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Men in Black

4K Ultra HD

Blu Ray

  • Score
    76
    from 3 reviewers
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  • Men in Black's 4K release wows with quality and extras; a must for fans.

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  • Video
    81
  • Men in Black's 4K UHD release dazzles with stellar visuals, refined colors, and detailed textures, elevating the trilogy to cinematic excellence.

  • Audio
    84
  • Men in Black's Dolby Atmos soundtracks are immersive and aggressive, offering precise, full-stage clarity and deep bass across all films, making them a reference-worthy audio experience.

  • Extra
    81
  • The Men in Black UHD release retains all prior Blu-ray bonus features, including commentaries, trivia, scene deconstructions, and a documentary, but adds no new content. Perfect for fans yet to explore these extras.

  • Movie
    74
  • Men in Black Trilogy shines in UHD collection, masterfully blending comedy, sci-fi, and action with smart commentary, despite MIB II's falter. A visual and entertaining treat.

    Video: 81

    Men in Black's arrival on 4K UHD is a revelation that not only pays homage to the original filmic texture but elevates it to a visual spectacle seldom seen in catalogue releases. The transfer meticulously preserves the film grain, presenting it more pronounced than its Blu-ray predecessor, enhancing the cinematic experience without deviating from its filmic roots. Detail enhancement is profound, casting a new light on textures and nuances across diverse environments – from the bustling streets of New York to the sleek confines of MIB headquarters. Notably, Vincent D'Onofrio's Edgar character benefits from this upgrade, with his attire exhibiting a newfound clarity in texture and flaws, demonstrating the UHD's capability to reveal finer details lost in previous transfers. The HDR color grading is particularly commendable; it breathes life into the film’s palette without betraying its original aesthetic, offering a delicate balance of vibrancy and nuance. The rendition of skins tones has received a much-needed correction, now appearing natural and untainted, alongside primaries that showcase the film's ingenious use of color within alien designs and props.

    Sony's efforts in transitioning Men in Black and its sequels to 4K have not gone unnoticed, with each entry receiving its due diligence to correct past shortcomings and enhance the viewing experience significantly. The leap from Blu-ray to UHD rectifies previously muddled low-light scenes and black levels, delivering a contrast-rich picture where blacks are deep yet detailed, preventing the crushing or haziness observed in older releases. Consequently, colors are more accurate and vibrant—J's red coat and the iconic black suits are testament to this improvement, displaying depth and a richness that was hitherto unseen. Despite some inherent limitations due to the original CGI work, which becomes more noticeable with the increase in resolution, the overall composition remains impressively faithful to the filmmakers' vision, with special effects, both practical and digital, maintaining their integrity under the scrutinous clarity of 4K.

    This meticulous restoration and upgrade process ensures that Men In Black's allure is not only preserved but augmented for home viewing. The dedication to preserving film grain while judiciously applying HDR enhancements speaks volumes of Sony's commitment to quality. Even as Men In Black II and III navigate the challenges posed by their varying reliance on CGI effects, they too benefit from this heightened clarity and color fidelity. Men In Black III, in particular, stands out, leveraging its 4K digital intermediate to showcase exceptional depth and visual dynamics absent from its predecessors. From start to finish, this 4K UHD presentation redefines what fans can expect from high-definition restorations, setting a new benchmark for cinematic home entertainment.

    Audio: 84

    The audio presentation of Men in Black on 4K UHD Blu-ray, remixed into Dolby Atmos, truly elevates the experience to spectacular heights, endowing it with a visceral and immersive audio landscape that both honors and amplifies the original soundtrack's intentions. The Atmos mix is noted for its impressively expansive sound stage that aggressively employs both surround channels and subwoofer support to create a vivid, all-encompassing audio environment. This is particularly showcased in sequences with alien craft crashes and large-scale action scenes where the precise placement of sonic elements via added rear and overhead speakers contributes to a remarkably immersive experience. Furthermore, the mix excels in delivering crystal-clear dialogue and utilizes music efficiently, ensuring a powerfully spaced distribution across the stage, thereby contributing to the film's dynamic atmosphere.

    However, it's worth noting that while the Atmos remix provides an engaging sonic expansion, certain aspects reflect its origins from an older sound design, affecting its overall impact compared to more contemporary mixes. The LFE (Low-Frequency Effects) channel, although potent in specific instances like gunfire and major explosions, is generally applied with restraint elsewhere. Surround usage varies, brilliantly accentuating moments within the Men in Black headquarters but falling short on delivering ambient city sounds, rendering New York audibly lifeless at times. Despite these inconsistencies, the redesign shines in its late stages, thrillingly capturing jet engines, UFO impacts, and other high-intensity actions in the final act.

    Audiences should be prepared for a robust auditory experience that might compel one to raise the volume higher than usual, embracing the enhanced LFE presence and enjoying the meticulously spaced mix which brings out every nuance of the soundtrack. From Danny Elfman's compositions to the hum of engines and the subtler sounds that lend depth to its world, Men in Black's audio presentation is a testament to how technology can reinvigorate classic films. Dialogue clarity, balanced levels, and a well-orchestrated sense of immersion make this an A-grade Atmos soundtrack that pairs beautifully with the film's top-tier visual quality.

