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10 Cloverfield Lane

4K Ultra HD

Blu Ray

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  • '10 Cloverfield Lane,' a standout thriller with solid 4K UHD, thrives on tension and mystery.

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  • Video
  • The 4K UHD presentation of 10 Cloverfield Lane enhances colors and details modestly over Blu-ray, reflecting a stylistic, cooler palette aligned with the director's vision, underpinned by Dolby Vision's nuanced hues and improved clarity, despite a 2K DI source and minor source noise issues.

  • Audio
  • The Dolby Atmos mix excels in clarity and dynamic range, artfully balancing dialogue, immersive atmospherics, and potent LFE to enhance the viewing experience.

  • Extra
  • The 10 Cloverfield Lane UHD release features commentary with Trachtenberg and Abrams, 30+ mins of varying behind-the-scenes featurettes, and a digital copy, reflecting a mix of insightful and perfunctory extras.

  • Movie
  • In '10 Cloverfield Lane,' a woman in a bunker questions her savior's motives amid mysterious dangers, with a visually stunning but narratively uncertain connection to 'Cloverfield.'

    Video: 85

    10 Cloverfield Lane" makes its way onto 4K UHD Blu-Ray with a presentation that, while not pushing the boundaries of the format, offers a distinct and appreciable upgrade over its Blu-ray counterpart. Sourced from a 2K digital intermediate following a digital shoot on Red Epic Dragon cameras at up to 6K resolution, the film was notably finished with both HDR10 and Dolby Vision grading. This decision delivers a modest yet noteworthy boost in image quality on 4K UHD, particularly in aspects of color and contrast. The film’s deliberate cooler, dimly-lit aesthetic presents a challenge to the format’s capabilities, yet it revels in this with richer, deeper blacks and a more dynamic range, especially in low-light scenes such as Michelle's venture through the ventilation shafts, where shadows are deep yet detailed, and colors, though intentionally restrained, show an improved vibrancy and allure.

    Despite the inherent limitations of upscaling from a 2K DI to 4K, "10 Cloverfield Lane" benefits from crisper detail in close-ups and textures—skin tones appear more nuanced under bunker’s artificial lighting, and fine details like fabric textures and the rugged surface of the bunker's cinderblocks receive a slight but appreciable enhancement. The Dolby Vision implementation shines here, offering an uptick in clarity and color precision that breathes new life into the film's confined, oppressive setting. However, source noise and smudgy edges remain, albeit marginally reduced, and the peculiar issue of judder at approximately 22 minutes persists across formats, underscoring the limitations of the source material rather than the transfer itself.

    The HEVC H.265 encode accented with Dolby Vision HDR does justice to the film’s creative visual palette by elevating contrast and brightness levels where it counts—nighttime exteriors pop with brilliance and the bunker’s cramped interiors delineate between oppressive darkness and harsh artificial light effectively. Flesh tones find a more natural, if subdued place within the color scheme, facilitating a presentation that's both cinematic and respectful of the original vision. Despite not being a showcase for the sheer capabilities of 4K UHD, "10 Cloverfield Lane" offers a visually compelling experience that complements its tense narrative, making this upgrade commendable for fans and collectors alike. The occasional digital noise and artifacting do little to detract from what is essentially a solid, if not spectacular, visual representation of this psychological thriller in ultra-high definition.

    Audio: 88

    The 4K UHD Blu-Ray audio presentation of "10 Cloverfield Lane" makes use of an English Dolby Atmos mix (Dolby TrueHD compatible), which is a significant enhancement over its Blu-ray predecessor, offering an enriched atmospheric and spatial staging experience, especially notable given the film's predominantly intimate three-character drama. The mix is meticulously crafted to emphasize the claustrophobic tension of the characters' underground bunker setting, with creative uses of the height channels bringing external sounds into their confined space, thus adding layers to the narrative's suspense. The sound design excels in maintaining clarity throughout, alongside offering a broad spectrum of audio options in multiple languages, supported by an extensive array of subtitles, ensuring accessibility for a diverse audience.

    Dynamic range and low-frequency effects stand out in this audio presentation, showcasing a delicate balance between the eerily quiet moments that accentuate the film’s tense atmosphere and the full-throated roar of action sequences that fully engage the audience’s senses. Such contrasts are brilliantly executed, from the subtleties of a fish tank's bubbling to the impactful rumblings of off-screen explosions that vibrate the bunker’s interiors. The LFE channels, in particular, deliver potent and meaty contributions to both the score and the tangible impact sounds, effectively rattling the listening environment without overwhelming the intricate sound design.

    Dialogue reproduction is another strong point, with voices coming through crisp and clear, prioritized within the mix to ensure that every whispered word is intelligible. The surround sound presentation enriches the audio landscape further, from enveloping action sequences to enhancing quieter moments with nuanced background scores that subtly transition into the rear channels. Such detailed attention to sound not only complements the visual experience but immerses viewers within the film’s unique setting, making for a thoroughly engaging and meticulously crafted auditory experience.

