What are the best 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray movies you can buy right now? We round-up our favourite comedy, action, kids, sci-fi and fantasy films that you can pick up on a 4K Blu-ray disc in 2018, including some 4K HDR films for those with posh TVs.
The future of high-quality home cinema is here for certain, thanks to the growth of 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. Sure you can already stream 4K content on Netflix, Amazon Video and YouTube, but the humble disc still crams in loads more data for a better quality home movie experience. And who doesn’t enjoy having a physical film library, collecting the latest blockbusters and proudly displaying them on a shelf next to your massive 4K telly?
These days getting your hands on a 4K HDR Blu-ray player thankfully isn’t a problem. For just £250 you can pick up the Xbox One S, giving you a home console as well as a 4K and HDR-capable Blu-ray machine. Check out our guide to the best 4K Blu-ray players that you can buy in the UK for more ideas.
Here’s our pick of the best Ultra HD Blu-ray titles, which give you supremely sharp 4K visuals along with the high contrast range and rich colours of HDR (in many cases). Prices vary between £15 and £30 and we’ve arranged our flick picks according to movie genre, such as action, sci-fi and kids.
Want to know more about enjoying 4K movies and shows at home? Check out our guides below.
Best 4K Blu-ray movies: Action
If you’re an action junkie, then there’s no better way to witness those explosions and gunfights than in glorious 4K HDR. Here’s our pick of the best Ultra HD action movies you can pick up right now.
Kong Skull Island
We let out a little groan when we heard another Kong movie was inbound, yet Skull Island turned out to be an enjoyable enough action movie if you leave your brain at home.
While certainly not bringing anything new to the monster movie genre, this familiar romp through Kong’s homeland certainly boasts impressive visuals, dramatic action scenes and a star-studded cast. Watch with friends and beers in close proximity and you can get quite a decent drinking game on the go, placing bets on when the various characters (many of whom are your typical action cliches) will get theirs. Not that we condone alcohol consumption, of course. You can also substitute with fizzy pop if desired.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice Ultimate Edition
Comic book fans really need to own this movie on Ultra HD Blu-ray, as the impressive visuals are one of the best bits. Director Zack Snyder can certainly frame a scene, so there’s plenty of gorgeous shots to enjoy, as well as big action battles and – in this Ultimate Edition – some parts that were slashed from the cinema release, which most likely contributed to less-than-worthy reviews.
Although Wonder Woman is the superior film, this is still a solid entry into the Blu-ray library of any action fan.
Mad Max: Fury Road
If you’ve not seen Fury Road yet because you dismissed it as just another remake, think again. The Mad Max reboot is simply stunning; each scene was hand-drawn before they committed anything to film, so prepare to be visually blown away. Action is stunt-heavy with minimal CGI, which means you really feel every crunch and smash – and that’s an awful lot of crunching and smashing.
If ever a movie was made for 4K and HDR, this is it.
As the highest-grossing R-rated film of all time and an all round fan-friendly LOL-fest, Deadpool is a must on UHD Blu-ray. The fact that all of those gory and intricately detailed action scenes look even better in 4K and HDR is just a bonus. Get ready for the upcoming sequel by enjoying ‘Pool’s first big-screen outing again and again.
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Based on a brilliant comic by the absolute genius that is Mark Millar, this film manages to transpose a lot of that graphic novel greatness onto the screen.
In this 4K HDR version, Kingsman’s slickly directed and beautifully choreographed action scenes look absolutely fantastic, with a perfect frame rate making it the ultimate way to enjoy this movie. Big action, shocking plot twists and comic book villainous fun-filled entertainment. Stay tuned for the sequel, which will be released on Blu-ray very soon indeed.
The Bourne Identity/Ultimatum/Supremacy
Price: £15 each
The last two Bourne films may have been slightly disappointing, but you can’t beat the original trilogy when it comes to thrilling hand-to-hand combat, intense car chases and clever spy thriller shenanigans. These movies proved that Matt Damon is as good at action as anyone, and in these 4K Blu-ray re-releases you have a whole new reason to enjoy the series from the twisty beginnings.
Best 4K Blu-ray movies: Sci-fi and Fantasy
If 4K visuals were invented for any reason, it was seeing the vast black expanse of space in Ultra HD. Well, perhaps with a few sprawling spacecraft thrown in to break up all of that nothingness.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
The Guardians are back for another darkly comic adventure through space. This time around, Peter Quill discovers the truth about his past with the sudden arrival of his father, Ego. Although Volume Two isn’t quite as fast-paced as the original, there are plenty of belly laughs and spectacular effects to keep you hooked. Drax gets all of the best lines too, and his scenes with Mantis are worth the asking price alone.
Of course, as this is an Ultra HD copy, you can expect those spectacular effects to look just as amazing on your telly as they did on the big screen.
Blade Runner 2049
Long-term fans of the original Blade Runner were understandably cautious about this Denis Villeneuve-helmed sequel, released 35 years after Ridley Scott’s sci-fi noir masterpiece hit cinemas. However, Blade Runner 2049 is one of the smartest and most gripping films we’ve seen in recent times.
