No Time to Die (2021) | 4K Blu-ray Review


A well-suited send off for Daniel Craig as he retires from his time as James Bond. The film itself has some impressive specs, but let’s see how that translates to the home premium format.


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No Time to Die, 4K Blu-ray cover art

Tech Specs:

Format(s):UltraHD/4K Blu-ray (BD-100)
Blu-ray (BD-50)
Digital code
Released By:MGM/Universal
Release Date:December 21st, 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 on 35mm and 65mm film)
High-Dynamic Range (HDR):Dolby Vision (FEL), HDR10
Aspect Ratio:2.39:1
Audio Format(s):English (4K/BR): Dolby Atmos/TrueHD 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)

Additional tracks also available in French and Spanish
Subtitles: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 A (locked)

Video Review

Bond has never looked quite as clear and sharp as we see on this UHD release. With the source being a mix of both 35mm and 65mm film, there are differences between the two. The IMAX filmed scenes (but please note they are presented cropped to keep a consistent aspect ratio) do look just a bit sharper than the remainder of the movie, but I would not call the difference between the two to be jarring or obvious through casual viewing. Both present fine skin textures, hair details and scenery with a tremendous amount of detail and refinement throughout. Textures on surfaces appear tactile and nuanced, and costume details present with all the smallest details coming through.

As noted, this was shot on film and does contain film grain. The grain is natural, organic and subtle through much of the film with little signs of noise reduction being applied.

The color grade and dynamic range are excellent with colors that are meant to pop, doing so, and natural colors remaining as such. Whites appear strong, bright, but still detailed, and dark shadows remain inky, but detailed throughout. Even in darker scenes, details on black elements remain present and with little crush. There is a great use of the Dolby Vision encode in the presentation of explosions, with them getting intensely bright, but without losing the detail of the fire.

The included Blu-ray is also quite good and owners of that disc should still be happy, but clearly the Ultra HD disc is the winner here, outclassing the 1080p counterpart on every front.

Video Score (4K): 4.8 / 5 (Reference)

Video Score (BR): 4.4 / 5 (Very Good)

Audio Review:

Both discs in this set include a Dolby Atmos mix. It’s a solid mix with strong, clean dialog, solid use of bed layer surround entails and some discrete moving objects in select scenes. It is not the most active mix I have heard this year, but it certainly adds to the movie experience. THe music is presented well, with solid envelopment, and robust impact.

On the bass front, we do have good use of solid bass tones in the music score, and some deep punchy LFE when appropriate, but its not going to be an earth shaking experience. It feels just a little bit underwhelming. I would not necessarily call in anemic sounding, but just short of where I would have expected the low frequency experience to take me.

Audio Score (4K/BR): 4.4 / 5 (Very Good)

Special Features and Packaging:

On the special features front, we do have a handful of featurettes on the 4K disc, and in this particular set that’s surprisingly where they are all located. Most of the features are in 4K, with the exception of the exclusive featurette diving into Daniel Craig’s career as Bond. Overall all of the features are enjoyable and definitely re-watchable, but I would have liked to have just a bit more.

For packaging ,on this standard issue release, we get a nicely embossed slipcover with matching artwork on the case. The discs are pretty basic with a black UHD disc with the stylized logo, and a standard issue Blu-ray disc on the interior. Overall, a decent standard issue release that likely could have gone just a bit further.

Features Score: 3.5 / 5 (Above Average)

Buy/Upgrade-worthiness:

If you are a Bond fan, you’ll definitely want this UHD disc in your collection. It’s definitely the highlight of the Daniel Craig films in terms of presentation and overall a great movie experience. If you did buy the Blu-ray, I would strongly recommend exchanging it or the UHD format, if you viewing experience is capable, or will be soon.


Buy/Upgrade Recommendation: YES!

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Summary and Overall Scores:

Overall, from an experience standpoint, this is an excellent release from Universal and MGM with fantastic visuals and a solid audio experience. While they could have gone further on the features  and packaging front, what we did get is enjoyable.

Experience Score**: 4.4 / 5  (Very Good)

** 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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