The Shallows 4K Blu-ray Disc Review

An extra review, written-wise comes your way today as we look at a great white shark movie in the vain of Castaway. Do you buy that? Blake Lively, basically the only actor in this film gets stranded on a rock while a shark is circling her. Can a single actress carry the whole movie? You must scan your eyes down the page to find out! Movie reviews and disc quality reviews are color coded for your convenience, BillChete in orange and Lady Phantom in blue respectively.

IMDb Storyline: In the taut thriller The Shallows, when Nancy (Blake Lively) is surfing on a secluded beach, she finds herself on the feeding ground of a great white shark. Though she is stranded only 200 yards from shore, survival proves to be the ultimate test of wills, requiring all of Nancy’s ingenuity, resourcefulness, and fortitude

Movie Review:
Oh Snap, we have music for your ears on this written review as we covered it in great detail on our sister podcast, Horror Movie Weekly where BillChete, Lady Phantom and Jay of the Dead, just released the AUDIO summary and rating today. Click that Audio Link to listen to 3 hosts banter about The Shallows.

4K Disc Quality:
Oh baby Sony knocked it out of the park on this release. In comparison with the standard Blu-ray, the 4K version is monumentally ahead of it. It is astounding, lifelike, rich, and super detailed. You get scenes, and not super closeups, where you can see grains of beach sand on the body of the star. Ultra detailed wounds, water beads and facial blemishes. All the underwater scenes are extremely gorgeous, bright, vivid and every other word you can think of to describe, clarity and reality-based footage. The shark is completely CGI, and with the level of crispness here, you believe that beast is swimming around and jumping out of the water. I will say there are two scenes where it did look kind of fake, specifically when it’s biting a metal buoy, but all-in-all it is undeniably incredible. The audio is impressive too, while the overheads are never used enough for me, the surrounds and engulfment of sound is pleasing to your ears. Bass thumps work and so does the ocean waves. You truly feel the environment with audio cues. This is a Reference Disc, do not hesitate whatsoever by buying The Shallows on 4K. YOU WILL show off this Disc. It’s stunning!

This 4K disc is pretty stunning. The landscape, the sea, the water, it all looks like demo material. You can’t ask for clearer picture. You can see every grain of sand on our protagonist’s body and face, and every blemish as well. The video quality makes the makeup shine; you can see Nancy’s leg damage, and its color changing throughout the movie through all the different stages that it goes. And of course, later on, the jellyfish burns. The colors are all deep and beautiful, and the scenes where the water gets all blood red look great. The audio is also great. You can hear every bit of dialogue, the deep sounds of the sea, the dying whale, and you can hear exactly where they’re coming from. All in all, this is an incredible disc, and if you get this movie, you definitely should get it in 4K.

Breakdown of “The Shallows (2016)

Movie Rating  
BillChete:  8 (Buy) Lady Phantom:  8 (Buy)

4K Blu-ray Disc Grade  
BillChete:  A (Worthy) Lady Phantom:  A (Worthy)

Average 4K Disc Grade

A