Jeff Bridges, Dakota Johnson, and Cynthia Erivo lead an all-star cast in Bad Times at the El Royale, a 1969 set film noir written, produced and directed by Drew Goddard(The Cabin In The Woods).
The Production: 3.5/5
“The El Royale is a bi-state establishment. You have the option to choose a room in either California or Nevada.”
3D Rating: NA
Bad Times at the El Royale appears on 4K UHD and Blu-ray disc in its original 2:39.1 aspect ratio. The 4K UHD disc displays the film in 2160p using the HEVC codec. Video presentation is flawless on this film, which was actually produced on film, rather than digitally, by use of anamorphic lenses made in the 1960s. The screen compositions by cinematographer Seamus McGarvey(Atonement, Anna Karenina) are served well on the 4K UHD disc with solid blacks and sublime shadow detail. The motley pigments of the color scheme carefully selected for the sets by art director Michael Diner and production designer Martin Whist are likewise served well in 2160p resolution.
The English Dolby Atmos audio is a joy on this UHD disc. Gunfire and explosions are delivered with sonic punch, and the ambient sounds of rainfall and thunder are encompassing, with nice use of directional audio at discrete intervals. The pop music selections from the jukebox at the center of the hotel are presented with higher fidelity and clarity than they ever must have enjoyed in their day. Likewise, the strident musical compositions by Michael Giacchino are not given short shrift either in this magnificent audio presentation.
Special Features: 2.5/5
Bad Times at the El Royale is an entertaining modern film noir(taking place 50 years ago) that builds suspense at its own pace but rewards the audiences’ patience for the most part in its resolution. Some members of the first-rate cast reportedly agreed to lower pay scales on this film in exchange for creative freedom under director Drew Goddard. The video and audio presentations on the 4K UHD disc are flawless. The special features are interesting and recommended, particularly the Gallery which allows for closer exploration of the exquisite art design and set decoration of the functional set of the hotel. Bad Times at the El Royale on 4K UHD disc may warrant repeat visits to its locale.https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07DKWJWX8?pf_rd_p=c2945051-950f-485c-b4df-15aac5223b10&pf_rd_r=X7RB94EDA8219BJ73QA1