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Five Nights at Freddy's

4K Ultra HD

Blu Ray

  • Score
    74
    from 2 reviewers
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  • Despite potential, the film underwhelms, boring subplots over tension, and limited appeal beyond diehard fans.

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  • Video
    89
  • Five Nights at Freddy's film boasts a detailed, warm palette in bright scenes and intentionally dark, muted tones in Freddy's, maintaining sharpness and depth, true to its eerie aesthetic.

  • Audio
    86
  • The Dolby Atmos track, clear and precise, enhances dialogue and atmospheric sounds with great realism, enriching the film's immersive experience despite its subdued visuals, complete with multi-language support.

  • Extra
    75
  • Behind-the-scenes of Five Nights at Freddy's film showcases in-depth insights on set design, animatronics, and adaptation, highlighting dedication to game accuracy and practical effects, with quick appearances by cast and YouTube influencers.

  • Movie
    72
  • 'Five Nights at Freddy's' film, framed with high production and nostalgia, struggles with scare scarcity and predictability despite a technically rich 4K release and deep game roots.

    Video: 89

    The 4K UHD Blu Ray presentation of "Five Nights at Freddy's" delivers a carefully curated visual experience that aligns perfectly with the film's intended atmospheric tone. Captured digitally in ARRIRAW format at 6.5K resolution using ARRI ALEXA 65 cameras, and possibly finished with a 4K Digital Intermediate, the transfer showcases a razor-sharp image clarity that excels in both brightly lit and darker scenes. Despite the overall design leaning towards the intentionally dark, dingy, and drab, there's an impressive handling of details. In well-lit environments such as outside the pizzeria or within dream sequences, the details are significantly clearer, whereas the darker settings inside Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza still manage to render fine details visible amidst the shadows. Skin tones are generally accurate, though occasionally impacted by the film's unique lighting choices, contributing to an authentic cinematic environment.

    Color rendition in this transfer is both subtle and intentional. The film avoids eye-popping hues in favor of a more muted palette that complements its dark themes. However, strategic use of vivid colors occurs in certain scenes, such as Abby’s brightly furnished room and the neon signage at Freddy Fazbear’s Pizza, adding depth and contrast to the largely subdued color scheme. These moments of color vibrancy, along with the deeply inky blacks and well-managed shadow details, provide a visual variety that enhances the viewing experience without betraying the film's aesthetic.

    Despite some limitations noted in dynamic range, particularly in darker scenes where black levels might appear slightly elevated, this does not detract significantly from the overall visual presentation. The HDR10 grade ensures that both bright and dark elements of the film are presented with a strong contrast range when applicable, albeit with a generally flatter appearance in dimly lit scenes due to high ISO filming conditions. The inherent sharpness and detail courtesy of the high-resolution capture and meticulous post-production work make this 4K UHD release faithful to the filmmakers' vision, offering a darkly immersive viewing experience that, while not meant for showcasing 4K's dazzle potential, serves its eerie narrative effectively.

    Audio: 86

    The audio presentation of the 4K UHD Blu-Ray for "Five Nights at Freddy's" excels in delivering an immersive auditory experience, particularly through its use of the Dolby Atmos track. Dialogue, a crucial element of the narrative, is rendered with remarkable clarity, ensuring that conversations remain intelligible even amidst the cacophony of the animatronics' movements and ambient mall noises. This clarity does not come at the expense of the atmospheric sounds and musical choices, including The Romantic's "Talking in Your Sleep," which, while an incongruous selection for the setting, serves to enhance Mike's dream-focused plotline. The film's soundscape shines especially in sequences involving the animatronics, with gears grinding and metal clashing in a fashion that lends a tangible sense of realism to these characters' ominous presence.

    The audio mix wisely prioritizes directionality and spatial sound, bringing to life the eerie ambiance of the animatronics' performances and their interactions within the space, such as their menacing approach underscored by hefty bass notes that amplify their threat. The diversity of audio options, including an English Dolby Atmos track alongside Spanish 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus and French 5.1 Dolby Digital, coupled with English SDH, Spanish, and French subtitles, ensures accessibility for a broad audience. The track's adept handling of dynamic range facilitates a seamless integration of loud audio stingers and nuanced panning effects, like Mr. Cupcake's vent traversal, which serves to envelop the viewer in the film's claustrophobic yet expansive world.

    This attention to auditory detail accentuates the film's immersive quality, echoing the original games' focus on enveloping the player in a constantly active environment. From the thrum of activity in background scenes to the jarring intensity of jump scares, the sound design complements the visual elements splendidly, making for a comprehensive sensory experience that both honors its source material and stands as a formidable presence in its own right within the horror genre.

