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The House with a Clock in Its Walls

A poor transfer.

(Edit) 13/02/2019

Decided to take a look at this film, despite a lot of less than complimentary reviews of the story, as the 4k blu ray reviews all mentioned the great soundtrack and reference HDR video transfer. Once the main menu had loaded and after selecting the audio sub menu it soon became clear this disc was not as the retail version. The only audio track available was the lossless DTS HD MA track. Now don't get me wrong, this audio track is still capable of getting your speakers to sing like a nightingale and slam like an angry rhino but it's not the all conquering enveloping object based Atmos soundtrack I was expecting. As it still sounded good I continued to the movie. This is were this disc became a total let down. The picture was extremely washed out. The contrast was nowhere near being HDR and absolutely no colour pop at all. If the UHD resolution wasn't there I would swear I was watching a DVD. After 8 minutes I stopped the disc and put in one of my own 4k blu rays to check my equipment was working correctly. Thankfully my copy of Planet Earth II immediately filled the screen with vibrant colour and glorious HDR images.

Don't rent this disc if you are desperate to see the demo worthy 4k UHD HDR blu ray that all the disc reviewers have been shouting about. I would suggest you wait for the price to drop and then go buy the retail disc.

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