Love And Monsters 4K Ultra HD

Featured In Issue 253, January/February 2021

WSR Score3.5
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Paramount Home Entertainment
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In "Love And Monsters," it's been seven years after the Monsterpocalypse. Joel Daeson (O'Brien), along with the rest of humanity, has been living underground ever since giant creatures took control of the land. After reconnecting over radio with his high school girlfriend Aimee (Henwick), who is now 80 miles away at a coastal colony, Joel begins to fall for her again. As Joel realizes that there's nothing left for him underground, he decides to venture out to Aimee, despite al the dangerous monsters that stand in his way. (Gary Reber)

Special features include deleted scenes; the featurettes "Bottom Of The Food Chain," "The Cast," and "It's A Monster's World: Creating A Post-Apocalyptic Landscape"; and a Movies Anywhere digital code.

The 2.39:1 2160p HEVC/H.265 Ultra HD HDR10/Dolby Vision picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, was photographed digitally and sourced from a 2K (not 4K) master Digital Intermediate format. As the 2K Digital Intermediate has been upconverted to 2160p, there is no real gain in native resolution. The imagery is sharp with excellent clarity. Both the underground interiors and the various surface terrain, such as forest trees, vegetation and floors and decayed urbanization, are nicely defined. As well, monstrous details are revealing in tentacles, eyes, claws and slime. Facial features, such as hair and skin, clothing, and object texture are nicely defined in closeups. Color fidelity is excellent with nuanced hue shadings throughout. Colors appear realistic in various settings, such as bright forested exteriors and a sandy beach, as well as on clothing, creatures, and underground compounds. Greens appear exceptionally natural. HDR contrast is excellent with deep and natural blacks and revealing shadow integration, as well as white levels and spot effects. This is a very creative visual experience that has amazing sequences of monsters enjoying people. (Gary Reber)

The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 7.1-channel soundtrack is dynamic and exciting when monsters attack. During an attack on Joel's bunker, deep bass is heard with effective depth and energy. As more monsters appear on Joel's adventures outside his bunker, they crawl and creek and make all sorts of scary sounds aggressively directionalized in the four surrounds and accompanied by powerful deep bass. Surround definition is very precise and spatially dimensional. During the final scene at the beach, there is a prodigious bass extension to sub-25 Hz frequencies, perfectly pulling the listener into the beachside frenzy. The orchestral score occupies a wide and deep soundstage that extends to the surrounds. Dialogue on the surface is ADR produced and wanting in spatial integration. While this is an excellent 7.1-channel soundtrack, it would benefit tremendously with Auro-Matic Immersive Sound upmixing. Still, this is a very well-crafted soundtrack with superb dynamics and powerful bass that is very entertaining. (Gary Reber)