Aeons ago, I was given the thrill of driving one of the original 1960s Shelby Cobras.
While there’s not a thing wrong with modern vehicles, with all their electronics, it was a unique visceral experience. Beyond cars that I’ve owned over the years, probably the second and third would be a beautiful yellow DB 3 roadster, and a Mercedes 1936 500K cab, which was a frightening experience.
None of these are to be trifled with.
Most recently I was a passenger in one of the GT40s produced for street use in the early ’00s and hit my head nicely whilst attempting to exit. Impressive.
One might presume that someone who loves cars, will also love James Mangold’s Ford v Ferrari, and I believe that’s correct.
It’s actually a terrifically entertaining, and well-made film.
The film was finished in 2k, but there’s a viable reason to go for the 4k release, and that has to do with the audio tracks, and this one which took the Academy Award deserves to be heard at full revs.
The caveat here, and I’m certain if it’s a Fox / Disney thing, or just concerns this release, is that the Blu-ray doesn’t give you the Dolby Atmos, which is the theatrical audio. In it’s place, you’re given DTS-HD 7.1.
While this won’t affect those who have not yet upgraded to Atmos, it makes a big difference.
HDR works nicely, and doesn’t get in the way.
If one checks the tracks on Warner’s release of Dr. Sleep, Atmos is offered on both the Blu-ray as well as the 4k, but more on that in the Doctor Sleep words.
Ford v Ferrari is well worth the investment and your time, unless you hate cars, Damon or Bale.
Image – 5
Audio – 5 – 4k – Dolby Atmos
Blu-ray – DTS-HD MA 7.1
Pass / Fail – Pass