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  • R.I.P.D. is a poor MIB clone with good UHD transfer, for fans on discount.

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  • Video
  • R.I.P.D. on UHD offers clearer, more detailed imagery than Blu-ray, with notable HDR enhancements. While it's a significant upgrade, it's not groundbreaking. Fans will appreciate it, especially on sale.

  • Audio
  • R.I.P.D.'s DTS:X soundtrack excels with loud, aggressive, and clear action, featuring discreet overhead sounds, immersive width, precise directionality, constant subwoofer engagement, and clear dialogue, maintaining balance without overdoing it.

  • Extra
  • This UHD R.I.P.D. release features all 2013 Blu-ray extras plus a Movies Anywhere code, available on both the UHD and included identical Blu-ray, with various alternate openings, deleted scenes, a gag reel, making-of content, and more.

  • Movie
  • Universal's 'R.I.P.D.' lands on UHD with 2160p/HDR, DTS:X audio, but no new extras—just legacy content from the 2013 Blu-ray, included in the package, timed with 'R.I.P.D. 2' Blu-ray release.

    Video: 70

    Universal's release of "R.I.P.D." on 4K UHD Blu-ray presents a visually impressive upgrade from its Blu-ray predecessor, showcasing a 2160p/HDR image that notably enhances clarity and detail, albeit without reinventing the wheel. The resolution increase is apparent, providing a more intimate look at textures and fine details, such as skin pores and facial hairs noticed in close-up shots, for instance, Nick Walker at the 11:57 mark stands as a prime example. These improvements are consistent throughout the film, elevating the viewing experience with sharper images that surpass the Blu-ray version. However, while the UHD version excels in delivering a cleaner and more detailed picture, it does not push the boundaries of the format to its highest echelons.

    The HDR grading further complements the UHD's visual fidelity, enhancing color depth and adding a richer dimension to the film's palette. Early scenes demonstrate how HDR transforms overly bright and artificial colors into ones that convey depth and intensity without sacrificing vibrancy. The red buildings in the opening title card benefit from this treatment, reflecting a subtler yet potent coloration. The HDR effect enriches whites, blacks, and skin tones as well - promoting brighter, more natural lighting, enhanced shadow detail, and lifelike complexions. Despite these positive strides towards realism and accuracy, the HDR grading doesn't necessarily provide the jaw-dropping moments some might expect from the format but instead offers a solid improvement over standard dynamic range.

    In terms of digital noise and compression artifacts, the 4K UHD presentation maintains a clean bill of health, contributing to a visually pleasing experience that is likely to satisfy fans of the film. Although it might not warrant an immediate upgrade for everyone given its incremental rather than revolutionary enhancements over Blu-ray, it represents a worthy addition for enthusiasts, especially when discounted. Overall, "R.I.P.D." in 4K UHD stands as a testament to how well-executed technical upgrading can breathe new life into films for home viewing, even if it might not set new standards for the medium.

    Audio: 75

    The DTS:X audio track accompanying the 4K UHD Blu-ray of "R.I.P.D." sets an exuberant standard for home cinema, exemplifying what audiophiles and movie fans alike seek in modern action movies. The mix is both robust and nuanced, ensuring that every explosion, car chase, and supernatural encounter is conveyed with an enthralling intensity that fills the room. From the get-go, viewers are treated to a soundscape that combines lucidity with a vigorous punch, employing a wide and immersive sound stage that masterfully utilises the z-axis for an enveloping experience. Notably, the film's audio makes effective use of discreet overhead channels in key scenes like the initial chase and at the R.I.P.D. headquarters, adding a layer of spatial realism without ever feeling forced or overwhelming.

    The blend of directional accuracy and dynamic movement across the channels highlights the soundtrack's sophisticated mixing. This precision ensures that every sound element, from the subtlest environmental noise to the most thunderous action sequence, is positioned with exacting detail within the soundscape. This not only enhances the cinematic experience but also elevates the overall audio presentation to demonstrate a masterclass in surround sound design. The subwoofer is consistently engaged throughout the film, providing a deep and textured bass that complements rather than dominates, ensuring the soundtrack's balance.

    Central to the soundtrack's success is its meticulous attention to dialogue clarity, which remains crisp and perfectly anchored in the center channel amidst the sonic extravaganza. This ensures that character interactions and crucial plot points are never lost to the listener. The musical score benefits similarly, stretching across the audio spectrum with clarity and richness that breathes life into each scene. Overall, "R.I.P.D."'s DTS:X track serves as a prime example of how high-fidelity audio can significantly augment the home viewing experience, delivering both sheer entertainment and technical prowess.

