The best 4K content on Netflix Australia
Thinking about purchasing a pricey 4K smart TV? Check out our list of the best UHD TV shows and movies on Netflix Australia before taking the plunge.
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4K may be seen by some as a meagre excuse to go out and spend unreasonable amounts of money on the "latest and greatest" television set. But if you're keen on watching your favourite content in excellent quality, it can be worth the investment.
The only problem with purchasing a 4K smart TV is that you're going to actually need content available in ultra high definition (UHD) to notice a difference.
Here at finder.com.au, we've already discussed everything you need to stream 4K and how to speed up your broadband connection, but what kind of content is available in 4K streaming and is it worth the price jump?
To get you started, we've decided to list the best 4K content available on Netflix Australia. If stunning visuals are what you're after, you're in the right place.
1. Chef's Table
Cast: Dan Barber, Massimo Bottura, Bill Buford
Chef's Table explores the lives of international chefs, each with a unique style and story to tell. Every episode centres on a different chef and provides a deeply emotional view of their talents, passions and hardships. There are multiple seasons available to binge, so you can sit back and watch these culinary geniuses at work. Just make sure you have a few snacks handy in case the dishes on screen are mouth-watering enough to cause cravings.
2. Marvel's Daredevil
Cast: Charlie Cox, Vincent D'Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll
Don't run for the hills, this is not Ben Affleck's Daredevil from 2003, we wouldn't do that to you. This is Marvel's Daredevil, the Netflix series starring Charlie Cox as the man without fear himself and Vincent D'Onofrio as the villainous real estate mogul, Kingpin. Daredevil is, in our opinion, one of the best comic book adaptations to hit the small screen (though it's hotly contested by Netflix buds Jessica Jones and Luke Cage).
Charlie Cox is brutal and unrelenting as the vision-impaired pugilist, Daredevil and D'Onofrio's Wilson Fisk (Kingpin) is the most likeable villain of recent memory (and an excellent cook!).
Cox's fight scenes are so intense you'll find yourself wincing as he and his targets are beaten to a pulp. As the series progresses and the minor pacing issues are left behind, the stakes are constantly raised, creating more than enough drama to keep you tethered to the screen.
3. The Crown
Cast: Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Olivia Colman
An epic about Queen Elizabeth II's reign may sound like a right yawnfest, but this Netflix original is anything but. With Claire Foy in the lead role as Her Highness and the 11th doctor (Matt Smith) playing Prince Phillip, The Crown follows all the drama, jealousy and scrutiny that the Queen faced in her formative years. Starting with season three, Olivia Colman takes on the lead role. This show's cinematography is the stuff of dreams, so watching in 4K will pay off big time.
4. The Irishman
Cast: Robert De Niro, Al Pacino, Joe Pesci
A gangster drama for the ages, The Irishman is directed by Martin Scorsese. Watching in 4K is the next best thing to seeing this movie in the cinema, so you'll be in for a treat. Set in the 1950s, the film follows driver Frank Sheeran as he gets involved with Russell Bufalino and his Pennsylvania crime family, eventually working for Jimmy Hoffa as well. An instant classic, it's riveting and well worth the hype.
Cast: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira, Diego Cortina Autrey
Set in the early 70s, Roma follows the life of the live-in housekeeper of a middle-class family. The movie was directed by the talented Alfonso Cuarón, who also produced, shot and co-edited it. In fact, it's a semi-autobiographical take on Cuarón's upbringing in the Colonia Roma neighbourhood of Mexico City. Caution: stunning from start to finish, Roma may take your breath away.
6. Our Planet
Cast: David Attenborough
Discover the story of the one place we all call home in this groundbreaking and beautiful docu-series, which examines how climate change impacts all living creatures. Featuring extraordinary visuals and dazzling natural spectacles, Our Planet is a treat for the eyes and the mind alike. Once you tune in, it will be difficult to look away.
Cast: Tzi Ma, Christine Ko, Hong-Chi Lee
Aiming to offer an intimate look at the immigrant experience in the US, Tigertail is a multi-generational drama that follows a Taiwanese factory worker who leaves his homeland to seek opportunity in the US. Once there, he struggles to find connection while balancing family and newfound responsibilities. The movie features some spectacular directorial flourishes, courtesy of Alan Yang (Master of None, Parks and Recreation and Forever).
8. The Umbrella Academy
Cast: Ellen Page, Tom Hopper, David Castañeda
On the same day in 1989, 43 infants are inexplicably born to random, unconnected women. Seven are adopted by a billionaire industrialist, who creates The Umbrella Academy and prepares his children to save the world. In the present, the surviving thirty-something members reunite to solve a mystery and face the threat of a global apocalypse. Sounds complicated? Not to worry, the show will pull you into its complex world from the very first episode. If you love fast-paced action and fun visuals, this is the perfect binge for you.
9. Dolemite Is My Name
Cast: Eddie Murphy, Keegan-Michael Key, Mike Epps
In this bold and mesmerising movie Eddie Murphy portrays real-life legend Rudy Ray Moore, a comedy and rap pioneer who proved naysayers wrong when his alter ego, Dolemite, became a phenomenon back in the 70s. Between the gorgeous costumes and all the period detail, this uplifting true story is best enjoyed in 4K.
10. Lost in Space
Cast: Molly Parker, Toby Stephens, Maxwell Jenkins
A show with ambitious production values, Lost in Space definitely deserves a spot on this list. The story follows the Robinson family, who fight to survive after crash-landing on an alien planet. Surrounded by hidden dangers, they'll have to go through a lot to finally reach safety. If you're a sci-fi fan, this one is a must-see.
11. Stranger Things
Cast: Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Winona Ryder, David Harbour
Stranger Things is one of Netflix's biggest hits so far. If you haven't seen it yet, there's no time like the present. The series, initially set in the 80s, revolves around a group of kids who unravel incredible mysteries. A fun blend of nostalgia and horror, it will keep you watching for hours on end.
12. Locke & Key
Cast: Darby Stanchfield, Connor Jessup, Emilia Jones
This gripping show is based on the comics by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez. We're happy to report that the adaptation does justice to the source material. The story follows three siblings who move into a house filled with reality-bending keys, leading to some stunning revelations. Perfect for viewers craving spooky thrills.
13. The Haunting of Hill House
Cast: Henry Thomas, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Kate Siegel
The Haunting of Hill House is a modern reimagining of the Shirley Jackson classic novel, a ghost story with plenty of depth and a tremendous cast. The show follows several siblings who, as children, grew up in what would become the most famous haunted house in the country. Now adults, they have to return home following a tragedy and confront the ghosts of their past. The show is stylish and chilling, but you might want to watch it with the lights on.
14. The Witcher
Cast: Henry Cavill, Freya Allan, Anya Chalotra
Follow Geralt of Rivia, a solitary monster hunter, as he realises he can't fight destiny in a world filled with bloodshed. Along the way, his fate becomes intertwined with that of a young princess and a powerful sorceress. Based on the book series by Andrzej Sapkowski, this epic fantasy show features superb fighting scenes and gorgeous visual effects. In other words, perfect 4K material.
15. The Two Popes
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Jonathan Pryce, Juan Minujín, Luis Gnecco
The Two Popes is a biographical drama about Pope Benedict and Pope Francis, who must find common ground to forge a new path for the Catholic Church. It could have been difficult to make the movie visually compelling given how much it relies on dialogue, but cinematographer César Charlone beautifully pulled it off. Buckle up for close-ups that perfectly capture the subtlety of the excellent performances offered by Hopkins and Pryce. Plus some gorgeous shots of the (re-created) Sistine Chapel.
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