When Captain Hook kidnaps his children, an adult Peter Pan must return to Neverland and reclaim his youthful spirit in order to challenge his old enemy in Hook .

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90
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Studio and Year: Sony Pictures - 1991
MPAA Rating: PG
Feature running time: 142 minutes
Genre: Family

Disc Format: BD-66
Encoding: HEVC
Video Aspect: 2.39:1
Resolution: 2160p/24

Audio Format(s): English Dolby Atmos/TrueHD 7.1, English/French DTS-HD 5.1 Master Audio
Subtitles: English, English SDH, French, Spanish
Starring: Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, Julia Roberts, Bob Hoskins, Maggie Smith, Caroline Goodall
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Music by: John Williams
Written by: Jim V. Hart, Maria Scotch Marmo
Region Code: A,B,C

Release Date: October 9, 2018
"What if Peter Pan Grew Up?"
My Take:

A high-flying adventure from the magic of Steven Spielberg, HOOK stars Robin Williams as a grown-up Peter Pan and Dustin Hoffman as the infamous Captain Hook. Joining the fun is Julia Roberts as Tinkerbell, Bob Hoskins as the pirate Smee, and Maggie Smith as Granny Wendy Darling, who must convince middle-aged lawyer Peter Banning that he was once the legendary Peter Pan. And so the adventure begins anew, with Peter off to Neverland to save his two children from Captain Hook. Along the way, he rediscovers the power of imagination, friendship, and of magic.

I saw Hook when it was released in theaters back in 1991. It wasn’t very received by critics but, as someone that loves the adventurous story of Peter Pan, director Steven Spielberg’s penchant for storytelling and, a cast that includes Robin Williams, Julia Roberts and Dustin Hoffman, I had no problem overlooking its shortcomings. While it isn’t a wholly gratifying film experience, I enjoy its heartwarming sentiment and visual grandeur. I love Robin Williams and really enjoy his way of bringing a character to life. Julia Roberts is at her absolute cutest as Tinkerbell and Dustin Hoffman and Bob Hoskins make for some of the film’s best chuckles. I haven’t watched Hook in quite some time and found that it still hasn’t lost its luster. I am very glad that Sony has brought it to Ultra HD Blu-ray. Read on to see how it looks and sounds.

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Parental Guide:

The rating is for thematic content, and brief violence.

AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**

UHD Presentation: 94
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Dolby Atmos Rating: 86
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Hook comes to Ultra HD Blu-ray from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment featuring 2160pHEVC encoded video and lossless Dolby Atmos/TrueHD 7.1 channel sound.

Sony remastered Hook from the original 35mm film elements. Its presentation in Ultra HD is derived from that 4K image, and the results are impressive.

It's important to note that the ultimate goal for any release on home video is to present a film in the highest possible quality based upon its original elements. A film like Hook has an aesthetic that incorporates film grain and the use of optics that won't result in the type of high gloss, tack-like sharpness of a film shot using digital cameras. This isn't a problem and shouldn't be seen as such.

This is a solid Ultra HD presentation that looks great on my large screen. What struck me from the onset is the lifelike reproduction of the textures captured by the camera's lens. Whether it be the finest minutia in physical features or textures on the surfaces in Captain Hook’s cabin, the interiors of the Grandma Maggie’s dwelling, or the wide-angle shots of Neverland, the imagery is gorgeous. The benefits of high dynamic range and wide color gamut are on display as earth toned colors have an added dimension that enlivens shots where they would normally have blended in, being seen as a less provocative background element that would generally go unnoticed. The film’s color base and variants of sepia are beautifully rendered, offering eye catching depth, that compliments the thematic tone.

Whites are emboldened, detailed and bright, especially during low level transitions viewed in a darkened environment. Contrast abounds, lending an authenticity that underscores the subject matter, bringing it to a visually rewarding level. Shot on film, this rendering makes the most of its original elements, which are excellent. Sony has consistently yielded strong Ultra HD presentations from their catalog releases and Hook is no exception. This Ultra HD rendering stands well above any previous version on home video and is a must have for discerning fans.

Dolby Atmos:

In listening to the Dolby Atmos surround mix I found it to be a fairly entertaining listening experience that made steady use of the platform. Its use of audio objects placed above is a mix of atmospherics, discrete effects and music. This is done quite well, and where applied, creates a tangible level of immersion that coincides with the onscreen events nicely. I noticed that the front overhead channels were used for adding depth to the soundstage while the rear overhead channels contained more discrete sound objects/effects. In addition to things like overhead pans where sounds move through the soundstage, there are several sequences that bring everything together. I was pleasantly surprised at how enjoyable this Dolby Atmos presentation was, adding a complimentary element that elevated the experience of watching the film.

For those not familiar with the details regarding Ultra HD Blu-ray you can refer to my article that includes some pertinent data on the subject. Here is the link:

Ultra HD Blu-ray Has Come to AVS Forum Blu-ray Reviews

Bonus Features:
  • Disc 1: Hook Ultra HD Blu-ray
  • Disc 2: Hook Blu-ray (2011 release)
  • NEW: 11 Never Before Seen Deleted Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Digital Copy
Final Thoughts:

Hook may not be held in high esteem among cinephiles but, it’s a personal favorite that I enjoy watching from time to time. It makes its debut on Ultra HD Blu-ray in this Ultra HD Blu-ray Combo Pack from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment featuring beautifully restored Ultra HD video, an entertaining and complimentary Dolby Atmos immersive sound mix, and 11 previously unseen deleted scenes. If you’re a fan and are equipped to take advantage of the Ultra HD/Dolby Atmos upgrades, this Ultra HD release is highly recommended.
 
Ralph Potts
AVS Forum Blu-ray Reviews


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