4K TV changes everything about the way you watch TV — from color to depth to clarity, your movie-watching experience will improve tenfold (or fourfold, if you want to get all technical about it). Between Sony's exclusive TRILUMINOS Display technology that creates true, natural shades of colors and the 4K X-Reality™ PRO chip that enhances HD for new and old films alike, you'll want to revisit films whose color, cinematography, and creativity have left you visually shellshocked and ready to elope with your Netflix account. Here are some recommendations to get you started.
The Wizard of Oz
It's only right that America's most beloved Technicolor film be watched Ultra HD-style, in all its saturated color glory. As if it weren't flamboyant enough, Dorothy's journey from a bleak sepia-toned reality to the colorful dreamworld of Oz will appear four times clearer than Full HD 1080p. With that kind of definition, I sincerely hope Judy Garland's skincare game was on point.
Tim Burton's aesthetic is unmistakable: the color, the symmetry, the surreal quirks that mark his entire catalog — any film in his oeuvre deserves the 4K treatment, but Big Fish gets a special shout out for being so damn magical. Burton's visual masterpiece is larger than life on any screen, and watching it with more shades of color than ever before only elevates the film's fantastical qualities. Plus, you get to stare at Ewan McGregor for two hours, which is probably something only I care about.
Zack Snyder made ancient Greek history look incredible in his adaption of the stunning graphic novel-turned-epic blockbuster depicting the Battle of Thermopylae — but he didn't do it alone. Zack, Grant Freckleton, Chris Watts, and hundreds of artists across three continents saw to it that the film mirrored his comic book in almost every way, and now fans can enjoy his attention to detail in higher definition than ever before. Just watch out for the abs, lest they cut you.
2001: A Space Odyssey
Stanley Kubrick's out-of-this-world cult classic is widely regarded as one of the most influential films of all time. With an unforgettable soundtrack, groundbreaking special effects, set designs that introduced us to the modern workplace and props that inspired the iPad, 2001 is the film that keeps on giving — and in Ultra-HD, it's bound to give you a seriously enhanced movie-watching experience. Trips through space and time, inventive camera angles, and unprecedented cinematography make this film worthy of more than eight million pixels.
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
If you've ever been heartbroken, watching Eternal Sunshine can be an exercise in self-harm. But even through the tears, viewers can't deny that it's a beautiful film. Scene after scene leaves us with lasting imagery, whether it's a beach blanketed in snow or the ever-changing hue of Clementine's hair. With more brilliant color than ever before, the 4K Ultra HD TV will take that viewing experience to the next level — but it won't like, protect you from curling up in the fetal position with a bag of Funyons once the movie's over, so there's that.
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Stephanie Georgopulos is the Entertainment Content Producer for Studio@Gawker.