The Lost City 4K review

Jul 13, 2022- Permalink

With a dollop of action and a ladle of romantic comedy, The Lost City reminded me a bit of Romancing the Stone. Sandra Bullock plays Loretta Sage, an archaeologist turned romance novelist, whose covers always feature the chiseled good looks of male model Alan (Channing Tatum). Loretta finds herself kidnapped by an eccentric billionaire, Abigail Fairfax (Daniel Radcliffe), who believes Loretta can lead him to a priceless jewel. Alan, who thinks he’s just like the heroic character he represents in the books, believes he can rescue Loretta with the help of a former Navy Seal friend (Brad Pitt). Can Loretta be saved? Can her heart be won? Well, now you can find out at home as Paramount has released The Lost City on 4K.

The 2160p HEVC / H.265 encoded transfer with Dolby Vision and HDR10 is presented in a 2.39:1 aspect ratio. It’s a beautiful looking video transfer with impressive detail in flora, fauna, fashion, and faces. The real standout is the colour palette with bright primaries, rich greens and browns in the jungle, dazzling blues in the ocean and sky, and the sparkling purple of Bullock’s sequined outfit. Whites look great and the black levels are deep with excellent detail in the shadows. There are no problems with digital noise or compression artifacts.

On the audio side of things we get an English Dolby Atmos soundtrack that falls back to TrueHD 7.1 for those without Atmos. There are also English Descriptive Audio, Czech, German, Spanish (Castilian and Latin American), French (France and Canada), Italian and Japanese Dolby Digital 5.1 tracks. Subtitles are available for English, English SDH, Cantonese, Czech, Danish, German, Spanish (Castilian and Latin American), French (France and Canada), Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin, Norwegian, Polish, Romanian, Simplified Chinese, Slovak, Finnish, Swedish and Thai, so you can lend the movie to your friends at the United Nations. The Atmos soundscape is well used with weather, explosions and aircraft using the height speakers. The surrounds, well, surround you with ambient sounds, while action effects move throughout with great directionality. The score is bright and dynamic and dialogue is clear, centred and well prioritized in the mix.

The 4K disc also comes with a digital code. The disc has just under an hour of bonus materials, including a slew of small featurettes with cast and crew discussing production elements, scenes and characters. There are also deleted scenes and blooper.

The Lost City 4K is a fun romp with a great cast, excellent audio and video, and a nice selection of extras, Recommended.