Whether you’re a fan or not, Ari Aster‘s films look outstanding, with the Hereditary director’s Midsommar taking the horror outside.
Sun-soaked horror is typically the kiss of death, yet Aster’s Midsommar flexed hard, showing why this confident young filmmaker is going to become a titan in the industry.
Taking inspiration from The Wicker Man, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and even Hostel, this cult-themed dramatic quasi-slasher plays out like a fairytale in which a young girl (Florence Pugh) finds her escape/happiness in rural Sweden.
The landscape mixed with the cinematography is beautiful, while the costume and set design were Oscar-worthy (snub, snub, snub?). This is why I was crushed when Midsommar was released solely on Blu-ray and DVD.
Thankfully, this was a short term blemish.
A24 has updated several streaming files for Midsommar, offering up Aster’s second masterpiece in 4K UHD on Amazon, as well as Apple TV/iTunes and FandangoNow, Bloody Disgusting first uncovered. To say the film looks remarkable is an understatement – this is straight-up must-see material.
The only outlier to this news is that, after a huge undertaking, we confirmed that the extended Director’s Cut is not presented in 4K. It’s still a single file, without any chapters, dropped lazily into the iTunes extra features (which are a nightmare to access). I guess we’re lucky to even have it at all?
No matter, I implore you to do whatever it takes to see Midsommar in 4K.