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Cloverfield 4K / Cloverfield Lane 4K

by Greg Vellante
EDGE Media Network Contributor
Wednesday Jan 31, 2018
Cloverfield 4K / Cloverfield Lane 4K

In 2008, a mysteriously marketed movie named "Cloverfield" entered mainstream cinemas and became a concrete gamechanger in the limitations and strengths of blockbuster entertainment. With its shaky camcorder cinematography, the movie marked a new era for the "found footage" movie and achieved a milestone similar to that of "The Blair Witch Project" -- a film, shrouded in secrecy, that delivered genuine thrills and surprises with a structure and commercial approach that challenged the norm.

Celebrating its tenth anniversary this year, the first "Cloverfield" has been remastered on 4K Ultra HD to deliver the optimum quality for a home viewing experience. It's an odd choice, however, considering the film's visual origins lie in a Mini-DV, camcorder-based photography that is more akin to standard over high definition, let alone 4K. As such, the movie seems a little too polished in the new version, which has upgraded the 2K resolution to 4K. It's admittedly an image that is sharper and more dynamic than its Blu-ray comparison, but not by much (but this is a tough achievement when the source material wasn't filmed in 4K).

Ten years later, "Cloverfield" has stood the test of time and still delivers an exhilarating storyline about a group of New Yorkers who find their city under attack by a giant monster who is slowly revealed with a pacing that reminded me of the shark in "Jaws." Speaking of predators, one of the most satisfying aspects of visiting this film a decade later is that T.J. Miller (who was just beginning his career with this film, playing the unbearably obnoxious guy behind the camera) has spent the past ten years revealing himself as the true piece of shit he is. So, it was obviously very satisfying to watch him get killed by a giant monster and finally shut the fuck up.

Two years ago, the "Cloverfield" saga entered franchise territory with "10 Cloverfield Lane," a side story starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and John Goodman in a tense chamber piece about a woman (Winstead) trapped in an underground bunker by a man (Goodman) who claims the outside world has been subjected to a chemical attack. A far superior film visually, "10 Cloverfield Lane" is better suited for the 4K treatment, but both films pair well for an enjoyable entertainment experience. Whether or not you want to upgrade to 4K is up to you.

Bonus features on the "Cloverfield" 4K release include:
• Commentary by Director Matt Reeves
• Special Investigation Mode
• Document 01.18.08: The Making of "Cloverfield"
• "Cloverfield" Visual Effects
• I Saw It! It's Alive! It's Huge!
• Clover Fun
• Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary
• Alternate Endings with Optional Commentary

Bonus features on the "10 Cloverfield" 4K release include:
• Commentary by Director Dan Trachtenberg and Producer J.J. Abrams
• Cloverfield Too
• Bunker Mentality
• Duck and Cover
• Spin-Off
• Kelvin Optical
• Fine Tuned
• End of Story

"Cloverfield" and "10 Cloverfield Lane"
4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray Combo Packs

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