Film Review – Super 8 4K (2011)


Writer/director J.J. Abrams and producer Steven Spielberg join forces for the extraordinary tale of youth, mystery, and adventure SUPER 8, debuting on 4K Ultra HD 24th May 2021 from Paramount Home Entertainment.

Originally released on June 10, 2011, SUPER 8 celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Newly remastered for this 4K Ultra HD release, the critically acclaimed film stars Joel Courtney (The Kissing Booth), Kyle Chandler (“Friday Night Lights”), and Elle Fanning (“The Great”).  Hailed upon its release as “the year’s most thrilling, feeling mainstream movie” (Richard Corliss, Time), SUPER 8 is Certified Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes.


SUPER 8 tells the story of six friends who witness a train wreck while making a Super 8 movie, only to discover that something unimaginable escaped during the crash.  They soon discover that the only thing more mysterious than what it is, is what it wants. 


Super 8 was first released in 2011 and is set in the summer of 1979, which may explain why it is ageing well. It is as good today, as it was 10 years ago, but with the added bonus that you can watch this film in 4K Ultra HD.

The film is so sharp, you are experiencing the train crash as it happens, I think I held my breath for the entire scene and was quite as shocked as the kids were! So much detail, with sharp crisp images, is exactly how J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg wanted you to experience it!

This non-stop action film is a true classic with scenes that will make you scream, make you jump from the suspense, you know it is coming but it makes you jump all the same and an element of teenage love in the middle of an alien attack (or rather a military attack!)

The children are brilliant actors, each one of them playing their role to such talent that they draw you in and you become part of their gang, wanting to be a part of the movie they are making, feeling the emotions with Joe Lamb, who has recently lost his mother, and rooting for all of them to get through the night alive.

A great family movie made better with the remastered 4K Blu-Ray option.

Super 8 is available on 4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray™ now.

Mystery, Sci-Fi | USA, 2011 | 12 | 4K UHD Blu-ray, Blu-Ray | 24th May 2021 (UK) | Paramount Home Entertainment | Dir.JJ Abrams | Kyle Chandler, Elle Fanning, Joel Courtney, Noah Emmerich, Ryan Lee, Zach Mills

4K Ultra HD Disc

  • Feature film in 4K Ultra HD

DISC 2: Blu-ray Disc

  • Feature film
  • Commentary by J.J. Abrams, Bryan Burk, and Larry Fong
  • Deconstructing the Train Crash – Uncover the Secrets Behind Filming the Astonishing Scene
  • 14 Deleted Scenes
  • The Dream Behind Super 8 (HD)
  • The Search for New Faces (HD)
  • Meet Joel Courtney (HD)
  • Rediscovering Steel Town (HD)
  • The Visitor Lives (HD)
  • Scoring Super 8 (HD)
  • Do You Believe in Magic? (HD)
  • The 8mm Revolution (HD)
  • Easter Eggs (HD)