The Best Films to Watch on a 4K TV

There can be nothing better than kicking back with a bucket of popcorn and enjoying a great movie from the comfort of your living room!

Whether you’re a fan of action adventures or romantic tearjerkers, the increasing abundance of online streaming services and smart TVs has probably got something for you. 

Being in the comfort of your own home does not mean you have to sacrifice quality visuals! Ultra high definition and 4K televisions are becoming more popular and widely available. It is now more possible than ever to achieve the very best visuals and audio from home.

For more guidance on what 4K is and how it could enhance your viewing experience, check out our guide to high definition television. 

Here, we take a look at some of the best movies to watch on a 4K TV to help take your home cinema experience to the next level! 

Arrival (2016)

This one’s for fans of aliens, mystery and stunning visuals! This science fiction film will leave you thinking about language, metaphor and connection for days.

The film follows a linguistics expert, played by Amy Adams, who must learn to communicate with a group of mysterious aliens who have suddenly arrived on Earth.

With its melancholy colour pallet and exploration of language’s role in reality, Arrival is a bit of a slow burn, but it’s worth it in the end!

Deadpool (2016)

In the wave of traditional superhero movies, this film is a breath of fresh air. Prepare yourself, because the visuals on this one can get a little intense!

The action-comedy centres around Wade Wilson, whose life is transformed after a twisted scientist’s experiments leave him with whole-body scars and supernatural powers. We follow Wade on his quest to get revenge on his scientist nemesis; the journey is perfectly paced and hilarious.

As far as superhero movies go, this is a pretty unconventional one. With brilliantly-choreographed stunts and a catchy soundtrack, you won’t want to miss out on Deadpool!

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The Martian (2015)

No aliens in this one, but that’s hardly to its detriment! This movie is intense in the best possible way.

Astronaut Mark Watney is abandoned on Mars after his crew presume that he has died in a storm. He must use what’s at hand to survive on the planet while those back on Earth plan for his rescue.

His laidback attitude makes for a comical watching experience, and you just can’t help but cheer for him.

Wonder Woman (2017)

We’ve already had a (sort of) superhero movie on this list, but female superheroes are few and far between. Wonder Women is a wonderful movie in its own right. 

Set in the First World War, the action follows Diana, princess of an all-female race of Amazonians, as she ventures into the world to stop the god Ares from masterminding the war. 

The beautiful period costumes and sets alone are worth watching!

This is another film with an awesome soundtrack. To get the most out of amazing movie soundtracks, it might be worth considering looking into sound systems. For more help in this department, check out our beginner’s guide to surround sound.

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1917 (2019)

For a more recent recommendation, we’ve chosen 1917. This stunning historical film also set in the First World War follows two young British soldiers tasked with the mission of delivering a message over enemy territory. 

1917 is unique in that you view it as one unbroken shot. You move through scenes with the characters without any cuts to black. To really do this technological feat justice, it is worth watching in 4K with high resolution. 

If you’re up for an incredibly immersive rollercoaster, this one’s for you!

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What is 4K? A Guide to High Definition Television

4K TVs have been around for a while now – since 2012, in fact. A few years ago, they were mainly seen as a novelty, but over the last few years, the amount of 4K content has exploded, meaning the technology is more relevant than ever.

The question is, are 4K TVs now worth the investment?

Here, we look at what precisely 4K means, the differences between HD and 4K and whether now is the right time to purchase.

What Does 4K TV Mean?

4K is currently the highest widely-available TV resolution. It is called 4K as its width resolution (3,840) is almost 4,000 pixels. 4K TV is also sometimes referred to as Ultra High Definition (UHD).

How Clear are 4K TV Screens?

Currently, the majority of households have Full HD screens which offer a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. 4K doubles this, providing a whopping 3,840 x 2,160 pixels!

The pixels are what provide colour and clarity to your screen, and more pixels mean more precise images. To put the difference from HD to 4K into context, every pixel on your HD TV would fill just one-quarter of an identically-sized 4K display.

Of course, it’s hard to explain the difference in quality without taking the time to see it for yourself. However, many people say that 4K TV, compared to HD, provides a jump in clarity similar to that experienced from SD to HD. Furthermore, the increased pixels means that 4K screens can be built in much larger sizes while still providing improved visuals.

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What Can I Watch in 4K?

As mentioned before, back in 2012, 4K technology was primarily a novelty being showcased during major events but not much else. However, as the technology has developed, it’s now easier than ever to create 4K content. As a result, there are now plenty of opportunities to enjoy 4K visuals, no matter what you watch on your screen.

4K Netflix and Movie Streaming

Many of us now use streaming services for our at-home movie nights and weekly entertainment. Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney Plus and all other major streaming services now offer a plethora of 4K or 4K-enhanced shows that allow you to make the most of your improved visuals. If you want to watch the latest blockbuster at home, you can now enjoy them in better clarity than ever before!

4K Sport

4K in more traditional television has been a little slower on the uptake, so options in this regard are currently still limited. However, sports events on subscription services like Sky and BT are now regularly offered in 4K clarity. At the same time, major free-to-air events like Wimbledon and the FIFA World Cup are also being provided in 4K, allowing you to experience the action like never before.

4K Gaming

Another recent development has been the creation of video games with 4K UHD graphics. Next-generation PlayStation and Xbox consoles are being designed to provide 4K visuals; having the setup to match can take your experience to the next level.

Watch HD TV on a 4K Screen

It should be added that, as a general rule, 4K TVs also offer slightly better clarity when it comes to viewing regular HD content. While only slight, the improved technology can enhance your everyday viewing.

Two people holding PlayStation controllers while playing on a 4K TV

Is 4K Worth Buying?

Ultimately, whether 4K is worth the upgrade depends on how much you value your time watching TV.

One thing to bear in mind is that, to experience the real benefits of 4K TV, you need to ensure you purchase a screen larger than your current HD monitor. Generally speaking, the larger your TV is, and the closer your seat is to it, the bigger the difference.

If you are considering purchasing a 4K TV, make sure you have everything you need to enjoy it to the full. Our home cinema installation covers everything, from sourcing the perfect screen to installation, setup and extras including surround sound. If you’re interested, why not give our South-East England team a call and see what we could do for you?