Amazon Prime Video doesn’t offer everything in 4K Ultra HD, but subscribers can mine plenty of great original content in that enhanced resolution.
Although there are a select amount of titles not from Amazon Studios that boast 4K, it’s worth focusing on some of the in-house content here.
Whether it’s due to visual splendor or the quality of the programs themselves, there’s variety for all. Check out four Amazon Prime Video TV shows and movies that are among the streamer’s best 4K content.
It’s a tall task in this day and age to have a fresh take on the superhero genre. Well, enter The Boys, which flips the script on protagonist/central character perspective in a unique way.
Instead of being told from the superheroes’ point of view, this series centers around a band of vigilantes who are disenchanted with the corporate-owned heroes. They take justice into their own hands, and the blend of action, humor and heart makes The Boys a huge success.
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Creator and star Phoebe Waller-Bridge made a brilliant show for the modern era. Two seasons. Six episodes in each. All episodes under 30 minutes.
It’s extremely easy to binge Fleabag, and by all means, do it if you haven’t. The 4K resolution is an added perk, but Waller-Bridge’s creation is simply excellent.
Both seasons are 100% on Rotten Tomatoes. Season 2 netted Waller-Bridge Best Actress SAG, Golden Globe and Primetime Emmy Awards.
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
This period piece from the ’50s and ’60s in New York City stars Rachel Brosnahan as a housewife who pursues her passion for stand-up comedy.
Fans of that art form will especially love this show, but even those less enthusiastic about it can find delight in it. The writing and acting are briliant, and in 4K, the cinematography and costume design presents a classic, vintage throwback look at the Big Apple.
Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan
Renowned actors Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and Chris Pine held the title role before John Krasinski. The last couple movie attempts didn’t go so well, and Amazon made the right call crafting a TV show instead.
Krasinski is perfect for the part. He shot to stardom as Jim from The Office, and that spirit works for this fish-out-of-water, out-of-his-depth Jack Ryan. It’s true to the source material, and really works better as a series to build his character.
Writer-director Scott Z. Burns did an outstanding job crafting this incredible true tale of a staffer named Daniel Jones (Adam Driver) who uncovers disturbing information about the U.S. military’s use of torture.
The report featured in this film named The Report tallies 6,700 pages, compiled over a period of years. Despite the seemingly dry subject matter, Burns builds a compelling drama, anchored by Driver’s grounded lead performance and Annette Bening as Senator Dianne Feinstein.
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Shia LaBeouf went through a tough time, to the point where he thought his acting career was over. After going to court-ordered rehab, he emerged with an original screenplay for Honey Boy.
The film is essentially autobiographical, except the character names are different. LaBeouf costars as a character based on his father, while Noah Jupe and Lucas Hedges play younger and older versions of LaBeouf himself, respectively.
It’s an extremely moving film that went largely overlooked during awards season. Directed by Alma Har’el, Honey Boy received exceptional Rotten Tomatoes scores from critics (93%) and audiences (92%) alike.
LaKeith Stanfield may be one of the more underrated actors working today. He stars as Carl King, who’s wrongly convicted of murder, and the movie revolves around his best friend trying to prove he’s innocent.
Perhaps it’s the sports fan in yours truly, but another point of intrigue lies in here. Nnamdi Asomugha, the former All-Pro NFL cornerback, helped produce Crown Heights, and costars with Stanfield.
The Lost City of Z
Speaking of actors who kind of fly under the radar, Charlie Hunnam counts as one. He leads The Lost City of Z, adapted from a novel of the same name that tells the story of a British explorer searching for a legendary Amazon city.
It helps that the subject matter ties in with the streaming service, doesn’t it? But in all seriousness, it’s a great film, and is one of several great indie roles for Robert Pattinson in recent years.
If you’re trying to comb through Pattinson’s less known filmography before his turn as Batman, you could do worse than by starting here.