Jordan Peele delivers another horror allegory in Us, a twisted tale with pressing social commentary and thought-provoking ideas worthy of further discussion. Peele shares his fear of doppelgängers on Blu-ray with an outstanding HD presentation and a near-reference Dolby Atmos soundtrack, but a disappointingly small collection of bonuses. Still, the overall package is Recommended for audiences (and tethers) not planning a 4K upgrade.
You can read our full thoughts on Jordan Peele's Us in our review of the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray HERE.
Vital Disc Stats: The Blu-ray
Universal Studios Home Entertainment brings Jordan Peele's Us to Blu-ray as a two-disc combo pack with a Digital Copy code. The Region Free BD50 disc sits comfortably opposite a DVD-9, and both come inside a blue, eco-elite case with a slipcover. After several skippable trailers, viewers are taken to a static menu with music.
Peele's sophomore effort debuts on Blu-ray with a beautiful, highly-detailed 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 encode. Fine lines in the clothing, furniture, and surrounding foliage are razor sharp for the most part, and objects in the background are plainly visible, exposing every nook and cranny of the Wilson household and the underground facility home of the Tethered. Facial complexions are highly-revealing with lifelike textures, laying bare every pore, minor blemish, and whisker during close-ups. There are a few scenes that softer than its best moments, but they are very few and easy to overlook.
The freshly-minted transfer also debuts with heavily-stylized photography where the contrast is notably subdued and largely restrained. On several occasions, the deliberate look makes a few scenes seem slightly washed-out and somewhat dull, but whites are nonetheless crisp and clean. The artistic decision affects black levels, looking rather flat and murky in several instances while the finer details tend to be engulfed by the darkest, blackest corners of the frame. Still, the video appears faithful to the creative choices of the filmmakers to make the shadows all the more menacing and terrifying, cloaking whatever is hiding within.
Presented in its original 2.39:1 aspect ratio, the stylized look also moderately hinders the colors, which is all part of the filmmakers' larger intentions. The palette significantly favors the warmer earth tones, displaying lots of lustrous browns, ambers, yellows, and oranges, even when entering the Tyler household. Blues and teals have a nice pop to them, but greens are interestingly lacking on average while reds are deeply rich shades of cherry and crimson. Overall, it makes for a fascinating look for a horror flick and beautifully showcased in this gorgeous HD presentation. (HD Video Rating: 92/100)
Jordan Peele's Us debuts on Blu-ray with the same highly-satisfying and creepy Dolby Atmos soundtrack as its Ultra HD counterpart. For a more in-depth take on the audio quality, you can read our review of the 4K Ultra HD HERE. (Dolby Atmos Audio Rating: 94/100)
In his sophomoric follow-up to Get Out, Jordan Peele, once again, surprises with another darkly twisted psychological thriller in Us, a horror allegory with pressing social commentary and thought-provoking ideas that'll have viewers discussing long after the scares are over. Peele's nightmarish vision of modernity debuts on Blu-ray with an outstanding HD presentation and a highly-satisfying, near-reference Dolby Atmos soundtrack. Featuring a disappointingly small but still worth watching collection of bonus features, the overall package is Recommended for fans of intelligent genre flicks.