UPDATE: Ridley Scott’s undisputed classic Blade Runner has been released on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray – just in time for the cinema release of its sequel. Get the full rundown on the film’s technical qualities on page 3!
We don’t all have time to go out to the movie theater to catch It or Blade Runner 2049 in their full cinematic quality, or lack of quality. But, with the best 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray movies, we can come pretty close to that theater experience in the comfort of our own homes.
4K Ultra HD resolutions offers visual clarity that’s about as high as consumers can get right now. And with high-dynamic-range (HDR), the color reproduction of movie images as well as the contrast between light and dark are drastically improved over standard-definition content. The result is a highly cinematic experience that will bring the movie theater to you and put streaming content to shame.
If you’ve already gone out and bought a TV capable of 4K HDR playback, you’ve likely already discovered that you can stream plenty of 4K Ultra HD content from services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and YouTube. Netflix may have its popular Netflix Originals ready for your streaming purposes, but finding the latest and greatest movies in 4K Ultra HD with HDR is a tougher task.
So, while streaming services may have a lot of great content to enjoy on your 4K TV, it could be awhile before these services match the content offering of 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. As a bonus, the quality of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray movies will be superior to what you’d get streaming the same video, as the audio and video don’t need to go through major compression for transfer across the internet.
With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of the best and most-impressive 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray movies currently available for purchase. Each of the discs on this list, regardless of how good the films contained on them are, can be considered ‘reference quality’ and we’ve thoroughly tested each to ensure they’re really worthy of our recommendation. Best of all, every 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc is region free, so anyone with a 4K Blu-ray player can enjoy these films.
Read on to find out which discs have made the cut!