4K cinema or 4K projection in digital television and cinematography is essentially a standard of horizontal display resolution that gives us approximately a 4000-pixel resolution, also known as the Ultra-High Definition or UHD. As far as viewing is concerned, the viewers, as well as the filmmakers, have always strived for better quality viewing standards. Be that as it may, things are still evolving and we’re yet to see a widespread reach of 4K technology and viewers giving preference to 4K movie formats over the HD and Blu-Ray ones. Given the high cost of rendering and the costs involved in the digital processing of movies and television shows into the 4K formats, we’ve seen only a limited number of releases in 4K formats, especially for movies.
If one takes the example of high-end, highly successful visually enthralling flicks such as ‘Gravity’, ‘Life of Pi’ or the latest ‘Avengers: Infinity War’, we could still find them on popular streaming services like Amazon Prime, Netflix, Hulu or HBO Now, but when it comes to lesser-known flicks which have fared average business commercially, their availability in 4K versions is least expected. Having that said, on Netflix, we could find almost all of Netflix Originals available in 4K quality, but as far as the movies are concerned, we couldn’t find many great movies on 4K. We’ve lessened another hassle for you by figuring out which are the really good 4K movies and TV shows you can watch on Netflix right away. So, an unsolicited word of advice – grab your popcorn and get ready for an immersive experience with your very own Netflix. Please note that this isn’t an exhaustive list of all 4K movies and TV shows on Netflix, but has only the best ones you can stream right now. Here goes,
20. 13 Reasons Why (2017 – 2018)
One of the most thrilling high-school dramas you can stream in 4K as of today, ’13 Reasons Why’ is set in the present day fictitious Liberty High School, and around Clay Jensen, a 17-year-old high school student and Hannah Baker, Clay’s friend who killed herself. The series opens about two weeks after Hannah’s suicide when a sullen Clay finds a bunch of audio cassette tapes left at his doorstep anonymously. The tapes, as it turns out, were recorded by Hannah prior to her suicide and are the narrative of her ordeal and the insecurities she had faced from each of her friends. Each of her friends, including Clay, had a direct or an indirect role to play, a chain reaction of events that led her to take the drastic step. The second season of the series follows the story with court trials and litigations. ’13 Reasons Why’ is a disturbing account oftentimes and showcases the dark underbelly of the otherwise showy world of high school life.
19. Alex Strangelove (2018)
The heartwarming story of a closeted gay teenager who had a confused identity but comes out stronger than ever, ‘Alex Strangelove’ begins with Alex Truelove, a have-it-all who is in the senior class and loves Claire, a girl he has been friends with since he had known. Claire and Alex are not in a serious relationship and are yet to take the intimate next step to take it forward. Alex, to get rid of his virginity, books a hotel room to have sex with Claire, but on the same day, he meets Elliot, an openly gay teenager who develops a liking for Alex. Claire comes to know of this and starts ignoring Alex until the upcoming prom. While officially Claire is still going with Alex, she secretly invites Elliot to be Alex’s prom date. ‘Alex Strangelove’ is beautifully told and has all the right intent, and moreover, you can enjoy it in a seamless 4K on Netflix.