Eternals – 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review

Eternals

When Eternals came out in November, I had a feeling that the complex cornucopia of themes would turn off a lot of viewers. It turns out that I was right. However, upon my second and third viewing of Eternals, my thoughts are still the same as my initial review in November. The film is incredibly thought-provoking, dealing with the themes of family and honor—even dealing with our beliefs in a higher power. It’s a lot of movie, but Eternals is a fresh entry into the world of the MCU. Be that as it may, I still can understand why not many people enjoyed the film. It’s definitely not as accessible as other MCU films.

Movie Rating: 4/5 atoms

Eternals - Lauren Ridloff, Don Lee, Angelina Jolie, Richard Madden, Salma Hayek, Gemma Chan, Lia McHugh, and Brian Tyree Henry

Video

Eternals hits Ultra HD Blu-ray with an HDR10 transfer and a 2.39:1 aspect ratio. There are several instances where the picture gets very dark—to the point where I had to squint to see what was going on. For example, Kro’s first appearance in London or the first appearance of the Eternals on the Domo is extremely dark. It kind of makes sense since Chloé Zhao loves to use natural lighting in her films, but there comes a time when you need to brighten the scene so we can see what’s going on.

The colors look natural and vibrant, and they feel different compared to the other films in the MCU. The film’s cinematography takes in the natural environment with its pure lighting and native colors. The picture showcases all the breathtaking details that are easy to distinguish with every crisp frame… That is if you can see what’s going on in the first place.

Video Rating: 4/5 atoms

Eternals - Richard Madden and Gemma Chan

Audio

Eternals hits Ultra HD Blu-ray with a Dolby Atmos and a core 7.1 Dolby TrueHD Master Audio track. This review will reflect Eternals‘ Dolby Atmos track. From Makkari running around or the Deviants rushing from all over, you’ll find the sound moves seamlessly across the soundstage. Whether it be Arishem’s booming voice, Ikaris flying around, or an explosion, there are plenty of overhead effects to be found in this mix. Not to mention, the instruments in the score are separated and playfully move across the entire soundstage—including the overheads. Also, the score sounds clean without overpowering the mix.

There are some terrific splashes of immersive ambiance from the rear and side channels. Since Eternals isn’t the most action-packed MCU film, there is an emphasis on dialogue clarity. Unfortunately, there isn’t any “oomph” to the audio. When Gilgamesh punches or Ikaris uses his laser beams, the sound effects aren’t accompanied by any punchy bass. 

Audio Rating: 4/5 atoms

Eternals - Kumail Nanjiani, Lia McHugh, Gemma Chan, Richard Madden, Angelina Jolie, and Don Lee

Special Features

Eternals‘ Ultra HD Blu-ray disc doesn’t have any special features on it. However, you can find the following special features on the 1080p Blu-ray disc:

  • Immortalized
  • Walks of Life
  • Gag Reel
  • Deleted Scenes
    • Gravity
    • Nostalgia
    • Movies
    • Small Talk
  • Audio Commentary by Chloé Zhao, Stephanie Ceretti, and Mårten Larsson
Features Assessment

Although there isn’t a lot of bonus features in this release, you’ll still be able to find some good stuff on here. The audio commentary with Chloé Zhao and her visual effects team is an okay listen. Unsurprisingly, they’re focused on how they achieved visual effects in the film. So those expecting to hear a commentary of Zhao dissecting the film will be slightly disappointed.

The rest of the materials here are just your simple standard EPK stuff. “Immortalized” Chloé Zhao, the cast, and the others talk about who the Eternals are and how they brought this cast together to tell this story. The feature also explores the film’s scope, characters, the original comics, shooting locations, and production design. “Walks of Life” has the cast gushes over the opportunity to play a superhero and how they are a diverse group. As for the deleted scenes, they’re intriguing but nothing special. Finally, the gag reel is self-explanatory, but you can see how much fun the entire cast and crew had on-set.

Special Features Rating: 3/5 atoms


Overall, Eternals is one of the most evocative and thought-provoking Marvel films to date. It’s just unfortunate that the video transfer and audio mix aren’t as perfect as they should be. The video is extremely dark, and the audio is lacking any bass power. At the same time, the special features are severely lacking in the content department as well.

Overall Rating: 4/5 atoms

Eternals hits stores on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray on February 15th.

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

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