The Green Knight – 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review

The Green Knight

The Green Knight lets Lowery indulge in a bevy of surreal visuals while omitting any sort of substance in his screenplay. Lowery and cinematographer Andrew Droz Palermo wants viewers to engage in deep thought while looking at their visuals. If there is an excuse to stop the narrative to look at the film’s weird, seductive, and visually elegant cinematography, then they do just that. To its credit, though, The Green Knight is one of the most gorgeous films this year. It knows it, too, which is part of the problem. The rest of the problem lies with the fact that Lowery doesn’t seem to have any interest in bridging the gap between the imagery and the audience’s investment in the story. It’s just invested in the visuals and being weird. 

Not to mention, the film clocks in at a gigantic and slow-moving 130 minutes. Plenty of time for audiences to ponder about the film’s themes of selfishness, fear, and masculinity. The movie is chock full of ideas, but it can’t make those ideas fit into the context of “Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.” Throughout its massive runtime, Gawain goes on a series of misadventures. Although he’s in way over his head, he tries to convince himself that this will lead to the heroic tales his uncle, King Arthur, expects to hear from him.

Overall, The Green Knight is a film that openly isolates itself and keeps audiences at bay. It wants us to stand back and take in the beauty and the journey of Sir Gawain. Unfortunately, Lowery pushes us so far that we become emotionally disconnected from Gawain and his various misadventures. So while pretentious cinephiles would eat this movie up, average moviegoers will find the film to be a complete and utter bore. That’s what you get when you focus on style and no substance.

Movie Rating: 2/5 atoms

The Green Knight - Ralph Ineson

Video

The Green Knight hits Ultra HD Blu-ray with a Dolby Vision/HDR10 transfer and a 1.85:1 aspect ratio. Since the film relies heavily on “natural” lighting, the picture will tend to look inconsistent. When it comes to scenes with poor lighting, the black levels are primarily a light shade of black. It’s to the point where it looks like a dark gray. Yet, when the scene has a lot of light, the blacks become a deep black. Since the picture uses natural lighting, the whites beam off the screen. Not to mention, for a fantastical film such as this, the colors are vibrant. It’s especially true for the warmer colors such as red and orange—something you can see in Green Knight‘s opening scene. At the same time, The Green Knight is ripe with beautiful details—from the beautiful landscape to the decorative costumes—and thankfully, this release showcases everything in stunning clarity.

Video Rating: 4/5 atoms

The Green Knight - Barry Keoghan

Audio

The Green Knight hits Ultra HD Blu-ray with a Dolby Atmos and a core 7.1 Dolby TrueHD Master Audio track. This review will reflect The Green Knight‘s Dolby Atmos track. The Atmos mix for The Green Knight is one of the best mixes you’ll hear this year. From the winds bellowing to the birds flying through the sky, the sound effects move through the soundstage seamlessly. Also, there’s a fun level of immersion to the audio mix right off. The church bells that toll at the beginning of the film shows you the complete immersive experience designed for the audio mix. At the same time, Daniel Hart’s subtle and sweeping score fills up the whole soundstage. Since there are a lot of quiet moments in the movie, the dialogue takes precedence in the center channel and is clear when dialogue is spoken.

Audio Rating: 5/5 atoms

The Green Knight - Dev Patel and Joel Edgerton

Special Features

The Green Knight‘s Ultra HD Blu-ray disc has the following special features on it:

  • Boldest of Blood & Wildest of Heart: Making The Green Knight
  • Practitioners of Magic: Visual Effects
  • Illuminating Technique: Title Design
  • Theatrical Trailer

The making-of feature is such a thorough and insightful documentary where David Lowery and the cast break down almost every aspect of the film. At the same time, the various effects studios go in-depth into the design of every visual effect shot. With Illuminating Technique is a fantastic featurette, especially for design nerds such as myself. It features title designer Teddy Blanks individually breaking down his title concepts and how they changed throughout the production process.

Special Features Rating: 3.5/5 atoms


Overall, The Green Knight will certainly appeal to the pretentious, but average moviegoers will find the film to be a complete and utter bore. The video looks good, but the Dolby Atmos mix is the real star of this release. When it comes to the bonus features, they’re an eclectic mix of informative and intriguing.

Overall Rating: 4/5 atoms

The Green Knight hits stores on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on October 12th.

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

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