    Extra: 75

    The extra presentation of the 4K UHD Blu-ray of "Five Nights at Freddy's" provides fans with a treasure trove of behind-the-scenes insights that enrich the viewing experience. Clocking in at a concise total length, these special features meticulously document the transformation from a beloved video game to a cinematic experience, highlighting the dedication to practical effects through detailed examinations of the animatronics and set designs. The documentary-style segments, featuring a wide array of interviews with key figures such as Emma Tammi, Jason Blum, and Josh Hutcherson, alongside artisans from Jim Henson's Creature Workshop, offer an authentic look at the creative process. While aimed primarily at fans familiar with the franchise, casual viewers will also find the exploration of filmcraft compelling. Moreover, the inclusion of YouTube influencers bridges the gap between the film and its digital-era audience, adding a layer of community engagement. These extras not only serve to demystify the film's production but also celebrate its roots and innovative approach to adapting interactive entertainment into a visually stunning narrative.

    Extras included in this disc:

    • Five Nights at Freddy's: From Game to Big Screen: A quick overview covering sets, animatronics, the story, and fidelity to the game's fan base.
    • Killer Animatronics: A deep dive into the creation of the Freddy gang's animatronics, emphasizing practical effects over CGI.
    • Five Nights in Three Dimensions: Discussion on the construction and immersive quality of the film's set design.

    Movie: 72

    "Five Nights at Freddy's," a movie adaptation of the popular video game series, makes its debut on 4K UHD courtesy of Universal, marking a significant milestone for fans eagerly anticipating its cinematic rendition. The package not only delivers a stunning visual and auditory experience with its Dolby Atmos audio track but also enriches the viewer's experience with three concise 'making of' featurettes. These behind-the-scenes glimpses are invaluable, offering insights into the transformation of a beloved video game phenomenon into a film, with particular emphasis on the creation of a tangible and immersive set and the meticulously detailed animatronic antagonists that have become synonymous with the franchise. Accompanied by a Blu-ray disc, slipcover, and digital code, the physical presentation of the movie is thorough and considerate, designed to satisfy both collectors and newcomers to the FNAF universe.

    Diving into the content, the film unfolds with a promising setup, bolstered by strong performances from a diverse cast. Josh Hutcherson leads as Mike, supported by the likes of Matthew Lillard and Mary Stuart Masterson, whose performances add depth to the narrative. Elizabeth Lail stands out as Officer Vanessa, imbuing the story with heart and tenacity. The meticulous attention to detail in set design brings Freddy Fazbear's Pizzeria to life with a convincing blend of nostalgic joy and sinister decay, setting the stage for a horror spectacle. The animatronics, once symbols of childhood entertainment, now haunt the deteriorated venue with an unsettling presence, promising a chilling experience.

    However, the film stumbles in its execution of suspense and terror. The narrative excessively diverts from the eerie confines of Freddy's to explore protagonist backstories and day-to-day struggles, diluting the fear factor and undermining what could have been a taut thriller. Scenes that should maximize tension instead veer into predictability, weakening the impact of its climactic moments. Moreover, the adaptation struggles to balance its source material's inherent horror with its cinematic ambitions, resulting in a movie that captures the visual and thematic essence of "Five Nights at Freddy's" but falters in delivering consistent scares. Despite these shortcomings, the film remains a noteworthy attempt to bridge the gap between video game lore and cinematic storytelling, offering a mixed but visually captivating experience that lays groundwork for potential future installments.

    Total: 74

    The 4K UHD Blu-ray presentation of "Five Nights at Freddy's" comes with a particular set of expectations given the game's harrowing and eerie atmosphere, which has enamored a vast fanbase. Unfortunately, the film transgresses by straying too far from its core; the eponymous Freddy and his unnerving entourage are underutilized, as the narrative meanders through extraneous subplots rather than capitalizing on the rich lore and intense survival horror elements that define the franchise. The cast does its best with what they're given, but the film's deviation from its potential to deliver non-stop thrills impacts its ability to serve as a compelling origin to a would-be cinematic universe. Nevertheless, from a technical standpoint, the disc's quality is undeniable, showcasing what the 4K UHD format can do when pushing the visual envelope, even if the film's content may not fully satisfy the expectations set by its source material.

    The bonus features leave much to be desired, hinting at a missed opportunity to delve deeper into the creative process behind adapting such an iconic game into film. Fans might have anticipated a more comprehensive suite of extras to complement the main feature, especially considering the franchise's rich lore and the inherent visual potential of translating it into a high-definition experience. It appears the physical release was aimed more at showcasing the capabilities of 4K technology rather than catering to the franchise's enthusiasts seeking exhaustive insight into the adaptation.

    In conclusion, while "Five Nights at Freddy's" 4K UHD Blu-ray excels in presentation quality, echoing the film's intent to leverage cutting-edge visual tech, it ultimately falters in capturing the essence of what makes the game series profoundly engaging. The film, wrapped in technical prowess, misses out on tightening its grip on the viewer with the expected suspense and horror, leaving room for improvement should future installments be considered. Dedicated fans might find value in this release for its visual fidelity alone, but those seeking a faithful and thrilling portrayal of Freddy Fazbear’s world might be left wanting more.