The best 4K content on Netflix Australia
Thinking about purchasing a pricey 4K smart TV? Check out our list of UHD TV shows and movies on Netflix Australia before taking the plunge.
4K is this year’s 3D or curved display, a meagre excuse for many to go out and spend unreasonable amounts of money on the "latest and greatest" television set. 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?
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Raymond Reddington (James Spader), a mysterious career criminal on the FBI’s most wanted list, surrenders himself to the FBI. Over the years he has accumulated information on the world’s top criminals and he offers to aid the FBI in exchange for immunity under one condition, he gets to work with rookie profiler, Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone).
Starring: James Spader, Megan Boone and Diego Klattenhoff
Watch if… you loved James Spader’s turn as Ultron in Avengers: Age of Ultron.
The Rayburn family's darkest secrets rise to the surface when the oldest son and black sheep of the family, Danny Rayburn, arrives home. The beautiful Florida Keys is the backdrop for this scandal-fuelled family drama that features notable performances by leads Kyle Chandler and Ben Mendelsohn (as the estranged older brother, Danny) and screen veterans Sissy Spacek and Sam Shepard.
Starring: Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn and Linda Cardellini
Watch if… you enjoyed Mendelsohn's Aussie family drama, Animal Kingdom.
Chef’s Table explores the lives of six international chefs, each with a unique style and story to tell. Every episode centres on a new chef and provides a deeply emotional view of their talents, passions and hardships. The four chefs featured in Season One are Dan Barber (chef and co-owner of Blue Hill), Francis Mallman (eccentric chef and grillmaster from Argentina), Massimo Bottura (Italian restaurateur and chef patron of Osteria Francescana) and Ben Shewry (The New Zealand-born chef and owner of Australia’s “best restaurant”, Attica).
Starring: Ben Shewry, Francis Mallman, Dan Barber and Massimo Bottura
Watch if… you love the art of the cooking but can’t stomach the melodrama of MasterChef.
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon: Sword of Destiny
Set 18 years after the events of Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Sword of Destiny pulls the legendary warrior Shu-Lien from retirement to fight another gravity-defying battle. This time around, Shu-Lien is on a quest to Peking to track down the Green Destiny, the sword of her former lover and partner, Li Mu Bai. On her journey, Shu-Lien comes toe-to-toe with Glee's Harry Shum Jr. and is aided by none other than Rogue One's Donnie Yen.
Starring: Donnie Yen, Michelle Yeoh and Harry Shum Jr.
Watch if… you like your action artsy.
Grace and Frankie
Hollywood legends Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin star in this light-hearted comedy from the co-creator of Friends. When Grace and Frankie are invited to lunch by their husbands, they expect the two successful divorce lawyers (Martin Sheen and Sam Waterston) to announce their retirement.
However, when the announcement doesn’t go quite as expected and the two husbands confess their love for each other, Grace and Frankie’s comfortable lives are uprooted. It’s an interesting concept that lends itself well to the comedic talents of both Fonda and Tomlin.
Starring: Lily Tomlin, Jane Fonda, Sam Waterston and Martin Sheen
Watch if…you’ve already recycled all 10 seasons of Friends multiple times.
Greed, betrayal and sexual intrigue. Marco Polo is outwardly Starz' attempt to capture some of that Game of Thrones magic, but it's nothing new and has been attempted by nearly every network in the past.
Marco Polo follows the titular character through his early years in the Yuan Dynasty where he meets the Khagan of the Mongol Empire, Kublai Khan.
As our main merchant would, the Marco Polo trailer expertly sells the series as a no-holds-barred rampage through the Yuan Dynasty with plenty of twists and turns along the way. However, once you dig a little deeper, under the surface you’ll find that this historical tale has little to offer and ultimately fails to engage.
It was recently announced that Netflix put the kibosh on Marco Polo, making it the first Netflix series to not get a third season or a proper sendoff.
Starring: Lorenzo Richelmy, Benedict Wong, Joan Chen and Rick Yune
Watch if… you feel like abandoning something after one episode.
Don’t run for the hills, this is not Ben Affleck’s Daredevil from 2003, we wouldn’t do that to you (though that is available on Netflix Australia). 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!).
Charlie Cox’s fight scenes are so intense you’ll find yourself wincing as he and his targets are beaten to a pulp, and as the series progresses and the minor pacing issues are life behind, the stakes are constantly raised, creating more than enough drama to keep you tethered to the screen until the epic season finale. Once that's done and dusted, you can move straight on to Season 2, which ups the ante by introducing Jon Bernthal's Punisher.
Starring: Charlie Cox, Vincent D'Onofrio, Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson and Rosario Dawson
Watch if… you want to watch the most intense single-shot fight scene to ever grace the small screen (episode 2).
Moving Art: Oceans, Deserts, Flowers and Forests
Moving Art is a series of blissfully-shot UHD videos that transform your dull smart TV into a moving artwork. Capturing the beauty of nature in a variety of settings including the Redwood Coast, Olympic National Park and the Four Corners region, filmmaker Louie Schwartzberg uses time lapse photography and underwater shots to capture some of the most breathtaking scenes nature has to offer. Throw this one on for some background scenery when you’re entertaining pals.
