director's Cut, thereby necessitating viewers to opt for the Blu-ray version for the extended experience, this does not detract from the otherwise impressive native 4K presentation of the theatrical version. The attention to detail is evident across various scenes—whether in the depiction of intricate room elements or during outdoor sequences—where every detail contributes to a richer visual narrative. Skin tones appear natural and lifelike throughout, while colour reproduction remains vivid against the predominantly dark palette, effectively capturing the chilling essence of "Doctor Sleep" in ultra-high definition. Despite this, some scenes demonstrate a modest use of shadow detail and subtle aliasing issues, these moments do little to mar an overall stellar video presentation that significantly enriches the viewing experience.

    Audio: 95

    Warner Bros.' presentation of "Doctor Sleep" in Dolby Atmos is a testament to how immersive audio can amplify the viewing experience, with both cuts of the movie across all three discs featuring this high-fidelity audio format. The Atmos mix excels in delivering a spine-tingling atmosphere, perfectly complementing the film's intense visuals with a robust and dynamic soundscape. Dialogue is crisp and takes precedence, ensuring clarity and immersion without overshadowing the meticulously crafted ambient effects and the movie's signature heartbeat, which sets a foreboding tempo throughout.

    The use of the height channels creates a palpable sense of three-dimensional space, enveloping the listener with atmospheric sounds and discrete effects that enhance the storytelling. From the subtle chirping of birds to the more pronounced roar of the motorcycle engines and the iconic score, the audio presentation is continuously engaging. The mix makes effective use of its dynamic range; the low-frequency effects (LFE) channel delivers deep, resonating bass that underscores the supernatural elements without overwhelming. This careful balancing act maintains atmosphere as its primary focus, making "Doctor Sleep" an auditory experience that's as unnerving as it is enthralling.

    Reference-grade surround sound places viewers at the heart of the film's most climactic moments, with sound seamlessly moving around the environment to create an endlessly creepy setting. Vocals are precise, ensuring key dialogue is never lost amidst the supernatural chaos. The Dolby Atmos mix, complemented by a TrueHD 7.1 core for those without Atmos setups, proves to be one of the most effective and engaging audio experiences, delivering each scare and note of the score with impeccable clarity and depth.

    Extra: 75

    The 4K UHD Blu-ray release of "Doctor Sleep" impressively includes both Theatrical and Director's Cuts across two discs, with a focus on the latter for its enriched content, despite the perplexing choice to relegate the Director’s Cut exclusively to Blu-ray and digital formats—a move that seems aimed at nudging consumers towards digital consumption. The supplements, housed mainly on the 4K disc, boasts over half an hour’s worth of insightful featurettes. These delve into the creative process behind the sequel, emphasizing the collaborative effort between director Mike Flanagan and author Stephen King in bridging the gap between Kubrick’s "The Shining" and "Doctor Sleep." Highlighting the inclusion are discussions on the conceptual challenges, set reconstructions, and character developments, with significant contributions from the cast and crew. This comprehensive suite of extras significantly enhances the viewing experience, offering fans a deep dive into the continuation of a cinematic legacy.

    Extras included in this disc:

    • Return to the Overlook: An exploration of recreating the iconic hotel with insights from cast and crew.
    • The Making of Doctor Sleep: A New Vision: A roundtable discussion featuring Flanagan, King, and key cast members on bringing the sequel to life.
    • From Shining to Sleep: Flanagan and King discuss adapting the sequel and paying homage to Kubrick’s film.

    Movie: 84

    Doctor Sleep" emerges as an ambitious sequel to "The Shining," blending the distinct visions of Stephen King’s novel sequel and Stanley Kubrick’s iconic horror film. Director Mike Flanagan commendably navigates this complex terrain, offering a narrative that respects its literary and cinematic predecessors while charting its own course into a dark and supernatural narrative. The film, spanning a rich three hours in its Director's Cut, meticulously splits its focus between the troubled yet evolving life of Dan Torrance (Ewan McGregor) and the predatory exploits of the True Knot cult, led by the eerily charismatic Rose the Hat (Rebecca Ferguson). Flanagan's adaptation grapples with themes of trauma, redemption, and the battle between preserving innocence and succumbing to darkness. This depth is notably enhanced in the Director's Cut, which, despite its extended runtime, refines the pacing and enriches character development, offering a more immersive and comprehensive viewing experience.

    Technical merits of the 4K UHD Blu-ray presentation are noteworthy, with both cuts of the film receiving distinct disc releases. The theatrical version enjoys the full fidelity of 4K, while the Director's Cut, limited to Blu-ray format on disc, still promises an enriched viewing experience through a 4K digital copy. The visual and auditory enhancements of the 4K presentation, including Dolby Atmos mixes, elevate the eerie ambiance and the harrowing intensity of the film's psychological and supernatural encounters.

    Through its dual narrative arcs, "Doctor Sleep" weaves a complex yet compelling story that mirrors Dan’s internal struggle against his past demons and the external fight against malevolent forces seeking immortality through sinister means. The film deftly plays on nostalgia with respectful echoes of "The Shining," while confidently stepping into new territory, supported by strong performances, notably Ewan McGregor’s portrayal of Dan Torrance and Rebecca Ferguson’s menacing Rose the Hat. Despite occasionally diverging into overt homage, "Doctor Sleep" stands as a formidable sequel that respects its roots while exploring new horrors and moral complexities.

    Total: 83

    Doctor Sleep," despite its moderate performance at the box office and varied audience reception due to its daunting legacy, presents a commendable sequel to Stanley Kubrick's "The Shining." Directed by Mike Flanagan, the film intricately weaves Stephen King's lore with the iconic cinematic predecessor, creating a narrative that is both respectful and innovative. While it may not reach the eerie peaks of "The Shining," the 4K UHD Blu-ray release of "Doctor Sleep" offers an immersive audio-visual experience that deserves high praise. With Ewan McGregor leading a talented cast, the film delves into themes of confronting past traumas and battles against malevolent forces, all rendered in striking detail with the native 4K video and a Dolby Atmos sound mix.

    Warner Bros. Home Entertainment provides viewers with an exceptional package that includes both the original theatrical cut and an extended Director's Cut. Although it is disappointing that the longer, arguably superior Director's Cut is not available in 4K, the release compensates with its excellent image quality and an engaging Atmos soundtrack across both versions. The inclusion of a fair assortment of extras adds value, making this 4K UHD Blu-ray a worthy addition to any collection, especially for those looking to explore the film's deeper connections and expanded storyline.

    In conclusion, "Doctor Sleep" on 4K UHD Blu-ray stands as a testament to Flanagan's skillful direction and the cast's compelling performances. Despite some missed opportunities, such as the non-4K treatment of the Director's Cut, the package is meticulously crafted, offering a visually stunning and audibly immersive experience. This sequel may not outshine its monumental predecessor, but it respectfully expands upon its universe, offering a richly layered story that will likely gain appreciation over time. For fans of King, Kubrick, and high-quality home cinema, "Doctor Sleep" in this format is highly recommended.