Uncharted – Blu-ray Review

Uncharted

 When I reviewed the film back in February, I said that Uncharted is. Upon my second viewing of the movie, my thoughts have relatively stayed the same. First of all, Uncharted is still the kind of video game adaptation that other future adaptations should follow. Video game adaptations shouldn’t rehash the events of the past games, and they definitely shouldn’t give us a Hollywood interpretation of the material. That being said, the film isn’t perfect and isn’t one of the best video game adaptations out there. There are glaring issues with the depth of the villains and the overcomplexity of the treasure hunt. Nevertheless, Uncharted is still a fun-filled ride that should entertain non-players of the game. Fans of the game, on the other hand, should come in with an open mind.

Movie Rating: 3.5/5 atoms

Uncharted - Sophia Ali and Tom Holland

Video

Uncharted hits Blu-ray with a 1080p MPEG-AVC with a 2.39:1 aspect ratio. Black levels are deep, and whites look pure. The color saturation is also excellent as the colors pop and have a nice vibrance throughout. Details also look spectacular. It lets viewers see the sharper elements—including skin, clothes, and environments. At the same time, the picture allows the visual complexities of the film’s production design to shine through with ease and efficiency.

Video Rating: 5/5 atoms

Uncharted - Mark Wahlberg and Tom Holland

Audio

Uncharted hits Blu-ray with a 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio track. While it would’ve been nice if Sony supplied the Blu-ray version of Uncharted with the Atmos mix, this DTS-HD 5.1 track still does its job incredibly well. The track features a lot of action sequences that surround the viewer in the chaos. There’s also an excellent balance between the action sound effects, Ramin Djawadi’s score, and dialogue during these sequences. Atmospherics are full-sounding and immerses the viewer seamlessly into the film. Djawadi’s score is also broad, spacious, detailed, and supported by a healthy dose of subwoofer bass. Lastly, the dialogue is accurate and well-prioritized.

Audio Rating: 5/5 atoms

Uncharted - Antonio Banderas

Special Features

Uncharted‘s Blu-ray disc has the following special features on Blu-ray disc:

  • Deleted & Extended Scenes
    • Museum Deleted Scene
    • Original Sully Intro
    • Private Plane Extended Cut
    • Alternate Barcelona Arrival
    • Extended Safe House & Balcony
    • Braddock Finds Sully Outside the Antechamber
    • Inside the Car Trunk
    • Nate Finds Magellan’s Note
  • Never a Dull Moment: Stunts & Action
  • Becoming Nathan Drake
  • Director Commentary
  • Villains, Backstabbers, & Accomplices
  • Charting the Course: On Set with Ruben Fleischer
  • The Buddy System
  • Big Action Breakdown: C-17 Globemaster
  • Music Video
  • Theatrical Marketing
    • Just a Little Charted
    • Bromantic
    • Harry & Tom
    • Stunts
Features Assessment

Unfortunately for Uncharted fans, there’s little substance here outside of the commentary from director Ruben Fleischer. While the deleted and extended scenes are great and the featurettes are informative and entertaining, just about every featurette is widely available through official channels on YouTube

The deleted and extended scenes are fun, but they don’t dramatically add anything of substance to the theatrical edit. “Big Action Breakdown” offers an in-depth look at the whole process of creating an action sequence. For a broader look at the action, “Never a Dull Moment” examines these sequences and how the filmmakers wanted to match the spectacle from the video games. Speaking of video games, “Becoming Nathan Drake” looks at how the filmmakers adapted the iconic video game character to the big screen.

“Villians, Backstabbers, & Accomplices” explores the supporting characters in the film. At the same time, the cast talks about what they brought to these characters. Similarly, “Charting the Course” digs into Ruben Fleischer’s role in bringing Uncharted to life. “The Buddy System” looks at the friendship between Tom Holland and Mark Wahlberg—crucial for the relationship between Nate and Sully.

Special Features Rating: 3/5 atoms


Overall, Uncharted is a decent but entertaining adaptation. However, if you’re looking for a bigger adventure, I would play the Uncharted video games instead. The video and audio presentation are first-rate, but the bonus features are severely lacking.

Overall Rating: 4/5 atoms

Uncharted is now available in stores on Blu-ray.

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

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