When you really want to see what your system is capable of, you should reach for one of these Blu-rays. We've got blockbuster action films, musical biographies and more to really test your home-cinema set-up.

Some of them are available in 4K too, if you want to really show off the latest hi-tech gizmos. Let the festive viewing commence!

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Planet Earth II

Possibly the best visual experience available on 4K this year, Planet Earth II is a staggering achievement, travelling to the far corners of the planet to uncover the delights of the natural world.

Each episode covers a particular setting (islands, mountains, jungles, deserts, grasslands and cities) and the 4K Blu-ray delivers all this imagery in crisp detail and a wonderfully vibrant and realistic palette.

To be frank, why are you still reading this? Go out and get this disc pronto.

Read the full Planet Earth II 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray review

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2

It may not have reached the heights of original Guardians, but this sequel is an enjoyable entry into the MCU.

This 4K disc delivers a bright and colourful picture, with the HDR bringing out the intensity in the colours. 

It makes for a picture that pops and glows more than it's HD counterpart and the Atmos soundtrack is a nicely judged one, loud and busy without missing a beat.

Read the full Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray review

Wonder Woman

The quality of DC's film output has been of varied quality, but Wonder Woman served as a riposte to the series' grimdark tone.

Gal Gadot is wonderful as Diana Prince and this 4K disc is just as good, delivering a bold, colourful and detailed image that brings out the film's period decor and tailoring.

The Atmos track can rumble with the best of them, offering plenty of heft and power.

It's a fine origin story that's aided and abetted by a great 4K presentation.

Read the full Wonder Woman 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray review

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Blade Runner

Ridley Scott's Blade Runner is one of those films that simply must be seen on as big a screen as possible.

The disc is a fantastic representation of the film, sharper and more expressive with colours that are not just brighter but more intense. The hellish landscape of Los Angeles 2019 looks stunningly good.

The Atmos track offers depth and dynamism, with Vangelis' synth score setting an ominous and spiritual tone for the film.

If the goal of 4K is to get closer to the director's intent, then this disc is a fabulous achievement.

Read the full Blade Runner: The Final Cut 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray review

John Wick: Chapter Two

We'd argue that while the original John Wick is a better film, Chapter Two is a more entertaining one, expanding the series' mythos in fun ways.

The disc produces a detailed image that's a good test for colours. The Atmos track is enjoyable, adding both height and proving to be adept with small scale dynamics.

It's an entertaining 4K HDR effort that once again shows that Keanu Reeves is not a man to be messed with.

Read the full John Wick: Chapter Two 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray review


The year's best comic book film gets a cracking 4K disc as Hugh Jackman's Wolverine/Logan bows out in style.

Despite being shot digitally, Logan as a film-like quality that remains sharp and clear. Despite the serious subject matter it's a colourful film with scenes having a lovely sense of texture, virbancy and richness.

The Atmos mix has plenty of bass and clarity, making for an atmospheric, energetic and at times moody track.

Read the full Logan Blu-ray review

Spider-Man: Homecoming

Sony and Marvel teamed up to reboot Spider-Man yet again and the results are very entertaining.

Despite reverting back to Peter Parker's teenage years, it's a fresh, engaging take where the school scenes are better than the action sequences.

The has both HDR10 and Dolby Vision HDR, which aids the colour palette, with a noticeable uptick in detail and sharpness. The Atmos track is a blast, offering a bassy, immersive soundstage.

A charming and funny film that's a very solid and appealing take on the character, the energy of this film will really grab your attention.

Read the Spider-Man: Homecoming review

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

A fantastic piece of sci-fi, one we feel often gets left behind in the discussion of great Spielberg films. This 4K disc should bring it back to prominence.

It's a great transfer from Sony, retaining the film's grainy look, with fantastic detail and an appreciable HDR colour boost. There's no Atmos or DTS:X, but the 5.1 track is strong, detailed effort.

If you missed the film during its brief cinema release or haven't seen Close Encounters of the Third Kind before, you ought to see this release.

War of the Planet of the Apes

This trilogy capper is arguably the best of the bunch as Andy Serkis' attempts to lead his apes to salvation while also trying to curb his need for revenge against Woody Harrelson's Colonel.

Despite being another upscale to 4K, there's arguably more detail and a greater range fo tones on offer. The Atmos is a precise and subtle affair that opens up the soundstage in welcome ways.

War may not be packed with action, but it serves as a great conclusion to the series and to Caesar's story from young ape to inspirational leader.

Baby Driver

Director Edgar Wright returns with another kinetic and idiosyncratic film with musically obsessed Baby Driver.

The real draw of the film is the integration of music into the narrative, with the Atmos track an accurate and spacious effort that allows the music to soar. The image is solid, retaining the film's sense of colour and detail.

It could have been gimmicky and to some it may be, but Baby is stylistic, flavourful film and an impressive feat of movie magic.

Read the full Baby Driver review