Ryan Gosling is perfectly cast as a Replicant Runner, who is drawn into the hunt for Rick Deckard. As the mystery unfolds, Gosling begins to question his very existence – and the twist-filled plot will keep you hooked. Best of all, those stunning and memorable visuals look absolutely amazing in Ultra HD. Making this one of the most essential 4K Blu-ray purchases right now.
Check out our full review of Blade Runner 2049 on 4K Blu-ray.
Blade Runner: The Final Cut
With the release of Blade Runner 2049, now is the perfect time to see Ridley Scott’s original classic movie. Now remastered with gorgeous 4K HDR visuals, making those iconic visuals even more spectacular.
In the now not-so-distant future, Harrison Ford is a retired hunter drawn back into the chase when a group of replicants go on a murderous rampage. If you haven’t already seen this style-soaked noir-style thriller, you’re in for a treat. The Final Cut is the only way to watch this masterpiece, and this Ultra HD re-release will keep your eyes glued to the screen.
You get an Ultraviolet digitial download with your purchase to enjoy wherever you roam, although frankly the best experience is definitely at home on a massive 4K telly, with a proper surround sound setup.
Star Trek Beyond
The second Star Trek movie might have split audiences, but fans old and new mostly agree that Simon Pegg’s script for Beyond is a big improvement. Packed full of tense moments and chuckles, the third Star Trek film since the big reboot is engaging from start to finish. It’s the interactions between the main cast that really entertains however, including plenty of Bones’ dry wit to go around.
Plus, you know, Beastie Boys blasting in space. What’s not to love.
The Martian – Extended Edition
The Martian is Ridley Scott’s best movie in a while and based on the popular book of the same name, following the plight of a hapless astronaut who finds himself stranded on Mars alone. Despite the rather grim situation, The Martian’s script offers plenty of chuckles, as well as hand-over mouth moments of extreme tension. And it’s mostly based on real science, so it counts as educational, right?
Bryan Singer’s X-Men continue to fight for survival in this latest installment of the movie series, starring James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence. Huge super-powered battles on an epic scale take full advantage of that extra 4K resolution and wide range of colours afforded by HDR.
The beauty of outer space really needs to be shown off in 4K and HDR, which makes this Ultra HD Blu-ray release an ideal way to enjoy Ender’s Game. This Harrison Ford sci-fi is a good bit of fun, with plenty of action and drama to keep the whole family entertained.
Labyrinth 30th Anniversary
This fantasy classic has been remastered in glorious 4K detail, to really bring all of Jim Henson’s brilliant puppets to life. Starring David Bowie and Jennifer Connolly, this eighties classic gets a new lease of life in a gorgeous 30th Anniversary release.
Best 4K Blu-ray movies: Horror
What can be more terrifying than seeing a close-up of a rotting zombie eating someone’s face in 4K resolution? Probably 4K porn if we’re being completely honest, but all the same, here’s the best horror movies you can buy on Ultra HD Blu-ray right now.
David Lynch’s melon-mashing black-and-white horror flick is out now on 4K, with a full digital restoration courtesy of the director himself. We won’t even begin to try and explain the plot, just go and check it out for yourself.
Although some of the supposedly futuristic tech has aged about as well as your uncle Dave, Alien can still pump pure terror through the heart of the most hardened horror fan. The doomed Nostromo is the perfect hiding place for one of horror’s most recognisable and terrifying monsters, with dripping, darkened corridors and claustrophobic vents all over the shop. And in 4K, those future-retro visuals look even better.
The Devil’s Backbone
Not many people do sinister visuals and sizzling tension better than Guillermo del Toro, and Devil’s Backbone is his best horror movie to date – although Pan’s Labyrinth is a very close second. Del Toro helped to produce this Blu-ray remastered version, so the movie now looks better than ever.
Best 4K Blu-ray movies: Comedy
Although comedy doesn’t require Ultra HD visuals to be funny, you might as well make the most of that expensive telly by kicking back with a 4K comedy flick. Here’s our choice of the best 4K comedy Blu-rays you can buy right now.
The Lego Movie
Alright, The Lego Movie is just an animated kids flick, right? So why would you need to watch it with high quality 4K visuals? Well, just wait until you’ve seen all those beautifully rich colours in HDR before you make that judgement. Plus The Lego Movie remains one of the most charming and funniest comedies of the past decade, standing up impressively well to repeat viewings.
The Lego Batman Movie
Yeah, we kind of like the Lego movies. Lego Batman stars the brilliant Will Arnett (or at least, his vocal chords) as the titular caped crusader goes up against some of the franchise’s most famous nemesis characters, all with glorious 4K blocky visuals. You’ll have to watch it multiple times to catch all of the quick-fire jokes, which more than justifies a purchase on Blu-ray.
Yep, the classic original Ghostbusters movie has been remastered in glorious 4K. Imagine Slimer and the giant Stay Puft Marshmallow man in Ultra HD resolution. Lets face it, it’s worth buying this Blu-ray just for another chance to see Bill Murray’s epic deadpan delivery of ‘it’s true, this man has no penis’ one more time.
