Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings in 4K UHD, the review: when colors become magic

The review of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings in 4K UHD: the Walt Disney product amazes for the chromatic intensity, as well as for the surgical detail, which is already valid in blu-ray.

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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings: Simi Liu in one scene

The origins of Shang-Chi, the new superhero of the Marvel Cinematic Universe who, when dragged into the network of the mysterious organization of the Ten Rings, must confront a past he thought he had left behind. As we will see in the review of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings in 4K UHD, yet another spectacular Marvel chapter, directed by Destin Daniel Cretton and starring Simu Liu and Tony Leung Chiu Wai, has now found, thanks to Walt Disney, its worthy landing on homevideo.

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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings: Simu Liu in an action scene from the film

The video: fine detail and depth, but it is the chromatic intensity that astounds

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In fact, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment offers Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings in various homevideo editions. We were able to analyze the most complete and qualitative one, the 4K UHD which also contains the blu-ray disc on which among other things we find the extras. It must be said that blu-ray is already excellent for detail and depth and here the leap in quality is not so stellar, but where 4K engages an extra gear is on the brilliance and intensity of colors: thanks to HDR in fact the yield in some moments is spectacular if not stunning.

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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings: Simu Liu in a fight scene

In 4K the picture is certainly sharper and the finer detail, faces and clothes are dissected in the pores and in the details, but we repeat that in this respect the blu-ray already did its good job. Sure there is a greater feeling of depth and panoramas benefit from it, but as mentioned it is the chromatic exuberance (and certain scenes are really a feast for the eyes) that 4K really impresses, as well as presenting a deeper black and a brighter white. Some very chaotic and action-packed scenes, as well as other darker ones, actually tend to a certain softness with a bending of incisiveness, but in the well-lit daytime hours and especially in the forest, the rendering as it is to be left open-mouthed.

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Accurate and immersive audio, but power and bass seem too shy

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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings: Awkwafina and Simu Liu in a new photo

The department is less exciting audio, both for the Italian Dolby Digital Plus 7.1 and for the English Dolby Atmos (in the original blu-ray there is DTS HD 7.1). The tracks in fact, compared to the potential suggested by really bombastic action scenes, are a bit flat and lacking the necessary energy. Let’s be clear, we are still faced with an engaging listening, the rear axle reproduces various sound effects with great precision, the localization of some elements in the most frenetic and whirling scenes is always taken care of, the soundtrack is enveloping, but it is the dynamics that are not impress and above all the powerful thrust and bass support are too shy. This aspect is less pronounced in the English Atmos, but it too does not shine in this characteristic.

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The extras: audio commentary, behind the scenes and deleted scenes

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Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings: Tony Leung in one scene

Discrete the extra, with an abundant half hour of contributions and an audio commentary: the latter starring director Destin Daniel Cretton and screenwriter Dave Callaham. How featurette we start with Building a legacy (9 minutes), or a good behind the scenes with a deepening of Shang-Chi’s explosive entry into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the importance of having an Asian Marvel superhero, and then physical training, the creation of sequences of key action, locations, digital creatures and costumes.

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Shang-Chi and the legend of the Ten Rings: Meng’er Zhang in an action scene

Continue with Family ties (7 ‘and a half), which analyzes in particular the relationship between Shang-Chi and Xu Wenwu, that is, between father and son, the motivations of the characters and the particular work of Tony Leung in the film. We find then Credits (2 ‘), basically some gag reel with funny moments on the set, and very little scene eliminate: we find eleven of them for a total of 14 and a half minutes, these are their titles: Waiting, Try it, Shang-Chi apologizes, I’m here, Pep talk, Grandeur, Escape through the tunnel, Two children, Postcard, Solo friends, go it alone.

Conclusions

As we have seen in the review of Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings in 4K UHD, the new Marvel film is enhanced in its spectacularity by a superb video rendering, which in addition to detail and depth, impresses above all for its brilliance and intensity. chromatic. The audio is less exciting, however of a good level but with little bite in the bass, the extras discreet.

Because we like it

  • 4K video is dazzling in detail and depth.
  • In the pictures, the chromatic intensity and the brilliance of the colors are particularly impressive.
  • The HD blu-ray video is also top notch.
  • The extras are interesting and there is also an audio commentary.

What’s wrong

  • The minutes of the extras are limited to just over half an hour.
  • The audio doesn’t have an overwhelming impact as it could in some scenes, especially at the bass level.

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