Captured by: Louie Schwartzberg
Watch if… you’ve just stepped out of a hot bath and poured yourself a glass of red.
Sense8 is a sci-fi series for Netflix that unjustly flew under a lot of people's radars when it first launched. It's written and produced by Babylon 5 creator, J. Michael Straczynski, and possibly the most powerful cinematic sibling duo, The Wachowskis.
Sense8 follows the lives of eight strangers from across the globe who, after a tragic death, find themselves telepathically linked. Each sensate sets out to discover exactly what has happened to them. Along the way they’ll be helped by a mysterious sensate from another "cluster", Jonas (Lost’s Naveen Andrews), and hunted by a stranger known only as Mr Whispers and his shady organisation.
Starring: Jamie Clayton, Max Riemelt and Anupam Kher
Watch if… you’re a great multitasker.
A Very Murray Christmas
Could you honestly think of any living soul you would rather spend Christmas with than Bill Murray? The man who once played a satirical version of Ebenezer Scrooge this time celebrates Christmas with a huge roster of celebrity friends, including Miley Cyrus, George Clooney, the band Phoenix and Rashida Jones.
Starring: Bill Murray, Amy Poehler, Michael Cera, Paul Schaefer and Maya Rudolph
Watch if… you’ve just cracked the lid on another bottle of brandy.
Chelsea Handler has long had a foothold in the late night talk show scene. Netflix original Chelsea Does takes the host away from her desk and throws her into a new area of taboo (like drugs, sex and racism) in every episode. Along the way we meet a bunch of celebrities with either a stake in the topic or at the very least a very strong opinion.
Hosted by: Chelsea Handler
Watch if… you've always wanted to know a little more about sex, Silicon Valley or psychedelics.
House of Cards
This cutting political drama needs no introduction thanks to its magnetic leads, Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright. The show that made history by becoming the first online-only series to receive a major Emmy nomination, House of Cards has persisted into and beyond its fourth season with a fifth slated for 2017.
Starring: Kevin Spacey, Robin Wright, Michael Kelly and Mahershala Ali
Watch if... you need some lessons in clawing your way to the top.
Have you ever wished that Arrested Development's Gob Bluth had his own show? Or that there was a live-action version of Bojack Horseman? That's essentially what you get with Flaked.
Will Arnett plays a resident of Venice, California (whose name might as well be Will Arnett) who falls for his mate's love interest and is 100% full of it.
Starring: Will Arnett, Ruth Kearney and David Sullivan
Watch if... you can already recite all 4 seasons of Arrested Development word for word.
It's odd that they named this follow-up series Fuller House – the absence of the Olson Twins' ego would've freed up a double bedroom and then some. Fuller House catches up with the Tanner household when the kids are all grown up with their own families. If that's not enough of a nostalgia overload for you, you will be happy to know that it's also set in the exact same house from 30 years ago.
Starring: Candace Cameron Bure, Jodie Sweetin and the occasional John Stamos
Watch if... you're lacking in vitamin Stamos.
With The Defenders set to hit the small screen, Jessica Jones gives us an even grittier superhero story than Daredevil. Breaking Bad's Krysten Ritter stars as a superhero-turned-private eye suffering from PTSD. When an investigation leads to a mysterious man with a persuasive ability, Jones is forced to face her demons to save herself and her closest friends.
Jessica Jones is the perfect chaser for Daredevil's potent action. Jones's story is a much more personal (and confronting) one about control and abuse.
Starring: Krysten Ritter, David Tennant and Rachael Taylor
Watch if... you've just finished Season 1 of Daredevil. Jessica Jones is the next chronological step.
This original Netflix comedy stars Ricky Gervais and Eric Bana (Poida) as an incompetent sound tech and a hotshot journalist. After a series of unfortunate events, the duo misses their flight to cover an uprising in Ecuador. With their jobs on the line, the two shack up in a nearby apartment and fake their war reports from a spare bedroom atop a café.
Starring: Ricky Gervais, Eric Bana and Kelly MacDonald
Watch if... you're a fan of Kelly MacDonald, she's wonderful as usual. The rest of the movie, not so much.
To be a honest, a six-season epic about Queen Elizabeth II's reign sounds like a right yawnfest. However, I will happily eat my hat, as this Netflix original looks proper epic. 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.
Starring: Claire Foy, Matt Smith and John Lithgow
Watch if... you're in the mood for some regal period drama.
The Get Down
Netflix seems intent on having some of the biggest talent in Hollywood creating and starring on its platform and it doesn't get much more glitzier or glamorous than Australia's own Baz Luhrmann, the man responsible for all-singing, all-dancing classics like Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge.
Bazzy B's The Get Down is a hip-hop roots-inspired musical, set against a 1977 South Bronx backdrop. A group of talented teens try to find their feet in life, while dealing with some very real socio-economic issues that plague the streets of New York.
Starring: Justice Smith, Herizen F. Guardiola, Shameik Moore and Jaden Smith
Watch if... old-school hip-hop is your jam.
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