It’s been a couple of weeks – almost three! – since our last round-up of brilliant stuff to watch on your Full HD TV or 4K Ultra-HD TV. These posts always prove popular – everyone likes a list of potential perfect viewing for an evening of chilling at home, don’t they?
So, you know the drill. We’ll talk a bit about some great TV and suggest a brilliant new set you could buy to watch it on. This time round we’re going to focus on stuff which is a little bit more ‘creepy’ than usual.
First, a quick reminder of what exactly full HD and 4K Ultra-HD TV are… Full HD has 1920 pixels horizontally and 1080 pixels vertically, so there were around two million pixels visible per frame. But 4K Ultra-HD TV offers viewers a brilliant 400% increase in quality because the picture is made up of 3840 x 2160 pixels. With around four times as many pixels as a Full HD picture, 4K specifications are just about the cutting-edge of commercially available TV sets. But, of course, Full HD is still more than enough for many.
Simple, eh? Well okay then… Let’s go!
MR MERCEDES on a 4K TV
Based on Stephen King’s 2014 book, the TV adaptation is spread over three series and stars the brilliant Brendan Gleeson as a recently retired policeman on the verge of falling apart and haunted by an unsolved case. As you would expect from King, it’s pulpy but highly imaginative – though it’s probably down to Gleeson’s great charm that there is heart in the show, as detective Bill Hodges pulls himself together. Plenty of bad language and cantankerous Irish quirk add depth and quality to a creepy killer story. It looks fantastic, too – some beautiful details are picked out in HD.
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.
ROOM 237 – 4K Ultra-HD TV scares!
This 2012 documentary about the meaning of Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film The Shining (again, based on a Stephen King novel) takes an interesting look at theories on what it is ‘actually’ about. One idea is that it sees Kubrick processing his thoughts on the holocaust… If you love The Shining and are a student of writing or film, or whether you’re an amateur psychologist or theorist, Room 237 might be just the thought-provoking thing for you!
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.
THE EXORCIST – terror upscaled to 4K
The Exorcist. Wow. An absolute classic. It’s difficult to believe that we’re coming up to fifty years since this film was originally released. Straight from one of Hollywood’s golden eras (think The Godfather, think The French Connection, think Jaws), The Exorcist is the tale of the salvation of a possessed nine-year old girl. But peel away that layer and the film is very thoughtful, with a deeper meaning about the questioning of faith. Some of the special effects were highly inventive (though rudimentary by current standards), and the cinematography is outstanding.
Bear in mind that The Exorcist wasn’t filmed in HD or 4K, but fresh prints at those resolutions have been struck from the original negative (or whatever) to take advantage of the resolution increase available these days, and the film is a masterpiece of disturbing storytelling which has been upgraded to remain brilliant five decades on!
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 upscaled and reproduced at close to 4K quality images.
THE FALL on a 4K UHD TV
Again spread over three series, The Fall is set in Belfast and follows police efforts to catch a sexually perverse serial killer. Clever and nuanced performances from Jamie Dornan (a revelation) and Gillian Anderson (expectedly great) are at the centre of this gripping slow-burn chiller. Setting a slightly disturbed atmosphere, and then maintaining that tone for seventeen episodes, was a triumph by everyone concerned in the show’s production.
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.
You need 4K for YOU
This American series is a briskly-paced, highly-stylised and occasionally darkly comic stalker story gone wrong. The central character is a charming and quietly spoken book-store owner whose life seemingly spirals out of control. You looks good and is beautifully put together. It’s a highly enjoyable series to watch – though when you get past the attractive visuals and are reminded of the unsettling subject matter you’re kind of creeped out… Guess that’s the point!
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.
So that’s that. Our latest round-up of suggestions for great things you could watch on your Full HD or 4K Ultra-HD TV is done and dusted. There’ll be another one along in a couple of weeks, in the meantime we reckon some of the things we’ve listed here will keep you engrossed!
Remember, to see your TV and movie favourites in 4K, you need a 4K TV and a disc player which can handle 4K discs. Check out Ebuyer’s range of brilliant TV gear here. Happy viewing!