Excellent picture and audio quality.
It’s safe to say that 4K is starting to become mainstream thanks to the lower costs of 4K displays and players. Even with Samsung saying that it will longer make 4K Blu-ray players (at least in the US) and the growing popularity of streaming services like Netflix and StarzPlay Arabia, the market for physical media is still huge especially in places where internet connections aren’t always reliable.
HDR is also a standard part of any 4K Blu-ray disc. Movies encoded with HDR adds another layer of color that improves an already great picture quality, which makes visually stunning movies even better to look at.
On the sound department, there’s also 360-degree audio encoded on these 4K Blu-ray discs. Most of the discs come with Dolby Atmos (and sometimes DTS:X) and if you have the right equipment, you can literally hear audio move across your room.
If you have a dedicated home theater setup, there’s a good chance that watching movies on physical media is a must, which is why we’re making this list of some of the best new 4K Blu-rays that you can add to your collection.
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse – This year’s winner for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature also features some of the most unique and dazzling visuals we’ve seen on an animated film. Add to that the awesome story and excellent voice acting and you have yourself one of the best discs to show off your home theater.
Best scene to test: When Miles joins Peter in stopping the Green Goblin.
Aquaman – This DC movie gets high praises for its visual styles thanks to director James Wan. The action, the set pieces, and the acting are all top-notch which makes it one of our favorite superhero movies of 2018.
Best scene to test: The rooftop chase in Sicily.
Halloween – This reboot/sequel brings back Michael Myers on a final confrontation with Laurie Strode in what is considered to be one of the best sequels to the original 1978 film.
Best scene to test: The final showdown in Laurie’s house.
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald – While not the best in the series, the discs still boasts some of the best pictures quality we’ve seen which is made even better with the roaring soundtrack that accompanies it.
Best scene to test: The opening scene when Grindelwald escapes.
The Little Mermaid – This classic Disney movie gets the 4K treatment and the result is one of the best-looking animated movies we’ve seen on the format.
Best scene to test: Literally every frame.
Green Book – The winner for Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards surprisingly offers a well-made disc that showcases the movie’s subtle yet brilliant colors.
Best scene to test: The night scenes where HDR shines.
Mary Poppins Returns – Surprisingly enjoyable, this sequel to the musical family film brings back everything we loved about the first movie and reminding us that Emily Blunt is one amazing actress.
Best scene to test: When live-action footage blends with the animated scenes, HDR showcases near-perfect colors.
Creed II – While not as great as the first Creed, this sequel still brings the drama and depth that made the first movie a great one.
Best scene to test: For the boxing scenes, turn up the volume, the cheers of the crowd and the hit of every punch makes this disc worth it.
Bohemian Rhapsody – This excellent rock and roll tribute to Queen and the man himself Freddie Mercury is a must watch for any fan.
Best scene to test: Literally the whole movie will give your speakers a workout especially the musical parts.
Ralph Breaks the Internet – A worthy sequel that brings more fun and heart that is also one of the best 4K Bu-rays discs we’ve seen.
Best scene to test: The race scene where HDR brings out the color depth in each frame not to mention the sound.
What 4K Blu-ray discs do you use to test your home theater system? Give it a shout out in the comments below!