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

My advice is to pick up a copy asap, and enjoy. 4 Stars

Not to brag, but I may have been one of the earliest believers in the obvious talents of director/writer Jordan Peele – going back to his early work for Hallmark (when I see a Dove sticker, I know the film is right up my ally, as I love dark) c. 1994-7, when certain “unusual” bits of context began to show up in rather mundane and innocuous projects such as The Missing Love Letter, My Mom – the Bride, and Wow – I’ve got a Little Brother!.

Within these simple dramas were visceral moments that could make an audience’s hair stand on end – and most remain unaware to this day.

Most cinephiles will know him for his work in Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie, but to me, his full potential hit the screen earlier in 2017, with the genre-bending Get Out.

With Us, now available in a terrific 4k release from Universal, genres are again massaged into something that I doubt viewers will see coming. It’s almost as if M. Knight Shyamalan has lived up to his early potential, and has been dropped, fully formed, in our midst.

Us is one of those films that creeps up on you, morphs along the way, and then circles back at you, with a blind-side you’d not considered.

The story. Best not to get into it, except that it begins on odd home invasion turf, and then takes off in a myriad of different and satisfying directions.

Shot digitally, and finished in 2k, the 4k Blu-ray with a wonderful Dolby Atmos track, is all one might ask for.

My advice is to pick up a copy asap, and enjoy.

But don’t read reviews that might contain spoilers.

And probably best to keep the lights on.

Us is one of the finest horror / thrillers to come along in many a year.

Image – 5 (HDR10)

Audio – 5 (Dolby Atmos)

Pass / Fail – Pass

Highly Recommended

RAH

Published by

Robert Harris

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14 Comments

  1. I’d like to rewatch Us; I didn’t understand it the first time. But I may never get to it since there’s so many movies I want to watch, it’s hard to find time for a movie I didn’t really care for.

  2. Robert Crawford

    I actually liked this film more than "Get Out".

    I thought "Get Out" held together better, but I wouldn't be surprised if "Us" generates more conversation and critical analysis over the long term.

  3. I went to watch this at the cinema while my car was across the street getting an oil change. Knew nothing about it except the flick was starting at the right time for me. During the film people were laughing out loud at parts of it…I couldn't figure out if it was supposed to be a horror film or a comedy- seriously!
    I was hoping the Lost Boys would appear once they reached Santa Carla and the laughter would stop….
    There's a lot of hype around Jordan Peele- I'm just not seeing it.

  4. Blu_rayfan66

    During the film people were laughing out loud at parts of it…I couldn't figure out if it was supposed to be a horror film or a comedy- seriously!

    It's a horror movie that's also funny.

  5. DaveF

    I’d like to rewatch Us; I didn’t understand it the first time. But I may never get to it since there’s so many movies I want to watch, it’s hard to find time for a movie I didn’t really care for.

    I blame the snacks and alcohol at the great theater we were in. =) I read quite a few of the reviews after, and I agree with some, disagree with others, and definitely want to get my hands on a copy to watch it again. SOON.

  6. Although I have been a little critical of this movie, and Get Out…I did find both had a unique style to them and some original elements which I liked.
    Not of fan of either movie really…but I am interested to see what the director comes up with in the future.

  7. “It’s almost as if M. Knight Shyamalan has lived up to his early potential…” the most accurate quote on Peele’s talent I’ve read so far. In his films you can see the influence of Polanski, Roeg, Friedkin, and Spielberg but updated to the modern stylings of current cinema. He’s not a flash in the pan but an authentic artist worth paying attention to. This is a buy in my book too.

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