I’m always seeing and hearing discussions about the next evolution of filmmaking, with the main focus being what will be the next Hollywood standard of frames per second. We’ve seen some films play around with this such as The Hobbit movies being shot at 48fps instead of the industry standard of 24fps, and some films going up to 60fps or higher. The next one in line is Ang Lee’s Gemini Man starring Will Smith that brings home the high frame rate experience along with 4K UHD and HDR in tow for one of the coolest looking action films out there.
Our own Christian Stirling had a good time with this one at the movies, and you can read all about it in his review for plot info and more as I jump right into my take on it. Much like Christian, I agree that this is a fun action flick to check out despite some silliness making its way into the mix. The main thing I really enjoyed is this being my first time seeing a movie shot at 60 frames per second in 4K UHD with HDR. I’ve heard about the release of Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk on 4K Blu-ray, but never had the opportunity to see it. So for me to check out a pretty intense action movie as my first 60fps film is quite an experience.
For the most part, the high frame rate makes everything look and feel smooth. There are some moments though when the action gets really intense and you can see the CG special effects can’t hold together that well, especially during fast chase scenes and fighting moments where it looks more like watching a video game than a movie. Even still I had a good time watching Will Smith fight against his younger self and all of the VFX-filled action.
With this film being shot at such a high frame rate, it’s good to see that the power of 4K Blu-ray discs are crucial for releases such as this one as it’s the only medium that can handle it. The added bonus of 4K visuals and HDR color makes the already intense action even more so, and the Dolby HD audio ensures you’ll be doing your best to dodge gunfire and speeding vehicles as they roar through your sound setup perfectly.
There’s not much in the way of extras, but I do love the fact how the 4K movie disc has a 60fps special feature that goes into how some of the visual effects were made. There’s a few other features on the extras disc such as an alternate opening scene, a deleted scene, some extras going into the impressive special effects, director Ang Lee discussing his vision of the film, and more.
Those looking for a good sci-fi action flick to check out and push their 4K setup to the limit will want to double down on Gemini Man for their collection. As long as you don’t set your expectations too high, you’ll more than enjoy the thrills here, especially at 60fps with 4K visuals, HDR color, and Dolby HD audio to maximize the fun ride you’re sure to have with this release.