John Wick 2
The review below (of the UHD/HDR version) mirrors what I saw in the 1080p version. In fact, I kept saying to myself, "I've got to get the 4K version if it actually looks better than this." In reading several "expert" reviews online, they all, without exception, said the 4K UHD version resulted in even finer details, blacker blacks, and more vibrant colors. Again, this is hard to envision, for the 1080p version was PURE EYE CANDY.
The only thing I would add is that facial details were as good as they can get. I've seen dozens of UHD/HDR titles (my current library consists of over 30 releases) and nothing will top what I just saw (though they do may indeed be "equal" to it). Shadow details were also topnotch. As JNayAV said, the "black levels and details were solid" with a majority of its 2 hour running time to showcase them. I was simply mesmerized by them all the way through!
As with the 1st installment, there was a lot of color-grading sprinkled throughout, but thankfully it didn't hinder details, depth, clarity or even flesh tones (except in a couple of instances with glowing "orange hues"). There was also some "black crush" at times (most notable in black suits), but the action was so fast that I didn't find myself distracted by it.
Okay, he nominated the UHD title for Tier 0 (.75) and I'm inclined to vote for the very same spot. Mind you, this is the 1080p version so I suspect I would be opting for at least .5 if this were the UHD version.
Tier Recommendation: Tier 0* (.75)
Originally Posted by JNayAV
John Wick Chapter 2 - UHD w/HDR
Recommendation: Tier 0.75
The subject matter doesn't lend itself to scoring very highly in my opinion. The movie is ~75% low lit scenes with muted color palette. However, what is there is pristine. In the occasions where the additional color and brightness comes into play, this movie contains some of the best scenes I've ever seen. Black levels are solid through out, and details are solid being a 4k release.
About 3/4 thru the movie John Wick is fighting thru an art gallery with bright signs, lights, and a mirror room. During this approximately 15-20 minute scene, contrast of color and light skyrockets and would easily be one of my top 5 demos to show off.
If you happen to have a 4K tv and HDR capable, you won't be disappointed. I really hope this is how HDR is handled in more movies. Don't need searing brightness, give bright highlights with very deep blacks against multiple colors to show massive contrast. But on the other side, if the scene doesn't call for it, don't blow it out for no reason.