Whoa! We have another winner!! This is absolutely, positively "Reference Quality" in both the Video & Audio (I know...this is a "PQ-Thread," so I'll try to go light on the Audio remarks)!!!
I believe I had viewed the 1080p release many moons ago but this BEAST (the UHD version) is another MONSTER altogether. HDR brought this to another level, with increased DETAILS, CONTRAST and COLORS. The most striking feature (by far!) was the amazing CLARITY, with exemplary DETAILS and DEPTH. Facial details were especially a sight to behold! Even with tons of CGI, it never became soft or lacked details or depth. Perhaps the only "minor gripe" I can come up with were some inaccurate flesh tones (due to color-grading...teal anyone?), but everything else was so spectacular that who am I to complain?
Okay, please forgive me for my next remarks (unless you happen to have a good Dolby Atmos/DTS-X set up
), but I simply must say something about the DTS-X soundtrack. Since setting up my height speakers and new 9.2 channel AVR, I've only watched a handful of Dolby Atmos mixes. This was my first DTS-X experience and I can say, without hesitation, that I've NEVER had such "audio nirvana" before! I was warned that this was a LOUD and very ACTIVE mix....that may be the UNDERSTATEMENT of the year. This was the LOUDEST and MOST ACTIVE mix I've ever heard. And talk about PRECISION and ACCURACY! I was so mesmerized by the audio I "almost" forgot my job was to focus on the PQ so I could write this review. If you have the set up, and you've never seen this title, you MUST give this a rent, or even better, shell out the $20 they're asking at Amazon and give your EYES and EARS the treat they deserve!
Tier Recommendation: Tier 0 (.75)
PS I should add that the only disappointment in the audio department was the low-level bass. Don't get me wrong, there was plenty of mid-level bass that occasionally rumbled, but for all the explosions there should have been "walls shaking" and "waves of energy" rolling across my breast.