Movies for Dad in ul­tra-high def­i­ni­tion

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Here are a few last-minute Fa­ther’s Day movie gift ideas for dads plugged into the ul­tra-high-def­i­ni­tion rev­o­lu­tion, and each fea­tures high dy­namic range en­hance­ments to color and light­ing as well as eye-pop­ping 2160p vis­ual clar­ity.

The Ma­trix (Warner Bros. Home En­ter­tain­ment, rated R, 136 min­utes, 2.39:1 as­pect ra­tio, $33.07) Lana and Lilly Wa­chowski’s iconic, Academy Award-win­ning, scifi opus gets metic­u­lously mastered to the 2160p for­mat to give a new gen­er­a­tion of fa­thers a mind-blow­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.

Back in 1999, view­ers were in­tro­duced to hacker Thomas “Neo” An­der­son (Keanu Reeves) and learned of his ob­ses­sion to meet the mys­te­ri­ous Mor­pheus (Lau­rence Fish­burne). An­der­son’s even­tual en­counter with the man turned his world up­side down and gave movie au­di­ences a tech­nol­ogy-in­fused roller-coaster ride.

The film’s lat­est it­er­a­tion highlights an HDR mas­ter­ing ef­fort, su­per­vised by orig­i­nal cin­e­matog­ra­pher Bill Pope, that in­volved scan­ning the orig­i­nal neg­a­tive and adding color cor­rec­tion.

No­table ex­tras: The 4K disc con­tains four pre­vi­ously re­leased op­tional com­men­tary tracks in­clud­ing re­marks from cast and crew; a crit­ics track with Va­ri­ety’s Todd McCarthy, NPR’s John Pow­ers and cin­ema his­to­rian David Thom­son; a philoso­phers track with ac­tivist Cor­nel West and transper­sonal psy­chol­ogy ex­pert Ken Wil­ber; and a com­posers track with Don Davis.

Fury (Sony Pic­tures Home En­ter­tain­ment, rated R, 135 min­utes, 2.39:1 as­pect ra­tio, $26.49) Sur­viv­ing World War II in­side an M4 Sher­man tank came to bru­tal and claus­tro­pho­bic life in direc­tor David Ayer’s 2014 graphic drama, now avail­able in the ul­tra­high-def­i­ni­tion for­mat.

The emo­tional and of­ten hard-to-watch story de­liv­ers the hor­rors of bat­tle wit­nessed by tank com­man­der Don “War­daddy” Col­lier (Brad Pitt) and his griz­zled crew (por­trayed by Shia LaBeouf, Michael Pena, Jon Bern­thal and Lo­gan Ler­man). The bru­tal ac­tion plays out dur­ing the fi­nal days of the war as they push into Ger­many and meet stiff re­sis­tance.

The in­creased uptick in res­o­lu­tion dur­ing night scenes and the smoth­er­ing and smoky col­ors of the vi­o­lence un­leashed dur­ing bat­tle, com­bined with an im­mer­sive Dolby Atmos sound mix, make this re­lease highly rec­om­mended for the el­der war cin­ema con­nois­seur in the fam­ily.

No­table ex­tras: The 4K disc in­cludes a new col­lec­tion of fea­turettes (more than 90 min­utes in to­tal) spear­headed by the 46-minute-long Smith­so­nian Chan­nel doc­u­men­tary “Tanks of Fury” that mixes be­hind-the-scenes footage from the film and an in­for­ma­tive his­tory les­son on the use of tanks in World War II.

Die Hard (20th Cen­tury Fox Home En­ter­tain­ment, rated R, 132 min­utes, 2.39:1 as­pect ra­tio, $24.99) Direc­tor John McTier­nan’s 1988 ac­tion thriller that turned Bruce Wil­lis into a box office su­per­star re­turns with re­mas­tered 4K vis­ual pre­sen­ta­tion sure to cause dads to scream “yippee ki-yay.”

The story of New York City cop John McClane (Mr. Wil­lis) hop­ing to re­unite with his es­tranged fam­ily in Los An­ge­les dur­ing the hol­i­days turns into a life-and-death strug­gle after he stops by Nakatomi Plaza to visit his spouse. He finds that ter­ror­ists have taken over the build­ing (led by Alan Rick­man as Hans Gru­ber) look­ing for a big pay­out at any cost.

No­table ex­tras: The 4K disc of­fers three pre­vi­ously re­leased op­tional com­men­tary tracks. Also, use the in­cluded down­load code on the Movies Any­where cloud-based dig­i­tal ser­vice to find a se­lec­tion of vin­tage fea­turettes.

Sav­ing Private Ryan: Com­mem­o­ra­tive 20th An­niver­sary Edi­tion (Paramount Home En­ter­tain­ment, rated R, 169 min­utes, 1.85:1 as­pect ra­tio, $31.99) Direc­tor Steven Spiel­berg’s Academy Award-win­ning World War II drama from 1998 comes to dra­matic life with its lat­est it­er­a­tion mastered in ul­tra-high def­i­ni­tion.

The story of a group of griz­zled sol­diers (por­trayed by Tom Hanks, Tom Size­more, Barry Pep­per, Gio­vanni Ribisi and Vin Diesel, to name a few) sent on a mis­sion be­hind en­emy lines to find a para­trooper whose brothers have been killed in com­bat plays out over the D-Day in­va­sion and sub­se­quent Al­lies’ march to lib­er­ate France from the Nazis.

The Dolby Atmos sound­track im­mer­sion is star­tling, as bul­lets whiz by the viewer in the D-Day as­sault, and the amount of fire­power un­leashed may cause a mild case of shell shock for those last­ing through the credits.

No­table ex­tras: Best of the bunch, culled from the 1998 home video re­lease and in­cluded on ex­tra Blu-ray Disc, is a vin­tage 90-minute doc­u­men­tary hosted by Mr. Hanks about the com­bat cam­era­men (roughly 1,500 men) who shot the re­al­ity of World War II.

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