Whiplash: SteelBook Photo Report and Review (4K UHD + Blu-ray)

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released 5 years ago on DVD and Blu-ray Whiplash, the extraordinary film by the young director Damien Chazelle, starring Miles Teller Y J.K. Simmons that, after passing through numerous international film festivals such as Sundance – where he won the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award –Cannes, Toronto Y New York, received the highest critical acclaim.

Now we can enjoy this great title again with the best possible image and sound quality thanks to the launch of the film in 4K UHD, which has also reached the stores in an incredible Steelbook. In case they are not enough reasons, we leave you here with a photographic report and the analysis of this launch.

In Whiplash, Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller) is a young and ambitious jazz drummer, absolutely focused on reaching the top within the elite East Coast music conservatory where he receives his training. Marked by the failure of his father’s literary career, Andrew harbors dreams of greatness, yearns to become one of the greats. Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), an instructor well known for both his talents and terrifying teaching methods, conducts the best jazz ensemble in the conservatory. Fletcher discovers Andrew and the aspiring drummer is selected to be part of the musical ensemble he leads, forever changing the young man’s life. Andrew’s passion for perfection quickly turns to obsession as his ruthless teacher continues to push him to the threshold of his abilities… and his sanity.

This dazzling film is not a story about the role of humiliation and suffering in creating a great artist, but rather the story of what happens when people think they know how a great should be forged. We know when we see a great one, and Whiplash it is. We were able to enjoy this film for the first time as it passed through the Official Section of the Valladolid International Film Week and we leave you our review, being a highly recommended film to enjoy again, especially with a good sound system since music has a great relevance in this title.


This metallic edition packs the movie in 4K UHD and Blu-ray with all its extras on a satin, embossed SteelBook. The format of the disc it includes is indicated on the front of the paper attached to the SteelBook, on the back of which is included the synopsis, technical and artistic details, along with an image of the film.

The cover and back cover design is very original, with the movie title in red perfectly matching the bloody drumsticks on the drums, all in black and white. The back cover, in a striking red tone, lets us see the protagonist in black and white again on a drumstick, which is the most symbolic of the film.

The interior of the Steelbook is presented in a shade of red, without illustrations, and houses the discs, both 4K UHD and Blu-ray, each with a different image of the film.

Image and sound:

Both the 4K UHD disc and the Blu-ray disc present the movie with an aspect ratio of 2.40: 1, that is, we have the typical upper and lower black stripes. Whiplash has made the leap to 4K UHD in the best possible way, with an incredible use of colors, an outstanding level of detail and impeccable clarity, standing out above a good Blu-ray, which is what we had previously. Now we are able to appreciate every last drop of sweat and blood, with a great level of textures on the skin, and in every detail of the batteries and clothes. Black levels gain a lot in depth and shadow details, but whites are not far behind with a good level of sharpness and brightness.

At a sound level, the Blu-ray includes all the tracks in 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, while the 4K UHD disc stands out for incorporating the track in the original version in Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 compatible). It is not that the Atmos improves excessively on the 5.1 existing to date, and that we can appreciate in Spanish, as it maintains the use of the central and side speakers that allowed us to enjoy this great movie with an impeccable soundtrack to date. What does improve is the definition of some sounds, and so Jazz music can now be appreciated with great quality and detail, as well as making great use of the rear channels added to the Atmos to immerse ourselves even more in the film. The dialogue is clear and well positioned, but we must emphasize, above all else, the music.

4K UHD technical features:

  • Audio: English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 compatible); English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio; Audio description service in English; Spanish, Czech, French, Hungarian, Italian, Polish OV, Portuguese and Spanish (from Latin America) 5.1 Dolby Digital.
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English for the deaf, English, Bulgarian, Croatian, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazilian), Portuguese, Romanian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish (de Latin America) and Swedish.
  • 2.40: 1 widescreen high definition display.
  • Duration: 107 min. approx.

Blu-ray technical features:

  • Audio: English, Spanish, and Italian 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio.
  • Subtitles: Spanish, English, Danish, Finnish, Italian, Norwegian and Swedish.
  • Image: 2.40: 1.
  • Duration: 107 min. approx.

Additional content:

This exclusive design steelbook contains a 4K UHD disc and a Blu-ray disc, although only the Blu-ray disc includes extras, and they are as follows:

  • Comments with the writer / director Damien Chazelle Y J.K. Simmons.
  • Let’s get in (0:42:56). Famous drummers talk about their work and their passion for drums.
  • Original short Whiplash (0:17:56). The original short that gave rise to the film, with the option to see it with comments from the scriptwriter and director Damien Chazelle; The producers Cut Samuelson, Helen Estabrook Y Nick Britell; and the editor Tom Cross.
  • Fletcher at home (0:01:30). Scene deleted from the movie.
  • One night at the Toronto International Festival with Miles Teller, J.K. Simmons Y Damien Chazelle (0:07:50). The actors and writer / director sit with the moderator Kerri Craddock to talk about the movie.
  • Cinema trailer (0:02:10).
  • Trailers for other films by Sony.

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Whiplash: SteelBook Photo Report and Review (4K UHD + Blu-ray)