UPDATE: Ridley Scott's undisputed classic Blade Runner has been released on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray – just in time for the cinema release of its sequel. Get the full rundown on the film's technical qualities on page 3!
In our busy lives, it’s truly difficult to really make time to make it down to the cinema to watch It or Blade Runner 2049 in their full cinematic beauty, or lack thereof. However, with the best 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray movies, we can get surprisingly close to that theater experience from the comfort of our own living rooms.
4K Ultra HD resolutions boast visual fidelity that’s about as high as movie watchers can experience today. And with high-dynamic-range (HDR), the color reproduction of movie images as well as the contrast between light and dark is really just night and day compared to standard-definition content. The result is a highly cinematic experience that will bring the movie theater to you and put streaming content to shame.
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If you’ve already gone out and bought a TV capable of 4K HDR playback, you’ve likely already know that services like Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Youtube offer a great deal of 4K Ultra HD video content. Netflix may have their beloved Netflix Originals ready for your watching pleasure, but finding the newest and hottest movies in 4K Ultra HD with HDR will be a little more challenging.
So, while streaming platforms may offer a lot of awesome content to enjoy on your 4K TV, it could be awhile before these services match the content offering of 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. Plus, the quality of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray movies will be superior to what you’d get streaming the same video, as the audio and video aren’t compressed for more efficient delivery.
With that in mind, we've constructed a list of the best and most-impressive 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray movies currently available today. Each of the discs on this list, regardless of how good the films contained on them are, can be considered 'reference quality' and we've thoroughly tested each to ensure they're really worthy of our recommendation. Best of all, every 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray disc is region free, so anyone with a 4K Blu-ray player can enjoy these films.
Read on to find out which discs have made the list!