With Father’s Day just a week away, you need some tips right? I’ve recently dived into the world of a 4K UHD player and if your family already has one of those, or even lucky enough to have a PS5, then these two films are absolutely ideal for that new collection!
Available via Zavvi, who are also doing a rather handy 20% boxsets from their 4K UHD range for Father’s Day (use the code FD20) on the likes of The Lord of the Rings trilogy, Back to the Future trilogy plus two outstanding Kubrick and Nolan’s collections, today we’re taking a closer look at the scale and quality of 2014’s Godzilla and 1997’s epic The Fifth Element.
The Fifth Element 4K UHD
Directed by Luc Besson, who was also behind the masterpiece Leon, this film from 1997 really is unlike anything else around at the time, or even now! Starring Bruce Willis in his prime – and with hair! – this Science-Fiction cult classic really does the business in 4K. Set in 23rd century New York, with the Earth set to be destroyed by a ball of fire heading towards the planet, only Ian Holm‘s Cornelius knows how to stop it: with the ‘Fifth Element’, a supreme being who can unite all four elements (Air, Fire, Water and Earth) to stop the apocalypse.
Without giving away spoilers, especially if you’ve not seen it over those years, Holm’s Cornelius needs a little help from Korben Dallas (Willis) a taxi driver and former secret agent, and the unique Leeloo (Milla Jovovich), an alien in the shape of a beautiful, orange haired woman, who set off on a myriad of adventures in an attempt to save humanity and fight the horrendous Zorg (Gary Oldman) – who gives another iconic performance!
This is one of those films that deserves the 4K upgrade to show off all the craziness, that also includes appearances from trip-hop legend Tricky, comedian and actor Chris Tucker, Brit comedy legend Lee Evans and even the late Luke Perry! MUL-TI-PASS!
Godzilla 4K UHD
2014’s Godzilla, from director Gareth Edwards (the man behind Rogue One and Monsters), is hugely underrated and a unique monster movie that finds the bridge between full-scale, epic action and a genuine human story at the centre. Because of the sheer scale of Godzilla himself, this is a perfect film for 4K and comes across sharp and exciting as the day I first saw it.
Not only is this inventive and human, there’s also an all-star cast that includes Bryan Cranston, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, Juliette Binoche and David Strathairn. Quite impressive, I’m sure you’ll agree!
The story follows the re-emergance of Godzilla after a devastating event is covered up as a natural disaster, and nuclear physicist Joe Brody (Cranston) realises something much more sinister is to blame. Scientists Dr. Ichiro Serizawa (Watanabe) and Dr. Vivienne Graham (Hawkins) reveal that in 1954 (Of course, inspired by Japanese studio Toho) a powerful monster was awakened. While they believed nuclear tests that were carried out in the Pacific Ocean had destroyed it, he returns after MUTO’s (Massive Unidentified Terrestrial Organism) threatened the very existence of San Francisco and all of us beyond there.
With the US Armed Forces, including Joe’s son Navy Lieutenant Ford Brody (Taylor-Johnson), called into action, humanity fights for its survival but is Godzilla really the threat to humanity, or will he be the one that helps save us? I love this film!