Candyman (2021) | 4K Blu-ray Review


In theory a sequel of the 1992 film of the same name, this new release from Universal takes Jordan Peele and Nia DaCosta’s social commentary, blended with horror and gore. But let’s check out if the home release on 4K Blu-ray takes the right blend to make this a stunner in your home theater.


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Candyman, 4K Blu-ray cover art

Tech Specs:

Format(s):UltraHD/4K Blu-ray (BD-66)
Blu-ray (BD-50)
Digital code
Released By:Universal Pictures Home Entertainment
Release Date:November 16th, 2021
Video Format / Codec:4K: H.265 (HEVC)
BR: MPEG-4 (AVC)
Resolution:4K: Native 4K, 2160/24p
BR: Full HD, 1080/24p
Digital Intermediate (DI):4K (captured digitally)
High-Dynamic Range (HDR):HDR10
Aspect Ratio:2.39:1
Audio Format(s):4K/BR:
English: Dolby Atmos/TrueHD 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)

Additional tracks available in French (Canada) and Spanish
Subtitles:English, English SDH, French, Spanish
Packaging:Dual disc snapcase with slipcover*

*Slipcover may only be available on initial pressing
Region Coding:4K: Region-free
BR: Region-free

Video Review:

Candyman falls right in line with what we think of as modern digital reproduction. The movie was shot digitally on Arriflex cameras and the image quality definitely reflects that. There is a tremendous amount of detail on the screen, whether it be in normal skin textures, or makeup-modified skin textures, hair, costumes, art pieces, and more. They all seem to have an incredibly detailed, life-like appearance. Even the shadow puppet scenes look very organic, natural and detailed with the textures of the canvas on which the shadows are cast revealing individual fibers and tactile texture.

The movie is shot digitally and there was no digital grain added. There was a very subtle layer of digital noise, likely introduced upon compression, but it would not be visible to anyone other than a reviewer, or nit-picker (maybe those are the same people).

Color and dynamic range are presented using the wider color gamut and 10-bit color depth of HDR10. The movie itself is not meant to be overly saturated but the colors present in the pieces in the gallery, and in clothing do get a nice pop and more richness when they are on screen. The colors themselves are natural. The film does have a bit of a cooler tone, but the primaries remain appropriately natural. There are some very dark scenes in this film and the greater dynamic range is put to use to maintain more detail, while making blacks truly dark and inky. I did not observe any crushed blacks. On the other end of the range, whites are very white without being blown out and specular highlights are eye-squinting bright. 
This set does include a standard Blu-ray disc. It is also very well presented, with its only limitations being the technology at hand. Blacks are not quite as deep and whites not as bright, but overall it also looks excellent.

Video Score (4K): 4.7 / 5

Video Score (BR): 4.5 / 5

Audio Review:

Both the 4K and the standard Blu-rays share a demo-worthy Atmos track built on Dolby TrueHD 7.1. This movie makes excellent use of the format, introducing a level of immersion that enhances the experience of what is happening on screen. From a solid use of bed layer surround effects, overhead details making you look up at your ceiling and a incredible well-balanced and clear front-stage that keeps action focused and dialog clear and intelligible throughout. Throw in a great use of deep bass that not only provides a well-rounded soundstage, but also drives impact from musical score and the appropriately over-the-top chest pound of the gunshots in the climactic scene of the film. This is definitely one of those tracks that could easily show what immersive mixes can do for the horror genre.

Audio Score (4K/BR): 4.9 / 5

Special Features and Packaging:

This is a standard issue release from Universal and so my expectations for deep and involved extras were set appropriately low, but even still it felt a bit lacking. What was present in the trailers, reels and featurettes was good, including a nice alternate ending, but it all just felt a bit short with nothing of note exceeding 7 minutes, except the 20 minute featurette on the impact of Black horror (which is worth a watch). 

The packaging is also standard issue with basic art on the slipcover, case and discs and nothing much else. That said, it fits the film and meets expectations based on this type of release.

Features Score: 3.2 / 5

Buy/Upgrade-worthiness:

If you like this movie, the 4K is definitely worth adding to your collection. It has a great digitally clean image with impressive black levels, and paired with a demo-worthy Atmos mix. So if you don’t own it, I would absolutely recommend it for a fan. If you had picked up the BR, it’s also excellent. But if you are reading this still in your return window, it may make sense to make the switch. That said, this film is still pretty new to the market and overall prices are high. I don’t expect this to go out of print anytime soon, and with sales coming up, you might wait only because the possibility of saving s a few dollars is definitely real.


Buy/Upgrade Recommendation: YES!

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Summary and Overall Scores:

Universal put out a release with a stunning picture and a wonderfully immersive Atmos mix that should make it to any fan’s collection. It also comes with an excellent Blu-ray on board so for the few extra bucks than the standard 1080p release you are getting a lot to enjoy visually and sonically.

Experience Score**: 4.5 / 5  (Excellent)

** Experience score does not take into account the quality of the film itself, just the technical presentation, packaging and included features.

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