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4K Ultra HD Review: Don’t Worry Darling

November 29, 2022

By John Corrado

Please note that this is a review of the 4K Ultra HD release of Don’t Worry Darling. For my full thoughts on the film itself, you can read my original theatrical review right here.

After releasing in theatres in September, Olivia Wilde’s much buzzed about second directorial effort Don’t Worry Darling is now debuting on 4K Ultra HD this week.

Mired in reports of behind the scenes drama that spilled out into the open, Don’t Worry Darling attracted a lot of pre-release publicity involving gossip about what transpired on-set, which in some ways is more interesting than the uneven film itself.

Set in a seemingly utopic 1950s suburban community, where Alice (Florence Pugh) lives with her husband Jack (Harry Styles) and starts to realize things are not as they seem, Wilde’s overly ambitious attempt at a psychological thriller feels surface-deep.

While Florence Pugh’s good performance and Matthew Libatique’s attractive cinematography keep it from being a total write-off, Don’t Worry Darling is a heavily flawed film that frustratingly only shows flashes of true promise. But, despite these ample story problems, the film looks good with its glossy surfaces and 1950s colours, and the 2160p with HDR-10 presentation on the 4K disc is excellent.

Film Rating: ★★ (out of 4)

Bonus Features (4K Ultra HD):

The 4K disc has no bonus features, but the set comes with a regular Blu-ray that includes a featurette and single deleted scene. A code for a digital copy are also included in the package.

The Making of Don’t Worry Darling (17 minutes, 12 seconds): Wilde is joined by members of the cast and crew to discuss the themes of the story, as well as capturing the look of the 1950s through the impressive production design, costumes and cinematography, in this pretty solid behind-the-scenes featurette. It’s a bit longer than expected, but given all that reportedly went on behind the scenes, it’s easy to feel like tongues are being bitten and stuff is being held back.

Alice’s Nightmare (Deleted Scene) (54 seconds): A black-and-white dream sequence presented on its own without much context.

Don’t Worry Darling is a Warner Bros. Home Entertainment release. It’s 123 minutes and rated R.

Street Date: November 29th, 2022

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