Uncharted has finally made its way to the big screen with a feature-film adaptation of its beloved video game series. It misses the mark in a few places, but there is something charming and fun about this movie that when it finds its perfect pace and tone in future movies, it will no doubt be the next big franchise. With great video and audio presentations that include Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision, along with some wonderful bonus features, this release comes Highly Recommended!
Uncharted has been wanting to jump onto the big screen s nice 2008, one year after it became the hit video game on the Playstation 3. Since then, there have been tons of re-writes and cancelations and false starts until it all landed on Zombieland director Rueben Fleischer with Mark Wahlberg and Spider-Man's Tom Holland in the lead roles. The result is a very bland action film that rarely has fun with the exception of when Holland and Wahlberg are conversing the way brothers-in-arms do. Other than that, the action sequences are uninspired, lazy, and just plain joyless. In between these adventure beats lies a story about a young guy named Nathan Drake (Holland) who is asked by his missing older brother's friend Sully (Wahlberg) to head out on a mission across the globe to locate lost pirate treasure.
Of course, they aren't the only ones who know about or who are after this treasure. Several other assassins and billionaires including a fantastic Antonio Banderas are on the trail. That being said, the film would rather pull out too many swerves on its characters that would betray one another one moment and the next, become friends again, and then be enemies once again. This element happens way too much in the film and makes zero sense every time it does other than the fact that characters utter the lines like, "this is the business, trust nobody". Uncharted the video game has a ton of lore, background, and history, so it would be difficult to put any or all of it into one film, but the studio is definitely hoping this will be a franchise movie as evident by its two end credit sequences.
Vital Disc Stats: The 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray
Uncharted charts its way to 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray from Sony in a two-disc 4K UHD + Blu-ray + Digital set. The discs are housed inside a hard, black plastic case with a cardboard sleeve. The artwork features Holland in one of the film's bigger action sequences high in the sky. There is an insert for a digital code.
Uncharted comes with a wonderful-looking 2160p UHD 4K presentation with Dolby Vision. This is an excellent upgrade from the 1080p HD Blu-ray version, which is striking.
Colors are bolder and richer in this 4K video image. The blue skies and oceans have varying shades of natural blues in them along with the contrasting greens in leaves, trees, and pastures. Warmer colors in the interior locations make way for a ton of golden amber shades in lighting, gold artifacts, and more earthy wardrobe colors. The red vehicles and other colors in the red spectrum look absolutely gorgeous here and are a clear uptick in Dolby Vision from the 1080p version. Black levels are much deeper and inkier in 4K without any crush, murky shadows, or noise. This gives way to a good amount of detail in the lower-lit scenes in tombs or caves. Skin tones are also very natural as well.
The detail is very sharp with closeups that reveal facial pores, individual hairs of stubble, and even fine textures in the clothing and on animals. Props, artifacts, cars, and weapons all look amazing as well with the right amount of shine and old-world detail that never goes soft. The heavy CGI work never looks pixelated, but instead has a natural real-world image that is full of boasting color and detail right down to the last wood splinter. Wider shots are also fantastic that capture the entire large landscape of the exotic lands the actors travel to. There are no major issues with banding, aliasing, or video noise here.
This 4K release offers up a Dolby Atmos track that is dazzling to listen to and is a wonderful upgrade from the Blu-ray's 5.1 option.
Sound effects are fuller and have wider dynamics in this Dolby Atmos track. Explosions, car chases, gunshots, and other action beats have a bigger punch with great directionality. The sounds move smoothly and more evenly through the speakers and this mix is more aware of its own convincing soundscape whether it be high in the air on a pirate ship or in a quiet underground tomb. The sound elements and reverb are all there for their necessary surroundings to give that perfect audio noise.
The low end comes with some amazing bass in the bigger action sequences and song cues that never cross over into rocky territory. There is a nice rumble that sounds large and in charge. The songs and music score always add to the suspense and entertaining value of each scene with great crescendos while the dialogue is all clean, clear, and free of any audio issues. The height speakers allow for debris, propellers, and thunderstorms to rain down upon its audience with fantastic ferocity. What a joy this was to listen to.
In addition to the audio commentary, there are about 47 minutes of bonus material included here along with a commentary track from the director. Interviews, behind-the-scenes footage, deleted scenes, and some fun anecdotes from the set are all here.
The Uncharted movie comes from a rich and astonishing set of stories and characters that have been laid out over the course of a few video games. This long-awaited film adaptation doesn't stick its landing in many ways, but what it does well, is set up a grander story arc in future films once it finds its perfect pacing and flow that leans towards the absurd and fun side of things rather than trying to keep itself so serious. This 4K with Dolby Vision video presentation along with its Dolby Atmos track are fantastic and the bonus features are short, yet a ton of fun. This comes Highly Recommended!