Mortal Engines - 4K
Holy ****, WOW. This movie is an absolute reference movie. my expectations were sky-high for this movie, as it looked phenomenal in
3D IMAX. Peter Jackson's heavy involvement hyped me to believe this would be one of top dogs in image quality like The Hobbit trilogy still is today and like the now pretty old LOTR movies, are still near reference quality two decades later.
Mortal Engines exceeded my expectations and more! Another one of those "4K looking like 8K" discs with ridiculous amount of 3D depth fooling you to think it's a "2D looking like 3D" movie. Derived from a 4K D.I. (obviously) filmed with the RED Helium 8K camera, you can tell that 4K just doesn't do the picture quality justice. It is easily one of the best looking 4K/HDR movies I have ever seen. It is hard to imagine a better picture than this from the 1.7 metres I sit from my 55" OLED. If I move 20cm closer it remains perfect
. 40cm closer and it is still flawless
. 60cm closer, no noise, no pixelation, no artefacts, no grain... It made me want to glue my face to the screen.
CGI is best-in-class. The image so punchy it punches you in the face. Resolution is perfect, blacks are absolute, contrast infinite, clarity is pristine, details are endless. Colours pop. Razor-sharp is an understatement. its sharpness goes well beyond want I'd normally describe as sharp. I tried looking for faults in a faultless rendition/transfer of a movie and the only 'negative' thing I can think of is that I wish it was presented in a taller 1.78 / 1.85:1 format so it would fill my screen, but that's a personal preference and doesn't defer the rating of the picture quality at all.
Mortal Engines bumps Billy Lynn right out of my top 5. It surpasses Pacific Rim (which has my preferred aspect ratio) and places well into my top 3. Picture quality doesn't really get much better than this as of 2019, that is the new demo standard. I'm not quite sure if I'd place it as my #1
(Dunkirk the PEAK PQ king with IMAX 15/70mm scenes) and (Transformers 5 the 'OVERALL' PQ king) but it definitely goes alongside those two as my three kings of PQ.
Tier recommendation: 0 (Top 3?)