Godzilla vs. Kong 4K review
Jun 11, 2021- Permalink
Ali vs Foreman. Red Sox vs Yankees. Trump vs Ramp. The epic face-offs include Godzilla vs King Kong, pitting two of the movie world’s iconic figures against each other. Warner Bros Home Entertainment have released a 4K disc of Godzilla vs. Kong and I had a chance to check it out. Though Warner Bros supplied me with the movie, the thoughts and opinions below are mine.
The native 4k 2160p HEVC / H.265 encoded transfer with HDR in both Dolby Vision and HDR10+ is presented in the original 2.39:1 aspect ratio. Despite being an effects heavy film, this disc is native 4k, not an upscaled 2K source. Detail is solid throughout this movie, from facial features, fur and hair, and textiles, to natural and man-made environments. The HDR-enhanced colour palette ranges from glowing neon to rich foliage and the black levels are deep, with detail not getting at all lost in the darker scenes. It’s an amazing video presentation.
The audio presentation gives you the choice of English Dolby Atmos, Dolby TrueHD 7.1, Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks as well as Italian Dolby Atmos and Dolby TrueHD 7.1, and French and Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks. Subtitles are available for English SDH, French, Italian SDH, Spanish, Danish, Finnish, Korean, Mandarin (Simplified), Mandarin (Traditional), Norwegian, and Swedish. Godzilla vs. Kong’s audio presentation will delight your speakers. The Dolby Atmos soundtrack will give the height speakers quite a workout as fighter jets and the titular creatures battle it out. Effects are perfectly placed in the surround channels, while dialogue is clear, centred and well-prioritized in the mix. Given the size of Kong and Godzilla, it’s no surprise that your subwoofer will work up a sweat too.
The 4K disc also comes with a Blu-ray copy and a digital code. While audio commentary from director Adam Wingard also appears on the 4K disc, the rest of the special features are on the Blu-ray. There are several featurettes exploring the history of Kong and Godzilla, a look at Mecha-Godzilla, as well as production featurettes on the battles.
Godzilla vs. Kong may not be high art, but if two of cinema’s biggest stars battling it out while you eat popcorn and enjoy reference quality sound and visuals sounds like a good night in, then this 4K presentation is definitely recommended.