Avengers: Infinity War is now available on Blu-ray and 4K UHD. As you embark on your journey to watch the film a thousand more times, you may also wonder how best to recreate the cinematic experience of Marvel Studios’ epic achievement. The answer is both simple and affordable: TCL’s 6-series HDR Roku TV with Dolby Vision.
As down-to-earth as I’d like to believe I am, I can be a bit of a snob when it comes to how I watch movies. Every time I saw Avengers: Infinity War in theaters, it was either in Dolby Cinema or IMAX. Despite the exclusive IMAX aspect ratio with more in the frame, Dolby Cinema was the best way to watch the film. When Infinity War left Dolby Cinema theaters, my focus shifted to recreating that experience at home.
4K UHD television sets are hardly new. They’ve been around for several years. Despite my movie exhibition snobbery, I felt little desire to upgrade because I have a plasma that I absolutely love and, frankly, there were no Marvel Studios movies in 4K anyway.
That changed when Disney opted to finally embrace 4K technology for in-home releases with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 last year. That was when my search for the right 4K UHD TV began, but it was not an easy decision. Also, since GotG Vol. 2 came out in 4K last August, I decided to wait until the model year began this spring.
I knew Dolby Vision was a must-have feature in my 4K set. The contrast provided by Dolby’s high dynamic range is second to none on the big screen, so I needed the smaller, in-home version of that. My research kept leading me back to TCL, which offered Dolby Vision at a surprisingly affordable price.
When TCL introduced their 6-Series models this year, all the reviews backed them as a smart buy for consumers. Seeing is believing, though, and as I write this review with Infinity War playing on my own TCL 65″ 6-series HDR Roku TV with Dolby Vision, I feel like it’s April and May 2018 all over again. I’ve found the in-home counterpart to Marvel Studios’ greatest theatrical experience.
I could start quoting specs, but you can get those anywhere, including TCL’s official site. What’s more important, however, is that with minimal adjustments to the factory settings, the TCL 6-series is able to match the visual presentation I saw several times in Dolby Cinema. From the brightest whites to the deepest blacks and all of the rich colors in between, Infinity War looks just as amazing on TCL’s 6-Series as it did on those Dolby Cinema screens.
Disney may not have included Dolby Vision on the Infinity War 4K UHD disc, but TCL still has you covered. Dolby Vision is available via certain digital retailers, including Vudu, which you can access directly from the 6-Series. You’ll just need to redeem the digital code that comes with your disc (it’s best to use Movies Anywhere and connect all of your digital accounts to it).
I’m a tough customer when it comes to TVs. When TCL sent me this 6-Series to review, I powered it on with a scrutinous eye. A 65″ 4K UHD TV with built-in Roku and Dolby Vision, currently priced under $1,000? I put on Avengers: Infinity War ready to find something wrong with this set, but could not find a thing.
The 4K resolution is so good you can see just how much detail went into the creation of Thanos for the big screen. You can see everything, right down to the stubble on his [insert Star-Lord insult here] chin. Better still, are the colors, which are the same as what you saw in theaters, especially if you were in an auditorium that offered Dolby Vision.
Infinity War is a dark film, not just by subject matter, but also in its many scenes featuring low light. This is where TCL’s 6-series really shines. Scenes like the opening attack on the Asgardian refugee vessel, Thor’s quest on Nidavellier, and the heart-wrenching Soul Stone sacrifice on Vormir are displayed with perfect clarity without having to sacrifice the cinematic look and feel by turning up the brightness.
In case you’re wondering, all of Marvel Studios’ other 4K releases, especially Black Panther, look amazing on this set. The Avengers, just released on 4K, looks phenomenal and takes you back to when you first saw Earth’s Mightiest Heroes assemble for the Battle of New York in 2012.
If you’ve been considering the jump to 4K and are trying to figure out how to relive the Marvel cinematic experience, I cannot recommend TCL’s 6-Series highly enough. It delivers the performance fans expect without breaking their bank accounts. There really is no better value for your home theater.
Oh, and movies from other studios also look incredible on this set whenever you feel like taking a break from the MCU.