Cloverfield 4K Ultra

              review by Bobby Blakey

In 2008 Cloverfield came out of nowhere to become a surprise hit. The film took the found footage approach to an alien invasion and found an audience with ease. In 2016 they released the sequel 10 Cloverfield Lane, but left behind the found footage aspect. Now Paramount is bringing the original film along with its sequel on 4K Ultra HD for the first time.

Cloverfield follows five New Yorkers from the perspective of a hand-held video camera. The movie is exactly the length of a DV Tape and a sub-plot is established by showing bits and pieces of video previously recorded on the tape that is being recorded over. The movie starts as a monster of unknown origin destroys a building. As they go to investigate, parts of the building and the head of the Statue of Liberty come raining down. The movie follows their adventure trying to escape and save a friend, a love interest of the main character. The film featured a great young cast including Mike Vogel, T.J. Miller, Odette Annabel, Jessica Lucas, and Lizzy Caplan. People knew little to nothing about this film when it came out so going in viewers had no idea that they were in for a ride.

Despite now knowing where it is going Matt Reeves feature holds up well. The story is pretty simple with the beginning being a throwaway generic set up focusing on these characters drama and relationships. While this is the least interesting part of the film it sets up the group before the city begins to literally start to collapse around them. For the rest of the film it is pretty chaotic with some quick initial glimpses of the creatures on the attack works to perfection. Sure there are questionable moments to why they continue to film throughout the whole film, but is still one of the better use of the style out there. As the film moved forward it offers up more look into the creatures leading up to a great ending that gives the impression that it could go no further.

The talk has begun again for another chapter in the Cloverfield franchise, but once again we wait, but until then you can revisit the first two chapters of the franchise like never before in awesome 4K Ultra HD. In addition to the film in beautiful 4K, this release also includes commentaries, featurettes, deleted and alternate scenes that take you further behind the mystery of the bunker. Take a unique new look at those affected with Cloverfield on 4K Ultra HD for the first time available now from Paramount Home Entertainment.