Fury – 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review

Fury - Theatrical Poster

Let’s face it, bad World War II films are a rarity in Hollywood. If you look at a list of films, you may count the bad films on two hands. Yet when it comes to Fury, it’s neither good nor bad… It’s just average.

David Ayer loves to ground his films in reality and Fury is no exception. He brings the brutal and realistic side of tank warfare straight to the forefront. It’s bloody and dangerous, to say the least. Not to mention, it shows you how brave the US tank soldiers were whenever they went up to the more advanced German Panzer tanks.

But as savage as the visuals may be, the cinematography is quite beautiful to look at. It’s kind of art in the way that it’s shot. The colors and the stark contrast between the light and dark are stunning to look at.

Ayer loves to put realism into his films, this also includes realistic characters too. Meaning that some of these characters aren’t relatable at all. They’re just hardened soldiers who act like jerks at times. You don’t necessarily root for them or care for them. You’re just there to watch a seemingly genuine look at tank warfare during World War II.

The only problem is that the film goes through every single war cliche in the book. It takes some of the good cliches and seems to avoid the bad ones. Not to mention, the German Panzers seem to have a slight case of “Stormtrooper” syndrome. In other words, the most advanced tanks in the war can’t seem to hit the Fury from close range? Preposterous.

In addition, there are a lot of quiet moments that slow the film down immensely. Although these scenes bring development to the characters, the film starts to get boring here. It’s during these scenes that we see the true colors of our heroes, for better or worse.

As an ensemble, the cast is pretty much what you expect from them. Brad Pitt is essentially playing a less hammy version of his character in Inglourious Basterds. Jon Bernthal is giving the same crazy hard ass performance like he always does.

Michael Peña Is solid as always despite a lack of things to do. Unusually, Shia LaBeouf gives a quiet nuanced performance as Bible. Logan Lerman is easily the biggest surprise in this film. Not only does he have the biggest story arc but he’s also the most relatable too.

Overall, Fury is an underwhelming World War II film that had a chance to be great. With a great cast and fantastic production team, all of the stars were aligned. Yet the film’s many flaws outweigh the good parts. Nevertheless, Fury perfectly captures the horrors of war in a realistic and grounded way. War really is like hell on Earth.

Movie Rating: 3/5 atoms

Fury - Brad Pitt, Shia BaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal, and Scott Eastwood

Fury hits 4K Ultra HD with an HDR10 4K transfer and a 2.39:1 aspect ratio. Although there is only a slight improvement over the 1080p Blu-ray, the transfer still looks amazing in 4K. Primarily due to the fact that the film’s source material is native 4K. Yet because of the way that the film was made, the film doesn’t make good use of the HDR. The film is mostly drab, cold, and dull looking. A lot of the colors don’t seem to stand out and neither do the whites.

However, when there are bright colors and whites on-screen, they’re bright and pop from the screen. Also, the warmer colors that are used saturates the screen without any bleeding or oversaturation. It’s quite nice and even. On the other hand, the black levels are right on the money. It’s inky and deep without any sort of crush in the shadow details. The details in the film are also crystal clear as you can see even the finest detail clearly on-screen. Overall, this is an excellent transfer

Video Rating: 5/5 atoms

Fury - Logan Lerman & Brad Pitt

Fury hits 4K Ultra HD with a Dolby Atmos and a core 7.1 Dolby TrueHD track. The review will reflect Fury‘s core 7.1 Dolby TrueHD Master Audio track. Fury’s audio is one aggressive mix. Since this is a war film, the battle sound effects come at you from all sides. That means that gunfire, explosions, and shouting will envelop you in the soundstage throughout these hectic moments. The dialogue comes in clearly from the center channel. Not to mention, that the dialogue, sound effects, and music never overpower each other in this mix. However, there isn’t a lot of oomph in this mix. Sadly, there isn’t a lot of LFE that’ll put your subwoofer to work. Nevertheless, this is still a great audio mix.

Audio Rating: 4.5/5 atoms

Fury - Jon Bernthal

Fury‘s 4K Ultra HD disc has the following special features:

  • Tiger 131
  • Heart of Fury
  • Clash of Armor
  • No Guts, No Glory: The Horrors of Combat
  • The Tanks of Fury
  • Trailers

Although these featurettes are mostly your standard promotional videos, you will learn a lot about tanks and tank warfare. There’s just so much informational and educational stuff to go through that it’s like watching an educational program. Not to mention, these featurettes go into the specific details about the different tanks in the film.

If you want to go more in-depth about the historical aspect of the film then “The Tanks of Fury” is for you. This 46-minute program runs down Fury‘s real-life historical influence. Unfortunately, you may see some of the same content from the other featurettes. Altogether, they’re must-watches if you’re a fan of World War II history.

Special Features Rating: 4.5/5 atoms

Overall, Fury is a mediocre World War II film. It could’ve been great but the film and storyline never fully come together. The video and audio presentations are amazing. Also, the special features are all must-watches for history buffs. You’ll definitely learn a lot about tanks, tank warfare, and its significance in World War II.

Overall Rating: 4.5/5 atoms

This Blu-ray was reviewed using a retail/advance copy/unit provided by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

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