Okay, so this isn’t the movie that Ultra HD was made for, but the colourful animation of Greg Tieman’s vulgar comedy flick certainly looks great in 4K. Seth Rogen and his pals lend their voices to the food-based cast, dropping all of the F-bombs and explicit nastiness that you certainly wouldn’t get in a Disney movie.
Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates
From the writers of Bad Neighbours comes yet another comedy starring Zac Effron, alongside Silicon Valley’s Kumail Nanjiani. Sure this film isn’t going to win any awards for imaginative titles, but it’s worth a few chucks. Set in Hawaii, those stunning landscapes look bloody marvellous in 4K.
Best 4K Blu-ray movies: Crime and drama
Thanks to those super-sharp visuals provided by 4K Blu-ray discs, you can read every troubled emotion that crosses the extremely high-definition faces of your favourite actors and actresses in these awesome drama movies.
Sphincters were tightly clenched all-round as we waited for the second Trainspotting movie to emerge in cinemas. Could Danny Boyle possibly do justice to Irvine Welsh’s characters a second time, so long after the first film?
Thankfully the answer was a definitive yes (or ‘f*ck, aye’ as Begbie might say). T2 stands up to repeated viewings for sure, and this 4K Blu-ray release offers some a stark view of the hopeless world of Rents and pals as they come together in middle-age. As hilarious as it is heartbreaking, T2 is an essential watch.
La La Land
Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling are the actress and jazz musician who find themselves unwittingly thrust together as they pursue their dreams. If you’re after interesting visuals, a smattering of musical numbers and some pretty awesome choreography, La La Land will definitely do the job, despite its uneven finish. The vibrant colours really stand out on 4K Blu-ray, so this is the definitive way to enjoy the film.
As tests of visual tech go, this film is a perfect example. Massive, stunning shots of relentless blizzards and dangerous landscapes push 4K and HDR to the limit here. The Revenant is not only a great film and the reason Leonardo DiCaprio finally won his first Oscar for Best Actor, but it also looks ideal on Ultra HD Blu-ray.
Somehow the Rocky film franchise is still churning out great movies after all those decades and Creed is one of the best yet. The story sees our aged champion boxer Rocky training the son of his former opponent and friend Apollo Creed. You’ll see every glistening drop of sweat and blood in glorious 4K and HDR detail, while the immersive drama will hook you in too.
This true story tells the tale of a doctor who spotted a new type of brain damage occurring in the American Football league. He then had to fight not only to bring this to light, but to stay alive while doing it. Brilliantly acted by Will Smith and with some great expansive 4K stadium shots that are like eye candy for sports fans.
Surely this epic gangster film needs no introduction. Scorsese may have won an Oscar for the also-great The Departed, but that was simply a ‘whoops, our bad’ prize for overlooking this gripping, tense and emotionally draining masterpiece. You can pick up Goodfellas in glorious 4K Blu-ray right now, to enjoy it all over again with gorgeous visuals.
Best 4K Blu-ray movies: Kids
Back in the day, all we had was a low-res boob tube to enjoy crackly cartoons on. Now, kids are spoiled with 4K HDR animated movies on Blu-ray. Little sods.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Magizoologist Newt Scamander, played by Eddie Redmayne, has a rather interesting job. His efforts researching and helping out hapless magical creatures takes a sudden turn when some of his menagerie is let loose on the normal ‘Muggle’ world. As you’d expect, lots of eye-candy is the result, with fantastic special effects and plenty of gags to keep the little ones amused.
The insanely bright visuals of Trolls, not to mention the bright and breezy pop soundtrack, are a winner when it comes to entertaining kids. You’ll probably find yourself humming the catchy tunes for weeks afterwards, while the fluffy plot is simple enough for even very young viewers to understand. A guaranteed repeat viewing in any family household.
Secret Life of Pets
Secret Life of Pets is solid entertainment for younger viewers, thanks to the colourful cast of animals and their ‘wacky’ antics. A pampered terrier protagonist finds himself in sudden rivalry with another (much bigger) dog for his owner’s affections, which leads to all kinds of over-the-top city-wide chases and predicaments. Let’s face it, you don’t watch these things for the story. You watch to keep your little tyrants quiet for a couple of hours. And on that front, the gorgeous 4K visuals of this Blu-ray certainly deliver.
Angry Birds Movie
A movie that features the word ‘Movie’ in the title usually sends alarm bells ringing, unless it’s The Simpsons Movie or The Lego Movie, as does a film based on a popular mobile game. And while the Angry Birds Movie isn’t going to win any Emmys, it’s a colourful bit of fun that looks pretty damn great in 4K. Not to mention, it should keep the kids entertained for just over an hour. Worth its weight in gold, then.
Ice Age: Collision Course
We’ve lost count of how many Ice Age movies have been released in the past fifteen years, but the cast still has it, with Sid and the gang conjuring up plenty of chuckles from younger audiences. Scrat is even more adorable in 4K too, where you can see every twitching whisker as he slams down canyons and the rest.
The Peanuts Movie
As lifelong Charlie Brown and Snoopy fans, we were delighted when this loving tribute appeared in cinemas. Now you can own The Peanuts Movie as a 4K UHD Blu-ray, where those funky cut-out visuals really shine.