Baywatch 4K (Blu-ray)
SRP $48.99 2.39:1 Dolby Atmos PARAMOUNT
 

The tv series, "BAYWATCH" actually helped define tv of the '90s. It's no fluke that Quentin Tarantino was by all appearances not just a fan of the series, but serious when stating back then he'd actually consider doing a "Baywatch" movie.  Guest appearances by such lauded actors as Geraldo Rivera, scenes that suddenly turned into stupefying music video sequences and dialogue that demonstrated the producers took the series way too seriously, all helped create something that was both kitsch and unique. It was also embarrassingly addictive.

So, the idea of placing a star that's finally risen like Dwayne Johnson together with Zac Efron and some beauties doesn't seem like a bad idea. But, as hard as it is to even bring up, unless this was to be a genuine homage to the series in tone and content, making for an extended tv episode with big production values, any other derivation really calls for a great script, funny, serious, or otherwise.

Unfortunately, the script from the duo responsible for the '09 Friday the 13th remake and the '03 Freddy Vs. Jason somehow landed this opportunity and the result is terrible in every way imaginable. Only in Hollywood could a script this bad lead to the same writing team to land the writing gig for the upcoming live action remake of "Aladdin" for Disney!

The jokes are infantile and gross, so it's little wonder that the film bombed in theaters because the majority of female viewers would hate this film, so hard to be a summer date flick. There are undoubtedly guys that will enjoy the crude jokes and the beautiful girls, including a cameo from Charlotte McKinney, can help make even awful a bad film, more watchable!

PARAMOUNT has released the film as both a separate blu-ray and as a 4K/blu-ray/Digital HD option.

This 4K has been up-converted from a 2K DI. Colors on the blu-ray are rich, however the overall look literally "pales" in comparison to what's been achieved on the 4K with HDR enhancement. The hues of contrast from the sand, ocean, tan skin and colorful bikinis as well as costumes worn by Priyanka Chopra and others, are distinguished from standard blu-ray, in a pleasing manner that one hopes for with a UHD presentation. 

Detail is improved over standard blu-ray in scene-after-scene. Facial qualities, bother near-perfection and major imperfections are discernibly realized in 4K to a degree easy to overlook on blu-ray. While contrast is impressive on blu-ray, the blacks are inkier on this 4K release as well. Not anyway as staggering a visual presentation on 4K as the newly released Blade Runner-The Final Cut, but impressive all the same!

PARAMOUNT has provided a Dolby Atmos mix for both the 4K and Blu-ray release. This is a surprisingly immersive listening experience! The score along with the rap songs provide an energetic boost to some otherwise dull moments. The dialogue and effects are well balanced and even the most subtle effects are well defined. This is one of the more entertaining mixes we've heard this summer!

Both the theatrical and an extended version are offered on these releases.  However, it's hard to imagine anyone wishing "there was only more" to justify watching the slightly extended version. (5 minutes longer) Also a deleted scenes supplement, offered on both releases, runs close to 10 minutes.

Digital copies are included on both releases. However, only the theatrical version is available as UHD on VUDU via the 4K digital code that's included.