IP Man 4: The Finale 4K Ultra HD

Featured In Issue 249, April/May 2020

WSR Score4.5
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In "IP Man 4: The Finale," Donnie Yen reprises his role as the legendary Wing Chun master in the grand finale of the martial arts series. Following the death of his wife, IP Man travels to San Francisco to ease tensions between the local kung fu masters and his star student, Bruce Lee, while searching for a better future for his son. (Gary Reber)

Special features include a making-of featurette (HD 02:11), "The 10-Year Legend" special (HD 02:10) and "The Story (HD 02:26); two Chinese trailers and the US trailer.

The 2.39:1 2160p HEVC/H.265 Ultra HD Dolby Vision/HDR10 picture, reviewed on a Sony Bravia Z9D 4K Ultra HD HDR display, was photographed digitally using the Arri Alexa Mini and Arri Alexa XT Plus camera systems and sourced from a 2K (not 4K) master Digital Intermediate format. As the 2K Digital Intermediate has been upconverted to 2160p, there is no real gain in native resolution. Picture quality is superb with natural imagery throughout. The color palette is naturally rendered. Some scenes appear more saturated than others, but saturation is never overdone. Highlights of Mr. IP Man's San Francisco quarters provide effective color accents as do the interiors of the Chinese Association and its master's home. Fleshtones are naturally hued. HDR contrast is well balanced during most scenes. Black levels are naturally weighted, and shadow delineation is revealing. Lighting highlights are brilliant at times, especially during the Chinese New Year celebration in San Francisco's Chinatown. Resolution is quite good, especially during closeups of facial features, including hair, clothing and object texture. WOW! segments really do not occur, though, there are numerous appealing saturated moments throughout. This is a thoroughly engaging visual experience that will thrill fans of the martial arts. (Gary Reber)

The Dolby Atmos/Dolby TrueHD 7.1-channel soundtrack is dynamic sounding with excellent sound effects and Foley. Sound effects are often panned. Bass effects accentuate the action, of which there is plenty of kung fu and karate. The orchestral/choral score is wide and deep and varied with segments of Chinese instrumentation. Bass in the music is at times powerful. Atmospherics are realistic. Dialogue is intelligible, and the English subtitles are within the frame. At times dialogue is ADR produced but well integrated.

The Immersive Sound element is comprised of music and atmospheric extensions to the height layer. Lots of city ambience effectively enhances the dimensional scope of the soundtrack. Din ambience is prevalent throughout. Various sound effects also enhance dimensionality such as a passenger jet overhead, airport ambience and announcements, numerous kick and smack-down actions during fight scenes, barrack mayhem, some subtle reverberant dialogue, applause, group dialogue, fist and kick accents, and clapping, Overall, this is an effective height layer enhancement.

This is a well-crafted holoonicŪ spherical soundtrack that effectively carries the storyline. (Gary Reber)