As long as you haven’t been under a rock for the past few months, chances are you’ve heard about the thriller movie A Quiet Place that’s directed by and starring John Krasinski of TV’s The Office. Ever since Jordan Peele’s Get Out, it seems a surge of actors mostly known for comedic roles have taken to directing and/or starring in horror films, and now you can bring this one home to experience in 4K that will keep you quiet and scared of any kind of sound while you watch.
Our own Travis Seppala reviewed this one during its theatrical run, so be sure to check out his review for all of the in-depth plot details and such while I give my take on the movie and this 4K UHD Blu-ray release. I’ll admit it, I did find this film to be highly intense and it did make me dread hearing any sudden noises or sounds as I was watching.
Luckily there’s still enough natural noise, a music score, and some minimal dialogue throughout the film to keep it from feeling like a silent movie experiment (which John Krasinski even said he was trying to avoid). I also like the fact that it’s never explained how or why the monsters are there or where they came from, as it reminded me of classic pictures such as Steven Spielberg’s Jaws where a threat shows up and you’re forced to deal with it, no questions asked.
Thanks to super detailed 4K visuals and audio, it made me feel as though I was right there with the family and their day-to-day struggle to survive on limited supplies and doing everything they can to stay quiet, least they get snatched up and killed by one of the creatures. Everything comes in super clean and crisp, especially the HDR enhanced picture, making the already eerie atmosphere even more terrifying.
After how much this movie was praised and talked about, I thought there would be more special features on here than these, but at least they’re short and to the point. “Reading the Quiet” features some behind the scenes footage of the cast and crew going over the plot, its themes on mixing a thriller with parenthood, and the overall production of the film. “The Sound of Darkness” goes into how silence plays a big role in the movie and how it’s made even more intense thanks to editing the sound to enhance small sounds and the creepy music score. Lastly there’s “A Reason for Silence” that shares some details on how the creature designs came about and what ideas were thrown around to make them come to life.
If you’re looking for the next intense thrill ride of a film to watch, then silently head out and pick up a copy of A Quiet Place on 4K UHD Blu-ray. It’s easily one of the most suspenseful movies I’ve seen, and it hooks you right from the beginning and doesn’t let go until the thrilling conclusion. Toss in a few special features that are short and sweet, and you have a near silent film that really is golden.