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

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released for sale 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 which, 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 praise from critics.

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

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 received his training. Marked by the failure of his father’s literary career, Andrew harbors dreams of greatness, yearning to become one of the greats. Terence Fletcher (J.K. Simmons), an instructor well known for both his talent and his terrifying teaching methods, directs 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 brink of his abilities…and sanity.

This dazzling film is not a story about the role humiliation and suffering play in the making of a great artist, but rather the story of what happens when people think they know how a great one should be made. We know when we see a big 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 the music has a great relevance in this title.


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

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

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

Image and sound:

Both the 4K UHD Disc and the Blu-ray Disc present the movie in a 2.40:1 aspect ratio, meaning we have the typical top and bottom black bars. Whiplash has made the leap to 4K UHD in the best possible way, with incredible use of colours, outstanding detail and impeccable clarity, standing out from a good Blu-ray, which is what we had before. Now we are able to appreciate every last drop of sweat and blood, with a high level of textures on the skin, and in every detail of the batteries and clothing. The black levels gain a lot in depth and shadow detail, but the whites are not far behind with a good level of sharpness and brightness.

At the 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 its original version in Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 compatible). It is not that the Atmos excessively improves the 5.1 existing to date, and that we can appreciate in Spanish, since it maintains the use of the central and lateral speakers that allowed us to enjoy this great film with an impeccable soundtrack to date. What does improve is the definition of some sounds, and thus Jazz music is now appreciated with great quality and detail, in addition to making great use of the rear channels added to Atmos to immerse us even more in the film. The dialogue is clear and well positioned, but we must highlight, above all, 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 VO, Portuguese and Spanish (from Latin America) 5.1 Dolby Digital.
  • Subtitles: Castilian, 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 HD 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 the following:

  • Comments with the writer/director Damien Chazelle Y J.K. Simmons.
  • Metromonos (0:42:56). Famous drummers talk about their work and their passion for drumming.
  • original short Whiplash (0:17:56). The original short that started the film, with the option to watch it with commentary from the writer and director Damien Chazelle; The producers Cut Samuelson, Helen Estabrook Y Nick Britell; and the publisher Tom Cross.
  • Fletcher at home (0:01:30). Deleted scene 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 the writer/director sit with the moderator Kerri Craddock to talk about the movie.
  • Theatrical trailer (0:02:10).
  • Trailers for other movies Sony.

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