    Extra: 81

    The "Men in Black" 4K UHD Blu-ray extra presentation efficiently compiles all supplemental content on the bundled traditional Blu-ray, mirroring the 2008 release without introducing new material. This collection offers enthusiasts ample behind-the-scenes insights with two audio commentaries highlighted by a telestrator session with director Barry Sonnenfeld and actor Tommy Lee Jones, providing a unique visual and auditory exploration of the film. Noteworthy is the robust selection of featurettes, including the comprehensive "Metamorphosis of Men in Black," alongside technical deep dives into visual effects, character animations, and creature development. The inclusion of extended scenes, multimedia galleries, and interactive segments such as the MIB trivia game, fosters an engaging experience. While the absence of new extras on the 4K UHD disc might disappoint some, the breadth and depth of content retained from previous iterations will likely satisfy both newcomers and seasoned fans seeking to revisit the film's production intricacies and charm.

    Extras included in this disc:

    Audio Commentary: Telestrator commentary with Director Barry Sonnenfeld and Tommy Lee Jones.

    Audio Commentary: Second commentary track by the same duo.

    Intergalactic Pursuit: The MIB Multi-Player Trivia Game.

    Ask Frank the Pug!

    Extended and Alternate Scenes

    Metamorphosis of Men in Black

    Original Featurette

    Visual Effects Scene Deconstruction

    Character Animation Studies

    Creatures: Concept to Completion

    Galleries

    Storyboard Comparisons

    Scene Editing Workshop

    Music Video: Men in Black.

    Men in Black Trailers

    Previews

    Movie: 74

    Men in Black," a standout among '90s blockbusters, is ingeniously presented in its 4K UHD Blu-Ray edition, offering an enriched viewing experience that delves into humanity's cosmic significance with cleverness and humor. The film, not seeking profundity, cleverly balances comedic elements and sci-fi intrigue against a backdrop of conspiracy theories, while visually captivating audiences through its dynamic special effects. Tommy Lee Jones' portrayal as the seasoned Agent K provides a grounding presence, juxtaposing Will Smith's brash and cocky Agent J. Together, they unravel the coexistence of 1,500 aliens in New York, portraying the city's diversity through an extraterrestrial lens. The film's pacing ensures engagement without dwelling, inviting viewers to discover its nuanced messages across multiple viewings.

    At its core, "Men in Black" excels as a buddy-cop, action-comedy that spans beyond its comic book origins, achieving a status as a cinematic icon through its innovative world-building and timely social commentary. The initial movie's blend of action, humor, and Rick Baker’s creature creations set a high bar for visual effects and practical effects excellence. Despite the sequel's decline, the trilogy reclaims some magic with "Men in Black III," showcasing time travel and world-building that harkens back to the original's charm. The series thrives on exploring the breadth of its secret agency and the societal underpinnings it satirizes, enhancing the film's rewatchability and endearment over time.

    This trilogy set on 4K UHD Blu-Ray, commemorating two decades of "Men in Black," presents an impeccable restoration honoring the franchise's legacy. Despite the second installment's lackluster performance, the collection remains a testament to the series' entertainment value and visual spectacle. With meticulously detailed visuals and enduring creature designs, the series stands as a pinnacle of '90s sci-fi action comedy, inviting both nostalgia and newfound appreciation for its contributions to the genre.

    Total: 76

    Sony's 4K UHD Blu-ray release of "Men in Black" delivers an exceptional home entertainment experience, blending top-notch picture and sound quality that will undoubtedly impress enthusiasts of the franchise. This release thrives on its incredible 4K image transfer and Dolby Atmos audio track, ensuring that every scene—from the most laugh-out-loud moments to the action-packed sequences—is presented with an unparalleled level of clarity and depth. While the set does not introduce new extras, it includes the comprehensive bonus features from the 2008 Blu-ray edition, which alone offers a wealth of content that die-hard fans and newcomers alike will find valuable. It’s a testament to Sony’s commitment to preserving the film’s legacy while embracing the latest in home cinema technology.

    The "Men in Black Trilogy" set, encompassing the first, memorable movie, and its follow-ups—with a gentle nudge to overlook the less impactful second installment—validates the worth of upgrading to 4K UHD for aficionados of the series. The philosophical script and smart humor that made the first film a cult classic have been beautifully revitalized, making this collection essential for any collector or fan of the franchise ready to journey back into this unique universe with a fresh, visually stunning perspective. This release underscores the importance of visual effects and sound quality in re-experiencing classic films, proving that with the right technological touch, old favorites can find new life.

    In conclusion, the "Men in Black" 4K UHD Blu-ray release is an exemplary addition to any film enthusiast's collection, merging nostalgic reverence with cutting-edge presentation. Despite the absence of new special features, the inclusion of existing bonus material combined with the superb audio-visual enhancement offers an irresistible package. Whether you’re revisiting or discovering the "Men in Black" trio, this set is highly recommended for its ability to surpass previous home video editions, marking it as a definitive version for current and future generations to enjoy.