There’s nothing quite like relaxing in front of a great film or series on the TV. Except, if you don’t already have a 4K Ultra-HD TV, there is. 4K is an upgrade on Full HD, if you can believe such a thing is possible.
Full HD (otherwise known as 1080p) was the TV standard for a while. With 1920 pixels horizontally and 1080 pixels vertically there were around two million pixels visible per frame, which gave a fantastic picture. But 4K Ultra-HD TV offers viewers a whopping 400% increase in quality.
The picture is made up of 3840 x 2160 pixels. So, as you’d expect, with approximately four times as many pixels as a regular Full HD picture, the 4K specifications mean you are balancing on the cutting-edge of TV viewing experience.
There are some really brilliant 4K TV sets available, with a multitude of features across the choice. It’s probably wise to look into the particular specifications of the 4K TV sets which interest you, so that you can find the one that will give you exactly what you want.
But once you’ve got yourself kitted out good-style, what do you watch? There are many films available on 4K blu ray which are worth your time, but there are also other things worthy of attention. Let’s take a look at some of them here…
BREAKING BAD on a 4K Ultra-HD TV
Yes, Walter White and Jessie have cooked up something pretty special. The 4K version of iconic series Breaking Bad is available to watch on Netflix. So you can experience Walter’s descent to the dark side in frame-popping excellence, check out Gus Fring’s gruesome ‘face moment’ (yeah, you know the one) in gory detail, and mourn the demise of Hank with extra clarity. Breaking Bad was such a good looking series, but 4K takes the drama to a new dimension.
Watch it on: An LG 65UM7510PLA 65″ Ultra HD 4K Smart TV. Wherever you sit, the IPS 4K panel’s wide viewing angle keeps you enthralled with spectacular realism-displaying almost 100% colour accuracy, even from a 60-degree angle.
BLUE PLANET 2 on 4K TV
Everyone loves a bit of Attenborough, right? The second edition of the BBC’s incredible edutainment journey into our planet’s oceans was even more involving than the first. Now available to stream at Netflix in 4K, the series dives deep into stunning underwater footage, and it won’t be long before you’re swimming in new knowledge of our natural history.
Watch it on: An LG 49SM8500PLA 49″ Nano Cell 4K Ultra HD HDR10 Smart TV. Pure RGB colours are the key to realistic picture quality. NanoCell Technology applies nanoparticles that purify colours by filtering out dull colours and enhancing the purity of the RGB spectrum.
NARCOS and NARCOS: MEXICO in 4K
The Netflix original ‘true life’ story of the drugs cartels in southern America is must-watch TV. The Cali Cartel, the infamous Pablo Escobar and the Sinaloa story are all dealt with with stunning cinematography which will push your admiration of 4K to new highs. Okay so there are subtitles, but after a couple of scenes this won’t matter at all. You won’t be able to take your eyes off Narcos, and once your binge is over you’ll be desperate for your next fix.
Watch it on: The LG 65UM7400PLB 65″ 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV. A fast, accurate quad-core processor eliminates noise and creates more dynamic colour and contrast. Low-resolution images are up-scaled and reproduced at close to 4K quality images.
LIFE OF PI on 4K TV
Probably one of the most inventive and good-looking films to have graced cinemas in recent years is Ang Lee’s Life Of Pi. Based on Yann Martel’s bestselling novel, this is one of the best book-to-screen adaptations in years. The brilliant Irrfan Khan, one of the lead actors, sadly died earlier this year. Somehow that adds to the poignancy of this epic tall story of faith and spiritual fortune. Incredible CGI animals and realistic weather are rendered brilliantly – and enhanced by 4K. Who would have thought a CGI tiger could make you cry?
Watch it on: The Sharp LC-60UI9362K 60″ 4K HDR+ Smart TV. This powerful image optimization technology analyzes and enhances incoming video signals for accurate color reproduction, improved sharpness and reduced noise. The result is a crisp, yet natural picture.
STAR WARS – THE RISE OF SKYWALKER in 4K
Ok, 4K, show us what you’ve really got… Any film in the Star Wars franchise is going to be a visual feast, but can the latest benefit from watching on a 4K TV? Yes it can. The epic space battles look as thrilling as if you were there flying the Millennium Falcon yourself. And the usual cast of outlandishly designed alien characters is stunningly rendered.
All in all the final film in the Skywalker saga looks brilliant in 4K. But is the film itself any good, and what position does it rank in the Star Wars series? That’s down to your own individual choice. But whatever decision you come to, The Empire Strikes Back is better.
Watch it on: The LG 55SM9800PLA 55″ NanoCell Cinema HDR 4K Ultra HD LED TV. Expanding light, dark and every colour in between to extraordinary new levels, this model’s picture gets closer to real life. LG’s 4K Cinema HDR supports multiple HDR formats including Dolby Vision, Advanced HDR by Technicolor and HDR10 Pro.
APOLLO 11 on a 4K Ultra-HD TV
This is a stunning documentary about the 1969 moon landing. Crafted from a newly discovered cache of 65mm footage, and more than 11,000 hours of uncatalogued audio recordings, the NASA archive has taken one giant leap into the universe of 4K. Put simply, you will never see anything quite like this. Mankind pushing tech to its limits and teetering on the brink of greatness – and getting there. Well, if you believe they did, anyway. The story of Armstrong, Aldrin and Collins is well worth a couple of hours of your time.
Watch it on: An LG 75UM7110PLB 75″ Ultra HD 4K Smart TV. The slightest colour difference is accurately reflected to deliver sharper, richer, and more realistic colours.
Hopefully we’ve once again given you a few ideas of cool stuff you could watch on your 4K TV. We blogged quite recently about the epic 4K version of classic 1975 shark movie JAWS, and we reckon some of those we’ve listed here will be ‘up there’ amongst the greats in decades to come.