4K tellies aren't nearly as rare as they once were, and there's a very good chance you've already got one.
But finding things to watch on it in that lovely 4K resolution (you can call it UHD if you prefer) can still be somewhat tricky. There's a fair bit out there if you know where to look, though, and the even better news is that we've done the looking for you.
So with no further ado, here are the 25 very best TV shows and movies that are currently available in 4K. We've even included a direct link to buy or stream each one. You're welcome!
And if you've not yet boarded the 4K train, here are the best 4K TVs available right now
It might be an homage to all things 80s (think ET meets The Goonies meets The Thing), but other than the scratchy, retro opening title, everything about Stranger Things’ production is cutting edge. It was actually shot in 6K, but even on our backwards 4K TVs the picture is stunning. Gruesomely so at the more horror-tinged points of the series. But whether you’re an AV nerd or not, this demands to be seen – it’s eight episodes of truly stunning, surprising, unique television.
If you thought your family was messed up, wait ‘til you get a load of the Rayburn’s. From the outside they look like the luckiest buggers in the world, what with their beautiful Floridian home/hotel and the sort of lifestyle that a sloth might describe as being a bit too slow-paced. But beneath that outer sheen lies a web of terrible secrets that begin leaking out to tragic effect over the course of the first season. It’s brilliantly interweaving, back-stabby stuff, and boy does Florida look lovely in 4K.
If the first season of Netflix’s flagship show was all about the rise of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar, the second promises to capture the true story of his downfall after years on the run. We’re hoping for the same mix of tense action sequences, real news footage and superb moustaches. It’ll be worth watching in 4K for the extra detail on Escobar’s fine selection of sweaters alone.
This first UHD offering from Sky Cinema is a mud-caked classic. DiCaprio’s bear-wrestling trials and wintery tribulations might not be the way to warm up for a karaoke night, but the filmmaking and cinematography are as beautiful as the action is brutal. Yes, Leo deserved the Oscar, but it’s the The Revenant’s bleak, frozen world that make it worthy of being high on your new telly’s watch list.
Lawrence of Arabia
It might come as a surprise that a movie shot in the early ‘60s could come in new-fashioned 4K (at the time the best it could boast was Super Panavision 70 and Technicolor) but analogue film actually has all the detail needed to extract an Ultra HD picture. That means David Lean’s four-hour epic, which tells the story of T.E. Lawrence’s exploits in the Middle East during World War I, now has the pixels to do its breathtaking cinematography justice. With one of the finest soundtracks in movie history (and some Oscar-worthy performances from the camels) that makes it one seriously appealing package.