Gods Of Egypt (2016 - Lionsgate}
Tier Recommendation: 0 (0.55)
Gods Of Egypt
is officially my first UHD title, although, of course, I currently don't have 4k capability. But since it actually was cheaper than the regular BD, the decision was obvious.
I totally understand the reasons why Djoberg gave this disc a 1.5 placement, which it isn't shabby at all. Those reasons are the sometimes very dubious CGI and, at times, terrible green screens. I remember first seeing this film in a low quality version, and I actually stopped watching the movie like 20-25 minutes in just because it looked so cheap. But then I caught it again on TV, and I actually enjoyed the movie.
But the 1080p version is very impressive. Yes, it makes the dubious CGI more obvious many times, but at least you see it with gorgeous clarity, and it isn't afraid to expose its flaws. But when the film is visually amazing, it looks AMAZING. Contrast was fantastic in daylight/clear scenes, but in darker scenes it keeps its composure and still offers many remarkable qualities. I agree with pretty much all the positives Djoberg talks about in his review, but I can forgive the CGI and ocassional softness, because the PQ is consistently beautiful, with great clarity, contrast, colors and detail. This is a disc that despite its flaws I'd use as a reference disc. I can totally imagine the HDR giving the PQ an extra push, and maybe one day I'll be reviewing the UHD.
This movie is very tongue-in-cheek, so it isn't to be taken seriously at all. I believe that's one of the reasons this film got so much flak. Nobody expected the director of films like The Crow
, Dark City
to make a film that feels low budget, and very campy at that. But the visuals are really great and the audio stomps. This is a movie to have fun with, and you shouldn't expect something like 300
, which have a darker tone and a take themselves a little more seriously.
But I have a soft spot for all things ridiculous that are aware of its ridiculousness and absurdity, and fully embrace it. That, I can have fun with it.