    Extra: 75

    This 4K UHD release of "R.I.P.D." not only promises an upgrade in visual quality but also delivers a comprehensive package of extras that enrich the viewing experience considerably. All supplemental content available on the 2013 Blu-ray is seamlessly integrated, either on the UHD disc itself or on the included Blu-ray which is a direct copy of the previous release. Fans and newcomers alike will appreciate the breadth of behind-the-scenes material, from alternate openings and deleted scenes to in-depth explorations of the film's production processes. Additionally, the set comes with a Movies Anywhere digital copy code and sports a sleek, albeit non-embossed, slipcover for collectors.

    Extras included in this disc:

    • Alternate Opening #1: An alternative beginning to the story.
    • Alternate Opening #2: Another unique start to the film.
    • Deleted/Alternate Scenes: A collection of scenes not included in the final cut.
    • Gag Reel: A compilation of bloopers and funny moments from the set.
    • R.I.P.D. Motion Comics: Bringing the Avatars to Life: A closer look at how the avatars were animated for the film.
    • Nick's New Avatars: Insights into the creation of Nick's character's new avatars.
    • Transferring R.I.P.D. - The Making Of: An extensive behind-the-scenes look at making the movie.
    • Filming the Other Side: A featurette focused on the film's depiction of the afterlife.
    • Walking Among Us: Deados & Avatars: Examination of the movie's undead characters and their avatars.
    • Anatomy of a Shootout: Analysis of one of the film's major action sequences.

    Movie: 50

    In the latest effort to rejuvenate the overlooked 2013 action film "R.I.P.D.," Universal has ambitiously released the movie on 4K UHD Blu-Ray. The presentation on this new format is a notable enhancement over its predecessors, boasting a crisp 2160p resolution coupled with HDR video quality that promises to breathe new life into the movie's visual feast. Auditory experience isn't left behind; the inclusion of DTS:X audio elevates the immersion, enveloping viewers in a soundscape that is as close to cinematic as home theaters can replicate. It’s a commendable upgrade that does justice to the film's dynamic action sequences and vibrant special effects, promising an invigorated viewing experience for fans and newcomers alike.

    However, those hoping for new insights or additional content might find the release somewhat lacking. This UHD edition retains all legacy extras from the original 2013 Blu-ray release, without introducing any fresh supplemental material. It's a missed opportunity to delve deeper into the creation and impact of "R.I.P.D.," especially considering the concurrent release of its sequel, "R.I.P.D. 2," exclusively on Blu-ray. Including insights or a bridge between the two movies could have added value to this edition, making it a more enticing package for enthusiasts eager to explore the universe further.

    Despite this, Universal's decision to roll out the "R.I.P.D." 4K UHD Blu-Ray in close timing with its sequel's release suggests an intent to reignite interest in this unique action-comedy universe. The technical upgrades are substantial, ensuring that the film is not only preserved but presented in a manner that highlights its strengths. While it may fall short in offering new content, the enhanced visual and audio experience alone makes it a worthy addition for collectors and fans looking to experience "R.I.P.D." in the best quality available today.

    Total: 50

    In our comprehensive assessment of the 4K UHD Blu-ray presentation of "R.I.P.D.," it becomes clear that the technical aspects of this release somewhat eclipse the film's lackluster narrative and thematic substance. Notably, "R.I.P.D." falls short in delivering the originality and engaging qualities found in its clear predecessor, "Men in Black," lacking both the humor and compelling elements that characterized the latter. Despite its derivative nature and overall forgettable impact, the transition to the UHD format is executed with commendable proficiency. The visual fidelity is robust, presenting a marked enhancement in clarity and detail that leverages the capabilities of the 4K UHD medium effectively. The auditory experience aligns with the high-quality visuals, showcasing a dynamic and richly layered soundscape that enhances the viewing experience.

    The inclusion of legacy extra features on the UHD disc itself, while not introducing any new content, is appreciated for offering a comprehensive package within this format. This decision ensures that enthusiasts and collectors have access to a complete experience without needing to refer to previous releases or additional discs. The absence of new supplemental content, however, does represent a missed opportunity to further enrich the offering with insights or retrospectives that might have added value to this edition.

    In conclusion, while "R.I.P.D." may not ascend to the ranks of memorable cinema, its 4K UHD Blu-ray presentation serves as a testament to the format's ability to refine and enhance even the most criticized films. The solid picture quality and impressive audio presentation provide a compelling argument for ownership among dedicated fans, especially as the price becomes more attractive. This release underscores the dichotomy between content and presentation, proving that excellence in technical execution can somewhat mitigate narrative shortcomings. As such, it stands recommended for those who appreciate high-definition upgrades or are completists in their collection strategies.