Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
WOW! I just watched a rental copy of the 1080p version and the PQ was so mesmerizing at times that I will definitely be buying the 4k/UHD version (which brings it up a notch or two in details, colors, and contrast...according to every review I've read). Let me say from the outset...this is REFERENCE QUALITY, so make room on your Top Shelf for this one!
This is a tale of three settings. It starts out in 2016 in sunny Florida with striking clarity and depth, with tons of finely rendered details. The second scene takes us to Cairnholm Island Wales where we meet with a characteristic "Tim Burton" color-grading; namely, TEAL! Colors are muted throughout on the Island, but details hold up well so even here there is some
candy for the eyes! Then we are transported to Miss Peregrine's Victorian home (in 1943) where the visual feast really begins (and thankfully the majority of the film takes place there). Bold, saturated colors abound in all daytime scenes (indoors and outdoors)...details are amazing (in facial close-ups, clothing, furniture, foliage, the sandy seashore, rocky topography, etc., etc., and black levels/shadow details are stunning.
I was very pleased the director chose to shoot this in the 1.85:1 aspect ratio so I could see all of this delicious EYE CANDY on my 75" screen from 8' away! And just to whet your appetite further, he used the highly acclaimed Arri Alexa XT Plus camera!
I would be remiss if I didn't bring out a couple of "negatives." There were occasions of softness during some of the CGI shots and depth was lacking in those same scenes. And again, the scenes on Cairnholm Island were quite drab. But honestly, I feel like I'm nitpicking when I consider the overwhelming "positives" that permeated the screen for the majority of its 2 hour running time.
Tier Recommendation: Tier 0* (.75)
PS From what I've read, the 4K version is going to bump this up to at least the middle of the Top Tier.
PPS You may not love (or even like) the film, but if you're into Picture Quality as much as I am, you'll still want to rent this just to give your eyes the sugar rush they deserve!