Irwin Allen should've directed "KING ARTHUR LEGEND OF THE SWORD," not just because he was known for his disaster films (and this IS A DISASTER) but his films were at least unintentionally funny. His films were bad but entertainingly bad. There's nothing entertaining about "KING ARTHUR LEGEND OF THE SWORD." While this reviewer admits to honestly liking Guy Ritchie's remake of "SWEPT AWAY," his other film have been arguably too noisy and annoying on many levels to be mistaken for good. The "Sherlock Holmes" films success defies understanding but the fact that no one at WARNER BROS could tell from the dreadful script just how bad this film was destined to be means that many heads at WB should roll!
Rather than sticking to tried-and-true story of King Arthur, Ritchie has chosen to fundamentally change the legend for a dreadful mythology of his own convoluted ambitions. Everyone familiar with the Disney animated "Sword in the Stone" through Boorman's "Excalibur" is familiar with the legend of the sword, Excalibur. Ritchie has literally crapped on the legend and given it a stupid story backed up by dreadful CGI effects. The combination of awful CGI, awful dialogue and dreadful performances make this destined to be placed in the top "100 bad films of all time." "KING ARTHUR LEGEND OF THE SWORD" is painful to sit through.
That said, how does it hold up in 4K? Having been shot digitally on the Arri Alexa, the many intentionally dark scenes benefit from fine detail and inky blacks on the standard blu-ray(included with the 4K). Colors on the standard blu-ray are notably restrained and while the 4K also presents the same de-saturated color scheme, when color is more vibrant in various scenes. The unpleasant darkness and confusion persists in 4K as with the blu-ray but less so. Detail is discernibly better in scene-to-scene comparisons on the 4K as well.
Both the 4K and blu-ray offer the same Dolby Atmos mix. This is an immersive mix, however even with dynamic use of bass and and directional effects, the blending of effects with so much "Ritchie-esque" on-screen confusion, creates an environment ripe for headaches. Immersion can be great when viewing a powerful, entertaining film, but when one is only brought further into a mess, it's...well, messy! Hard to endorse this mix because, yes...the film is this bad!
A variety of featurettes(all 1080p) have been included for those still awake after viewing the film to enjoy.