Color Out Of Space 4K Blu-ray Disc Review

Get ready for a bizarrely weird movie taken from the archives of H.P. Lovecraft as we analyze Color Out Of Space. Starring Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson, Madeleine Arthur and Brenden Meyer rounding out the four leads of the Gardner family. Movie reviews and disc quality reviews are color coded for your convenience, BillChete in orange and Lady Phantom in blue respectively.

IMDb Storyline: A story of cosmic terror about The Gardners, a family who moves to a remote farmstead in rural New England to escape the hustle of the 21st century. They are busy adapting to their new life when a meteorite crashes into their front yard. The mysterious aerolite seems to melt into the earth, infecting both the land and the properties of space-time with a strange, otherworldly color. To their horror, the Gardner family discover that this alien force is gradually mutating every life form that it touches…including them.

Movie Review:
Your faithful critics splurged into this film on Horror Movie Weekly many months ago. There were three completely different takes on this and you must listen to the AUDIO to get the full on examination of this independent flick.

4K Disc Quality:
This one is a bummer, and it kind of peeves me because these boutique production companies are not living up to their duty on 4K. First off we get NO HDR on this Disc, and this title ekes the high contrast ratio with the pink and white glows these aliens exhibit. This film should be all about aesthetic and the lack of color grading needed for UHD is lacking. Second, we do have mild film grain at times, that’s disheartening for a new movie that was scanned from film into a true 4K presentation. Lastly is the audio, while punchy at times there is a hollow, echoing effect that overrides dialog at times. There are a few malevolent tracks that were utilized with great effect during sinister happenings that I was pleased with. I simply can’t justify $20 bucks on the 4K Blu-ray Disc for the lack of preparedness and to me it was a money grab. These indy studios need to do MORE than the big dogs and this is the second time I’ve been burned so to speak. I can’t faithfully recommend the 4K version even though it is clear and satisfactory, it just felt like I was watching regular television during this movie.

I really wish this 4K disc was better. With all the color it has, and it doesn’t have HDR. True, it looks detailed and crisp enough, but the colors (and there are a lot) just don’t pop out of the screen. Add that to the grain that is present at all times, and it’s VERY disappointing. I’m not saying the colors aren’t bright, because they are. They just don’t pop the way I’d love them to. The sound isn’t that good either; more than once I couldn’t tell what the characters were saying. It gets loud at times, but loud doesn’t equal good. In general it’s a less than average disc, and even though I love the movie, the 4K disc leaves much to be desired.

Breakdown of “Color Out Of Space (2019)

Movie Rating  
BillChete:  6 (Buy) Lady Phantom:  9 (Buy)

4K Blu-ray Disc Grade  
BillChete:  D+ (Unworthy) Lady Phantom:  D- (Unworthy)

Average 4K Disc Grade