    Extra: 70

    The 4K UHD Blu-ray release of "10 Cloverfield Lane" primarily leverages its extras from the included Blu-ray disc, offering a concise yet rewarding package for fans and newcomers alike. While the Ultra HD disc itself is devoid of any special features, the Blu-ray compensates with a variety of behind-the-scenes content and an engaging audio commentary by Director Dan Trachtenberg and Producer J.J. Abrams, available on both discs. The extras, running a total of approximately 35 minutes, range from insightful featurettes that delve into the film's connection to the "Cloverfield" universe, to more standard EPK fare that provides a broader overview of the movie's production, including spotlights on visual effects, costume design, and the film's climactic sequences. Also included is a digital HD copy, enhancing its appeal by offering versatility in how and where viewers can enjoy the film. Noteworthy is the inclusion of the audio commentary on the UHD disc as well, an addition that adds value to what might otherwise be seen as a straightforward repackage of previously released content.

    Extras included in this disc:

    • Audio Commentary with Dan Trachtenberg and Producer J.J. Abrams: Insightful discussion available on both Blu-ray and UHD discs.
    • Cloverfield Too: A detailed look at the connection between "10 Cloverfield Lane" and the Cloverfield universe.
    • Bunker Mentality: Exploration of the film's primary setting.
    • Duck and Cover: Spotlight on the creation of a homemade Hazmat suit.
    • Spin Off: Discusses the journey from spec script to production.
    • Kelvin Optical: Focuses on visual effects.
    • Fine Tuned: Delves into the unique scores composed for each character.
    • End of Story: Covers the movie’s epic finale.
    • Digital HD Copy: Includes a code for digital download.

    Movie: 85

    Paramount's release of '10 Cloverfield Lane' on the 4K UHD Blu-ray format offers a refreshingly crisp and vibrant visual experience, courtesy of Dolby Vision's color enhancement. Despite this notable improvement, the textural upgrades from its Blu-ray counterpart are somewhat muted, maintaining a consistent quality without significant advancements. Accompanying the visual display, the audio experience remains top-notch with its retained Dolby Atmos soundtrack, ensuring that both visuals and sound align to faithfully represent the movie's intense atmosphere and dramatic depth.

    Delving into the film itself, '10 Cloverfield Lane' distinguishes itself as a captivating psychological thriller that stands both in connection with and apart from its precursor, 'Cloverfield'. Directed by Dan Trachtenberg and produced under J.J. Abrams’ guiding vision, the movie unfolds with Mary Elizabeth Winstead's character, Michelle, waking up in an underground bunker after a car accident. Here, she finds herself trapped by John Goodman's character, Howard—a man whose intentions blur between savior and captor amid claims of a catastrophic attack rendering the outside world uninhabitable. The claustrophobic setting and tense dynamics between characters create an unrelenting atmosphere of suspense, masterfully orchestrated by Trachtenberg in his feature-length debut.

    The film interweaves a dense layer of intrigue and mystery through its narrative, cleverly playing on themes of confinement, survival, and the questioning of reality. Its departure from the found-footage style of its franchise predecessor towards a more traditional third-person narration not only refreshing but also serves to intensify the storyline's gripping psychological underpinnings. With exceptional performances from the cast, particularly John Goodman, '10 Cloverfield Lane' emerges as a standout thriller, offering a unique cinematic experience that both challenges and enthralls its audience while expanding the Cloverfield universe in unforeseen directions.

    Total: 81

    10 Cloverfield Lane" emerged as a commendable psychological thriller that maneuvers through a tense narrative of confinement and survival, set against the backdrop of a purported global catastrophe. This film stands distinct within the Cloverfield universe, shedding the found-footage style of its predecessor for a more intimate, character-driven story. Despite diverging from its Cloverfield roots in terms of structure and tone, it secures its place as a notable entry through its compelling performances, particularly John Goodman's unsettling portrayal, and a carefully layered suspense that keeps audiences on edge. Paramount Home Distribution's 4K UHD Blu-ray presentation enhances this gripping experience with a solid Ultra HD video quality complemented by Dolby Vision. The color work vividly amplifies the claustrophobic setting's atmospheric tension, although the textural improvements over its Blu-ray counterpart are minimal. The auditory experience is equally impressive, maintaining the demo-worthy, bass-heavy Dolby Atmos track from previous releases. This release also carries over all legacy supplements, providing a complete package that, while recommended for newcomers and HDR enthusiasts, might be considered a selective upgrade for existing owners.

    The package's value is underscored by the consistency in technical delivery across both visual and auditory fronts. Despite some reservations regarding the necessity of an upgrade for those who already own the Blu-ray version, the inclusion of Dolby Vision and a maintained Dolby Atmos soundtrack presents a compelling case for those invested in experiencing the best possible version of the film. The film's underlying themes of mystery, survival, and human resilience resonate well with its technical presentation, making it an essential acquisition for fans of the franchise and aficionados of the psychological thriller genre.

    In conclusion, "10 Cloverfield Lane" on 4K UHD Blu-ray offers a significant visual and auditory enhancement that complements its engaging narrative and strong character performances. While it may not provide substantial textural improvements over its Blu-ray counterpart, the added depth and vibrancy brought by Dolby Vision, alongside an impressive Dolby Atmos soundtrack, make it a worthy addition for collectors and newcomers. The film's standalone merit within the Cloverfield series coupled with its enhanced home viewing experience makes this release a recommended purchase, albeit one potentially worth acquiring on sale for those mindful of its overlap with prior versions.