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Yesterday 4K Blu-ray Review

Immense charm and Rock 'n' Roll

by Simon Crust
SRP: £19.99

Yesterday Film Review

You want a good life? It's not complicated. Tell the girl you love that you love her. And tell the truth to everyone whenever you can.

It’s difficult to imagine a world without The Beatles; their contribution to song structure, album structure and their influence throughout the music industry is still being felt. But that is what Danny Boyle’s film, Yesterday, postulates. Screen written by King of the Rom-Com, Richard Curtis, Boyle directs with a sure hand, ensuring that the film hits every beat (!) even if the basic story outline is direct from the Curtis album.

Despite winning a talent contest at school, having his own manager, and gigging whenever he can, Jack Malik cannot seem to get the big break he needs. On the eve of giving it all up, a freak accident that coincided with a worldwide power failure sees Malik awaken in a world where not only has The Beatles never existed but neither does Coke, Oasis, Harry Potter or cigarettes. But it is the first of those that give him pause; for he can remember all their songs, and uses that knowledge to further his career, becoming a near-instant celebrity. But with fame and fortune just around the corner, not only is he missing the one person that was with him at the beginning, but his fraudulent lifestyle starts to take its toll, and he seeks an answer from someone long thought dead.

 Despite the fact that the basic story structure has been done ad nauseam, it still manages to hit all the right beats

Aside from the unusual sci-fi trappings of the world without a certain number of familiar items, the basic story is from a thousand different rom-coms, and Boyle makes sure to keep the narrative flowing so that the end is never really in doubt. The two leads, Himesh Patel as Jack and Lily James as Ellie, share an infectious chemistry, this is helped enormously by James’ incredible charm in the role. Kudos to Patel who shoulders the burden of the weight of his deception really well and when the light dawns, it will take a stony heart not to be moved. Being truthful to oneself and the one you love is nicely handled. The film also has Ed Sheeran playing himself, and up against seasoned actors, he really stands out. The comedy is light, the music awesome and the whole quite delightful, despite all the tropes.

Yesterday UHD 4K Blu-ray Picture


Yesterday was shot digitally using RED Weapon 8K cameras with a resolution of 8K and was finished as a 4K DI which has used for this Ultra HD Blu-ray release. The disc presents a native 3840 x 2160p resolution image in the widescreen 2.39:1 aspect ratio, and uses 10-bit video depth, a Wide Colour Gamut (WCG), High Dynamic Range in the form of HDR10+ and is encoded using the HEVC (H.265) codec. We reviewed the Region free UK Ultra HD Blu-ray release of Yesterday on a Panasonic 65DX902B Ultra HD 4K TV with a Panasonic DMP-UB400 Ultra HD Blu-ray player.

 One of the most natural looking discs I’ve seen

The native 4K image is awash with detail, from fine skin texture, to clothing weaves, from strings on guitars to individuals cheering within crowds. Indeed, any of the crowd scenes are spectacular, but the one on the beach, for me, looks the best. WCG and HDR give a vividness to the colours that the Blu-ray can’t cope with, there is so much depth to the pinks and blues of the various concert lighting, or in the clubs, check out the red lighting in the recording studio. Flesh tones are very natural, as are the blues of the skies and greens of the grass by the shoreline.

Black level is immense with decent shadow detail giving depth to the image, while the whites push the image, giving tremendous 3D pop. This image is terrific, but not in a ‘wow, look at me’ kind of way, more a naturalistic, realistic, ‘this is real life’ kind of way; indeed one of the most natural looking discs I’ve seen.

Digitally there are no compression issues, save some minute banding, and the original source is pristine.

Yesterday UHD 4K Blu-ray Sound


 Some of the best concert sound ever, right up there with Bohemian Rhapsody


The Dolby Atmos track, taking its cue from the image, provides a natural and realistic track with some of the best concert sound ever, right up there with Bohemian Rhapsody, and perhaps beating it in terms of music reproduction. Crowds at the gigs are tremendous, filling the ambience while the backbeat of the drums and bass thunder you into the sofa. Awesome stuff. The rest of the track is filled with ambience too, the surrounds and overheads filling out streets, beaches and train stations to give a very natural sound.

Dialogue is clear and precise, dominated by the frontal array, but given the odd bit of directionality when required. Any of the songs are great, coming from above and around the screen to give a total sense of immersion. Much like the visuals, not a ‘look at me’ kind of vibe, but just simple elegance.

Yesterday UHD 4K Blu-ray Extras


Audio Commentary – With director Danny Boyle and writer/producer Richard Curtis who discuss the film in great detail in a jolly and technical/anecdotal based track.
Alternate Ending
Deleted Scenes – Eleven in total, titles are: Late for School, Nutters Italian Ice Cream, Sortisimus, Moscow Audience, Alexa, A Gonk, W Hotel, Jack Calls Ellie, Corden & Roxanne, Hilary in the Mirror, Nick and Carol, and Hazel's Selfie.
Live at Abbey Road Studios - Himesh Patel performs his version of Yesterday, I Want to Hold Your Hand, and Let It Be.
Alternate Opening
Gag Reel – 2 minutes of gaffs.
A Talented Duo – 3 minute look at the working relationship of Richard Curtis and Danny Boyle.
Playing for Real – 5 minute feature look at the casting and actors, before becoming more centric on Patel’s musical ability.
Soul Mates – 5 minute feature looking at Jack and Ellie’s bond.
Ed Sheeran: From Stadium to Screen – 3 minute overview of Sheeran’s contribution. Agent of Comedy: Kate McKinnon – 3 minute look at McKinnon's performance.
A Conversation with Richard & Ed – 3 minutes with the scriptwriter and the musician as they chat about the film.

Yesterday UHD 4K Blu-ray Verdict

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Yesterday 4K Blu-ray Review






 The comedy is light, the music awesome and the whole quite delightful, despite all the tropes 
 
The melding of Danny Boyle’s direction and Richard Curtis’s whimsy, form a near-perfect whole; despite the fact that the basic story structure has been done ad nauseam, it still manages to hit all the right beats (!) helped enormously by the chemistry between the two leads and the immense charm of Lily James as Ellie. That, and the awesome music help to lift something that could have been mundane to very enjoyable levels.

As a 4K UHD set, the package from Universal is pretty good; the native 4K image is stunning in its detail, colouring and black level so that the picture is amazingly natural, while the Dolby Atmos surround track is immersive, well presented and offers some of the best sounding concert music ever. The extras cover most of the bases, even if they are a bit light.

Highly Recommended

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