Writer/director Jordan Peele has followed up his celebrated first feature Get Out (2017) with another film that is more squarely in the horror genre with Us, an interesting new variation on the doppelganger legend.
The Production: 4/5
Us follows Adelaide(Madison Curry), a girl whose childhood trauma seems to follow her into adulthood. Young Adelaide wanders away from her parents at the pier in Santa Cruz and confronts a mirror image of herself in an abandoned funhouse. Adelaide does not seem herself after she reunites with her parents, and her explanation of confronting a doppelganger is minimized by others as something that must have been a reflection in a mirror.
3D Rating: NA
Us appears on 4K UHD in its original 2.39:1 screen aspect ratio. This is a fine transfer with exquisite fine detail and subdued chromatic tones with HDR. The opening night scenes in Santa Cruz feature unusual clarity with more suffused imagery for the bulk of the film. Shadow detail is likewise excellent for the cinematography that employs shadows and darkness to enhance the suspense.
Us is presented in an English Dolby Atmos mix that makes exceptional use of the soundstage. Directional audio is used exceedingly well with a sound mix that uses silence at discreet intervals to elevate the nervous mood of the screenplay. The use of thunder, crash of surf, and cacophony of carnival music and crowd noises in the opening scenes sets a high standard of audio excellence that never diminishes through the remainder of the film. This is definitely among the best presentations of Dolby Atmos that I have experienced in a home theater setting.
Special Features: 4/5
Special features on the 4K disc include all of the following:
Us is an intriguing and creepy take on the doppelganger myth, and flirts with the conception of privilege in society, and the idea that someone else suffers in place of one who is blessed. The video and audio presentation in 4K is flawless, with a particularly great Dolby Atmos presentation. The special features are fairly comprehensive and include some discussions about the plot turns and themes in the film which may be helpful for viewers who are intrigued but confused by the twists and turns of the plot. Us is one of those films that lends itself to multiple viewings to absorb all of its nuances.https://www.amazon.com/Us-Blu-ray-Lupita-Nyongo/dp/B07PDTXZG9/ref=sr_1_1?crid=1GG1LR49C4ZWS&keywords=us+4k&qid=1560613390&s=movies-tv&sprefix=Us+4K%2Caps%2C221&sr=1-1