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Training Day comes to UK 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray courtesy of Warner, as one of the flagship standalone releases from their upcoming 100-film Collection. The Ultra HD Blu-ray delivers an impressive 4K HDR presentation.
The disc presents a 3840x2160/24p BT.2020 image in the film's theatrical aspect ratio of widescreen 2.39:1, and uses a Wide Colour Gamut (WCG), High Dynamic Range, and is encoded using the HEVC (H.265) codec.
We reviewed the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray release of Training Day on an LG 55B7 Dolby Vision 4K Ultra HD OLED TV with a Panasonic DP-UB820EB-K Dolby Vision HDR10+ 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player.
... an impressive 4K presentation
Almost across the board, Training Day's 4K remaster is a winner, providing a not inconsiderable upgrade upon the existing, now 17 year old, Blu-ray, and gifting the feature a veritable new lease of life that defies its own 22 year vintage. Detail is outstanding, with rich texture noticeable on faces, facial hair, clothing and environments. Drawing this kind of clarity and texture out of the shot-on-film feature leaves it looking better than ever, a rich production that can now be enjoyed as readily - if not even moreso - as it was on release. Grain is keenly managed, stable and thoroughly filmic throughout, and the new native 4K image is almost impossible to fault... well, almost. Depending hugely upon your visual recollections of the movie, the 'new' colour choices may prove somewhat controversial. HDR and WCG undoubtedly make it a richer, deeper palette, replete with inky blacks, excellent contract, and rich tones across the spectrum, but there is a push towards sepia and teal in a few sequences - a push beyond what was arguably seen before for this movie. Taken on its own, Training Day looks stunning in 4K, but long term fans who expect it to look a certain way (a lot cooler, for starters) may raise an eyebrow before - hopefully - settling down to enjoy the film overall looking better than ever, ever, before.