Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows  Part 1 (4K Ultra HD)
SRP $44.95 2.40:1 DTS:X WARNER BROS

WARNER BROS. has released "HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 1" on 4K! It's arguably 1 of the best films of the series! Sure, the story's terrific, and there's plenty of action, but this entry feels more self-assured and risk-taking than the earlier films. Additionally, the performances of the three main characters, Harry, Ron and Hermione are outstanding! These actors were impressive before, but they really up the ante here! They give the film a realism that makes the fantasy aspect all-the-more thrilling.

This 4K presentation was up-converted from a 2K DI. While this presentation is darker than the other 4K films of the series, released so far, the HDR really earns its prestige here! Even in the darkest moments, detail is astounding! Color and various hues are also brought to life in a new way due to the HDR process. Whether it's the various gradations visible within the blades of grass in a field, the magical bursts from Harry's wand, or a variety of effects, the level of color delineation is staggering when compared to the blu-ray counterpart. This is one of the best-looking 4K releases thus far!

Warner Bros has provided a DTS:X mix, an upgrade over the previously available 5.1 mixes available on blu-ray. From the chase scene at the film's beginning and throughout, this is an extremely immersive experience! While surrounds were used with great impact on the blu-ray 5.1 mix, virtually every scene, even those with more subtle effects, feels more dynamic! Music, effects and dialogue are perfectly balanced.

Along with the 4K disc, blu-rays from the Ultimate Edition are provided, along with a digital code. At this time, VUDU isn't offering the UHD release. This reviewer recommends holding off the processing of the code until UHD is offered on VUDU.