Lamb (2021) | 4K Blu-ray Review


An A24 Films exclusive release hits in the form of Lamb. Fans of the A24 style of films will have enjoyed this one, but it’s the first time hitting the physical media format. Let’s dive into it and see if this is a worthwhile pickup.


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Lamb 4K Blu-ray cover art

Tech Specs:

Format(s):UltraHD/4K Blu-ray (BD-100)
Released By:A24 Films
Release Date:January 25th, 2022
Video Format / Codec:4K: H.265 (HEVC)
Resolution:4K: Native* 4K, 2160/24p
Digital Intermediate (DI):4K* (from digital RAW)

*Unconfirmed
High-Dynamic Range (HDR):Dolby Vision (FEL), HDR10
Aspect Ratio:2.39:1
Audio Format(s):Icelandic (4K/BR):
DTS-HD MA 5.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
Subtitles:English, English SDH, Spanish
Packaging:Single-disc digitbook
Booklet
Region Coding:4K: Region-free

Video Review:

Coming via all digital capture, the picture on Lamb is clean and fairly well presented. While it does not rival the best out there on the format, it is certainly a solid looking picture. The visuals on screen range from capturing wide sprawling landscape shots to getting in tight with close ups and both come filled with detail. Landscape shots reveal details in grasses, dirt, water and in-flowing fog, shots of the eponymous lamb and other animals have a very natural and organic look to fur, and human faces are filled with well refined pores, creases, imperfections and more that all look really well detailed. That said, it does look like a minor layer of sharpening was applied, but I would say it is in no way egregious. There are a few scenes that do seem to drop down toward that of a good looking 2K disc, but on the whole the detail level in this film is high.

This disc comes with Dolby Vision on board to aid on both color and dynamic range presentation. The colors of the movie are fairly neutral and are purposeful in that aesthetic. As a result you should not expect eye-popping and saturated colors throughout. Instead you have a well balanced and graded presentation of colors in a very natural presentation. There are a few pops of color within, from Ada’s flower crown to the orange/red of the tractor which appropriately contrast with their surroundings. The overall presentation of the film is not overly bright, with much of the film being captured under interior light and overcast skies. On a properly tuned display the whites do push up toward white and shadows and blacks do dive down deep without loss of detail or visible crush. Overall it felt appropriate for the film.

There is no included standard Blu-ray which is typical of A24 releases, however if you are interested in that, they do sell one as a standalone in similar packaging.

Video Score (4K): 4.2 / 5 (Very Good)

Audio Review:

The disc comes with a well mixed 5.1 surround track that does a solid job in presenting the audioscape of the film. In this slow burning horror/drama the audio focus is mostly on the dialog and it’s well balanced, clean and clear. But that does not mean this soundtrack is restricted to your center channel. The surrounds do come alive with the sounds of wind, rustling and ambient effects that really do a nice job of dropping the listener into the environment. The bass is present and full, but this is not your bombastic action flick so you’re not likely to need to tame your subs. Overall I think the presentation was well done, upmixes well (if that is your preference) and serves the movies appropriately. A more modern Atmos of DTS:X mix likely would not have added much here.

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

Special Features and Packaging:

A24 did include some extras on the 4K disc, however the list and duration are certainly light. There’s less than a handful of brief short films, some deleted scenes and a VFX reel included. This movie seemed like a strong candidate for an audio commentary track, and unfortunately we did not receive one. We did get a nice printed booklet included which does show some behind the scenes photos, and a series of drawings and concept art for character design and development which was a nice addition to the set, but it just feels quite a bit lacking on depth for this type of release and definitely left me wanting more.

For packaging, we get some nice slipcover art, a digibook case with photos all around and nice feel to the set. The disc itself dons a pink color which does pair well with the case, but some art onboard would have also been nice. It’s certainly nowhere near the nice hard book we received for the Midsommar director’s cut release, but at least this one is a standard size.

Features Score: 3.0 / 5 (Average)

Buy/Upgrade-worthiness:

As with all recommendations, I first assume you like the film, or are at least a fan of A24 and are OK with a blind buy. If you are then this is definitely a nice package to pick up with solid visuals and a very good 5.1 mix. While the special features are a bit lacking, we at least got a few extras on the disc and the included book was certainly interesting to look through. So, it definitely feels worthwhile to pick up. But I will say that the visuals on the disc are not going to be a world’s difference from what I would expect from the Blu-ray. Is the 4K disc better? For sure. And if you want to own this movie, as of publication, both versions come in at the same price of $34 USD and exclusive to A24’s site, so why not get the higher quality one. If that changes then maybe so does this recommendation, but given the circumstances, it’s a worthwhile buy if you can swing the premium price for this niche release.


Buy/Upgrade Recommendation: Yes* (If you have the extra bucks)

If after checking out the review, you decide to pick it up, you can find it here*: Buy it here!

Summary and Overall Scores:

If you are a fan of this style of film, this is a nice way to experience it. It’s not going to make any demo lists, but it has a really nice picture, a solid audio mix and some interesting, although short list, of features. Overall I’m happy to add it to my collection and support A24’s efforts.

Experience Score**: 4.1 / 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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