Stranger Things 2 Is Downright Stunning On Netflix In 4K With Dolby Vision HDR
Stephan Jukic – October 29, 2017
After some huge anticipation from fans of the first season worldwide, “Stranger Things 2” finally got its official Netflix release on October 27th, 2017 and neither visually or plot-wise, the sequel to the first season of “Stranger Things” does not at all disappoint if viewed with the whole package of 4K resolution and HDR that it’s available in via Netflix. Most impressive specifically though is the Dolby Vision HDR mastering that the series has been given, which can be enjoyed by those of you who are fortunate enough to own a 4K HDR TV with support for the particularly advanced HDR standard.
Fans of the first season series and those curious about what all the fuss is about with this wonderfully atmospheric new show have a lot to look forward to in the visual value of the new season even if they appreciate nothing else about it. While the distinctly nostalgic atmosphere of “Stranger Things and “Stranger Things 2” does a fine job of conveying an air of mystery that’s highly reminiscent of classic 80’s movies like “E.T The Extraterrestrial”, “Goonies” and other cult classic of fantasy adventure fiction cinema, the effect might not be to everyone’s taste. However, even if this isn’t the case, owners of Dolby Vision 4K HDR TVs can appreciate just how much the visual format does to make 4K content look stunning at a whole new level, and this particular show’s special effects are a particularly good fit for seeing Dolby at work.
The High Dynamic Range colors of the visuals in the new season are simply stunning to behold, with much more range of tones and sheer vibrancy that doesn’t slip into oversaturated ugliness. The richer colors do quite the opposite in fact, they give everything a much more natural appearance that you probably didn’t even notice was missing in the first season’s episodes. It only becomes so beautifully visible once you actually see the difference that scene-by-scene Dolby Vision mastering makes. These vibrant, rich color levels and their accompanying deep contrast variations become particularly notable during some of the show’s most fantastic scenes, especially when the “Upside Down” is shown in all its dark tones of grey, black and blue, along with splashes of other rich, almost emotion-provoking colors in the scenery. In essence, if you only saw Stranger Things Season 1 in regular SDR, Season 2 will blow you away with its visuals if you can enjoy it on a Dolby Vision 4K HDR TV.
As for the storyline and entertainment value of the new season itself, well we don’t want to reveal any spoilers at all. Thus, let’s just say that “Stranger Things 2” manages to walk a fine line between introducing some very new plot elements and storylines without ruining the powerful atmospheric style of the first season. Stranger Things may or may not be quite as good as season 1 was (this is a bit hard to measure) but it’s definitely not a failure as a sequel.
Those of you who are unsure if your 4K TV supports HDR at all can simply activate your Netflix app and enter your account (or subscribe to Netflix in just minutes or even seconds if you don’t have an account already) and look up “Stranger Things 2” from among the available content options. If you’re doing this in an HDR 4K TV, Netflix itself will display the movie as being available in HDR. 4K TVs with no HDR display technology of any kind will only show the series as “Ultra HD”. It’s also worth noting that the 4K UHD/HDR subscription package on Netflix is their priciest option, costing $13.99 per month and offering the additional benefit of simultaneous viewing on up to 4 displays at the same time. Netflix also offers a basic subscription plan with SD streaming and viewing on 2 displays and a second intermediate plan with 1080p streaming on 2 displays as well. Netiher are worth going for if you do own a 4K HDR TV, trust us on this. The difference in visual quality is worth the extra few bucks, as long as your internet is up to par with a download speed of 20Mbps or more.
Owners of 4K HDR TVs which only support HDR10, which is a less vibrant high dynamic range standard, will still automatically get a serious punch of visual beauty from the new show with its default HDR10 mastering (assuming they too have a 4K HDR Netflix subscription) but we have to say that the Dolby Vision option is the better version of Stranger Things 2 for those who can experience it.
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