A few words about…™ Hook — in 4k UHD Blu-ray

The new 4k is head and shoulders beyond any extant home video offering, with gorgeous color, a highly resolved 4k image, and a velvety sheen of gorgeous grain. 4 Stars

I’ve always considered Steven Spielberg’s Hook to be half a terrific film.

Re-visiting the production via Sony’s new 4k UHD Blu-ray, my feeling remains the same, with a single exception.

The parts that I like, the basic premise, the opening – basically everything except the lost boys – seem even better.

And then there’s the magnificent Maggie Smith.

The new 4k is head and shoulders beyond any extant home video offering, with gorgeous color, a highly resolved 4k image, and a velvety sheen of gorgeous grain.

Beyond that, we’re offered Dolby Atmos, which adds that extra layer.

Image – 5 (HDR10)

Audio – 5 (Dolby Atmos)

Pass / Fail – Pass

Upgrade from Blu-ray – Absolutely!

Recommended

RAH

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Robert Harris

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29 Comments

  1. David Norman

    Back Cover and Site review says 4K disc does have Atmos. I don't have it yet so only going by written words. I'm going to guess reading RH sentence as context that an extra 'not' slipped into the review

    Precisely. Don't like software programs editing my words. Weird.

  2. To me the worst thing in this film is the miscasting of Julia Roberts as Tinker Bell.

    She’s sooooooooo annoying. Lots to like in this film even tho it’s one of Spielberg’s lesser efforts. Terrific John Williams score. One of his best I think.

  3. Tino

    To me the worst thing in this film is the miscasting of Julia Roberts as Tinker Bell.

    She’s sooooooooo annoying. Lots to like in this film even tho it’s one of Spielberg’s lesser efforts. Terrific John Williams score. One of his best I think.

    And I like Hoffman in this. But the Lost Boys sequences are way-y overproduced in that way that only Spielberg could provide with his enormous budgets. The slapstick action is silly and works against the more serious message the film purports to present. The humor is forced and the running time a good half-hour too long. This to me is a bit of an insult to Barrie. I own it because I am a Spielberg completist, but it sits right at the very bottom of my re-watch list.

  4. Tino

    It definitely is Atmos. Watching it now.

    Hoping the iTunes version gets upgraded to 4K soon.

    Strange I watched the disc last night and it was giving me DTSHDMA 7.1. Do you need to manually select Atmos or something?

  5. Adam Lenhardt

    Well, that's a bummer. But thanks for the info.

    I think tho if you redeem the UHD code thru Movies Anywhere it will redeem as 4K wherever that’s available including Vudu.

    I was referring to previously owned HD versions of Hook.

    Just to be clear.

  6. Those lost boys are annoying… esp that one kid who thinks he is badass… cringworthy. I recall the Siskel & Ebert show review and still agree this “neverland” is not a place I’d want to visit. It just looks dirty and cheap.

    Part of my wants to revisit the film for nice transfer of film grain and the Atmos audio

  7. Tino

    I’m trying to think if there is a Spielberg film I like less (even tho I still like Hook).

    I don’t think so.

    JP: The Lost World is always at the bottom of my Spielberg list. Though I didn't care for Tintin, either.

    There are still a couple of his films I haven't seen (The Terminal, The BFG, Sugarland Express).

  8. Tino

    I think tho if you redeem the UHD code thru Movies Anywhere it will redeem as 4K wherever that’s available including Vudu.

    I was referring to previously owned HD versions of Hook.

    Just to be clear.

    Ah, gotcha. The reason I asked is because I redeemed the UHD digital copy, and it's 4K on Google Play but HDX on Vudu.

  9. Konstantinos

    Can anyone tell us please if the Bluray is remastered too or is it the old one?

    I haven't had a chance to pop it in yet, but multiple people are reporting that it's the 2011 Blu-ray. At least the disc artwork has been updated, however, because it has a 2018 copyright date on it.

  10. Adam Lenhardt

    I haven't had a chance to pop it in yet, but multiple people are reporting that it's the 2011 Blu-ray. At least the disc artwork has been updated, however, because it has a 2018 copyright date on it.

    I see. 🙁
    Thanks

  11. I remember seeing 'Hook' in the theater and looking forward to it with great anticipation. I REALLY wanted to love the film. Sadly, I left the theater thinking that Spielberg had lost his mind. Disappointing isn't a strong enough word to describe my feeling about the film.

    I seriously doubt that superbly colorful 4K image quality could rescue the film for me.

    Mark

  12. I wanted to like this movie, tried to like this movie, fondly remember the fun pirate cameos (Jimmy Buffet and David Crosby, plus Glenn Close in drag). But I bailed at that interminable reunion scene between Peter and Hook. “Yaw…Peetah?” over and over again.

  13. I remember I had the laserdisc and I watched it once after having watched the 1953 Disney version and the 1960 Mary Martin version multiple times. I didn't love it. I didn't hate it. I didn't really feel anything for it at all. It left me totally inert. It didn't make me angry enough to want to throw things or actively avoid anyone in it (although outside of Steel Magnolias, a little Julia Roberts goes a long way) but it didn't make me want to watch it over and over again the way some movies did then, including but not limited to E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial and later Jurassic Park. I had the former on those green VHS tapes in both English and in Spanish, and I had the CAV laserdisc box set of the latter as soon as it came out and eventually bought movie posters for both.* That's the kind of devotion Spielberg was hoping for. I haven't seen it since I was 9. Frankly, even Toys had something that made me want to watch it more than once. I'm almost afraid to rewatch this, but let's be honest: it can't possibly be as big a clunker as Pan or that Allison Williams thing looked.

    *Ah, Suncoast. How I miss you. Even more than I miss Tower Records. No, you didn't have as big a selection, but you were closer to my childhood home.

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