10 things you’ll notice on a 4K UHD TV
By Michael on 16th Oct, 2017
Filmmakers have been planting inside jokes and giveaways into films for years – but they’re notoriously hard to spot. By lighting up your TV picture with HDR10 and improving the clarity with 4K UHD resolution, you’ll be able to amazed at the messages you find hidden in your favourite films.
Directors often plant hidden messages in their movies for viewers to hunt down, affectionately termed Easter eggs. These are often concealed in the background of images or only shown for a flash, and can be quite difficult to spot.
But when you’re watching on a 4K UHD HDR TV, you’re much more likely to pick out these playful touches – and it feels like being on the inside of a joke when you do. The 4K UHD resolution gives shots an additional level of clarity, while HDR 1500+ allow you to see into the darkest and brightest corners of a scene. As most HDR movies are mastered at a brightness level of 1,000 nits** or higher, you’ll be able to watch films at the quality they’re meant to be seen in. And with a huge number of HDR films now available, you’ll get to see all your favourite movies in a new light.
When buying a new 4K UHD TV, look out for the Ultra HD Premium certification. That’s the seal of approval from the film and entertainment industry that it’s one of the best 4K UHD TVs available.
Try watching these 10 famous movies on a Certified Ultra HD Premium 4K UHD TV – and look out for these deftly hidden Easter eggs.
1. I am Legend (2007)
Easter eggs often throw back to older movies, but sometimes they can even predict the future. As Will Smith’s character wanders through the broken remains of Times Square, he passes a large, dreary billboard with the dark sign of the Bat intertwined with a worn red Superman symbol – defining colours made all the more bold on a Certified Ultra HD Premium TV. This is a reference to Batman v Superman, a film that would be produced almost a decade later. It wasn’t quite fortune telling in action here though – Akiva Goldsman, producer and writer of I am Legend, actually wrote a draft of the film before it got dropped, to be later picked up by Zack Snyder.
2. Iron Man (2008)
Inventor Tony Stark is surrounded by constructions in his workshop in Iron Man, which is available in 4K UHD HDR. And if you’re watching on a TV with 100% colour volume, you’re much more likely to spot the bright iconic combination of red, white and blue with stars and stripes. Look again and you’ll realise it’s the recognisable shield of fellow Marvel superhero, Captain America.
3. Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
They may belong in a galaxy far, far away, but that doesn’t stop everyone’s favourite Star Wars droids R2-D2 and C-3PO making an appearance in the first instalment of the Indiana Jones franchise. As the creator of both films, George Lucas couldn’t resist including some hieroglyphs of the pair in an ancient cave – though they’ll be tricky to spot without the clarity of a Certified Ultra HD Premium 4K UHD TV!
4. Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
One cameo wasn’t enough for the fame-hungry R2D2 – but even with HDR levels lighting up your favourite films, you’ll have to pay attention for this one. The iconic droid also appears in Star Trek into Darkness, floating in debris as the USS Enterprise passes the planet Vulcan. Some put the sighting down as a rogue shuttle – but the playful nod to StarTrek’s fellow space opera series was confirmed by an employee of Industrial Light and Magic.
5. Independence Day (1996)
The last Star Wars reference on this list comes in the form of a slightly bigger intergalactic figure. On the computer monitor in the SETI office in Independence Day there’s a diagram of Deep Space Satellite Devlin–which has the undeniable shape of the Death Star. With the clarity of 4KUHD resolution, you can even spot the distinctive solar arrays.
6. Watchmen (2009)
Superhero films are often full of dark, moody scenes – and Watchmen is no different. Viewing the cult film, available in 4K UHD HDR, in over 1,000 nits of brightness will expose a few to the caped crusader himself, Batman. Old-school posters plaster the dingy Gotham Opera House wall of the opening scene. If you pick out the name of the production showing nearby, you’ll see it reads ‘Fledermaus’ by Johann Strauss, the title of which is German for ‘The Bat’. As for the startled looking couple in the corner of the scene – that’s Mr and Mrs Wayne on their way home from the theatre.
7. Kill Bill Vol.1 (2003)
While The Bride’s name is bleeped throughout the first instalment of Kill Bill, it actually appears extremely early on in the film. If you look carefully at The Bride’s boarding pass, you can see it printed against a faded red background, a sighting that’s difficult to spot without the sharp contrast of HDR. This Easter egg is one for the pause button though – and with the level of detail in every scene of this film, you’ll want to watch this one over and over again.
8. The Jungle Book (2016)
The incredible live action remake of The Jungle Book is full of dark scenes that conjure up the magic and mystery of the dense rain forest. Fortunately, a 4K UHD TV’s with high HDR levels shed some light on things – and you might spot two well-known animals making their very own cameo. Stood close together are a warthog and meer kat – a clear nod towards beloved Disney duo Timon and Pumbaa.
9. WALL-E (2008)
WALL-E is a true feat of artistry, so watching this animated hit in full HDR with at least 1000 nits of brightness will have you admiring the stunningly detailed frames for hours. While our protagonist might be lefton his own to clean up Earth, you can still see some recognisable characters around him. In his truck, to the left of EVE’s head, is wisecracking piggybank Hamm from Toy Story, gathering dust on a shelf.
10. Monty Python's Life of Brian (1979)
As Beatlemania took over the world, the band’s lead guitarist George Harrison was also part of a dedicated fan base himself – he loved the Monty Python films. So when the Life of Brian was in danger of being cut before filming even began, the Pythons sought out a little help from their friend. The Beatle created a $4 million film company so it could be produced – a move later dubbed as ‘the world’s most expensive cinema ticket’. As thanks, he was granted a minor role in the film as one of the bearded men waiting to be healed – see if you can spot his appearance when you watch it on a 4K UHD TV.
With a huge amount of 4K Certified Ultra HD Premium movies with HDR available today, it’s time to re-watch all of your favourites and see what you can spot. Match this with a 4K Certified Ultra HD Premium Blu-ray player to get the ultimate in Easter egg spotting picture quality.
*HDR = High Dynamic Range, which provides improved contrast and brightness levels and an more vivid colour palette. HDR 1500 and HDR 2000 are the top tier levels and can be found on the latest Samsung QLED TVs.
**Nits is the standard industry measurement of brightness intensity.
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