How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (UHD)
Make room on your Reference Shelf, for we have ANOTHER WINNER!!
Where do I begin? Actually, if I begin "at the beginning" I have to admit it isn't that spectacular, for it is a scene with lots of dark clouds and fog, yet even in that scene there were details that stood out. But ten minutes in the scene shifts to Berk and the COLORS and DETAILS explode, along with incredible DEPTH. (The DETAILS and TEXTURE in clothes, hair, beards, faces, foliage, dragon skin/scales, are to-die-for!) From there we have numerous scenes "in the air" and "on the sea" (with some of the best "photo-realism" I've ever seen when it comes to "clouds" and "water"). A few minutes past the hour time stamp we enter the "hidden world" and your eyes are filled with PURE EYE CANDY in the form of unbelievable colors and cinematography...giving Avatar a real run for the money!
I've saved the best for last, for this is, without a doubt, the BEST HDR presentation in an animated film, bar none. You have oodles and oodles of FIRE (fire swords, shooting fire from dragons, fire from explosions) that will give your eyes a rush that you have to see to believe. Then there are SUNRISES and SUNSETS that again give you some amazing photo-realism. And then there are the BRILLIANT BLACKS & WHITES, along with mesmerizing SHADOW DETAILS. These are especially on display as you enter the "Hidden World" and fly through dark caves which lead to the unbelievable COLORS mentioned above. There is also a daytime scene at the end in Berk and on a snow-covered mountain top that will dazzle you, and make you wish there had been more scenes like that.
My only gripe would be some soft shots in scenes with fog and heavy, dark clouds (for there are numerous dark scenes, especially in the first half). I saw no anomalies such as banding, which can often happen in a film with so many scenes that take place in the sky. But as I've said in other reviews, I'm really "nit-picking" here, for they were "few and far between."
Tier Recommendation: Tier 0* (In the TOP FIVE...I'd opt for #3)
PS The Dolby Atmos mix was definitely better than the last mix but not quite as good as the first installment. It still lacked the LFE/bass of the original, though I did turn it up to -3 for the last hour and eventually my wife came down and asked me to turn it down!