James Cameron proves once again that he is the master of box office success with the long-awaited sequel, Avatar: The Way of Water. After its storming success in theaters and an early streaming release, the film finally finds its way home to 4K UHD, presenting viewers with an awe-inspiring visual treat and quite easily one of the best films to be transitioned into the 4K format, ever! The HDR10 transfer on this disc is nothing short of immaculate, offering a level of detail and clarity that surpasses the streaming version with Dolby Vision HDR.
The HDR10 grading on the disc holds its ground, providing viewers with an unparalleled cinematic experience. From the tiniest of details like fine hairs in Sully’s dreadlocked hair to the immaculate skin imperfections of CGI characters, every aspect looks sharper and cleaner on disc, unhampered by the limitations of streaming. The richness of colors is astonishing, with lush and vivid primaries that beautifully render human and Na’vi skin tones. Additionally, the black levels are deep and inky, further enhanced by specular highlights that add an extra layer of brilliance, especially during rain sequences and the breathtaking action-packed finale in the open ocean.
Though some might argue that the HDR10 grading is not vastly different from the Dolby Vision streaming option, the disc’s robust feeling of three-dimensional depth sets it apart. While it may not rival the experience of a 3-D Blu-ray, the added depth elevates the home viewing experience to new heights.
Presented on a BD-100 disc, the Avatar: The Way of Water 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray fully maximizes its storage capacity, ensuring a seamless and uninterrupted viewing experience. Gone are the worries of streaming compression and internet fluctuations that can affect picture and sound quality. The disc format provides a reliable and consistent performance, allowing viewers to immerse themselves fully in the awe-inspiring world of Pandora.
Visuals Review: 5/5
The audio is outstanding in this film with the Atmos mix making a triumphant return, providing an immersive soundscape that enhances the film’s overall impact and accentuating the impact of low-end elements like explosions and bass notes in the score.. Compared to the streaming version, the disc audio delivers a bit more oomph, particularly in low-end elements like explosions and bass notes in the score. While it might not be reference quality, it is undoubtedly an exhilarating audio presentation that elevates the film’s intensity.
Audio Review: 5/5
This 4K UHD Blu-ray release doesn’t stop at the main feature; it spoils fans with over three hours of extra features, offering an extensive look behind the scenes of this cinematic marvel. Delve into the making of the film, explore the creative process, and get to know the cast and crew through insightful interviews. The wealth of bonus materials enriches the overall viewing experience, making the disc a treasure trove for fans eager to explore the depths of the Avatar universe.
Avatar: The Way of Water on 4K UHD Blu-ray is a must-have for any film enthusiast’s collection, James Cameron’s visionary masterpiece shines even brighter on this disc, delivering an extraordinary visual and audio experience that surpasses its streaming counterpart. With its breathtaking HDR10 transfer, captivating Atmos mix, and an abundance of bonus features, this 4K disc is a true gem that deserves a spot in every physical media enthusiast’s collection.
10/10 (if I could go higher I would)
|Format||4k Ultra HD Blu-ray + Blu-ray + Digital|
|Video Resolution/Codec||2160p HEVC/H.265|
|Release Country||United States|
|Audio Formats||English 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos, English 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 DTS-HDMA, English 2.0 Dolby Digital, French 5.1 Dolby Digital, Spanish 7.1 Dolby Digital|
|Subtitles/Captions||English SDH, French, Spanish|
|Movie Studio||20th Century Studios|
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