One of the most talked about movies of 2022, EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE at first was thought of as a movie that might have had a small theatrical release For me, this was a great way to do a multi-verse story after the Marvel Cinematic Universe has had a few too many swings at. That franchise has had their time, and in the Daniels’ vision we have something extremely quirky but totally accessible to audiences. It all involves multiple worlds all revolving around a Chinese family, a laundromat and an IRS investigation with far too many story and character threads to write about here. The real magic here is utilizing all forms of storytelling to suggest something huge around them while also staying intimate throughout, keeping it incredibly interesting. My writer Antonio also had a few things to say about the SxSW premiere last year!
It’s all weird, and sometimes even a little TOO weird and showy for me at times, but you can’t deny its eager to please attitude and as well a great showcase for its incredible talent of Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu, the legend James Hong and especially the long-awaited comeback for Ke-Huy Quan, who I think is the front runner for Best Supporting Actor Oscar. And of course let’s not forget Jamie Lee Curtis (also nominated) who has been busier than ever with roles as of late. EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE is leading this year with 11 nominations and even with all of its eccentricity, I think it has a big shot at taking home the big prize.
About the 4k release:
To no surprise, the 4k transfer here is outstanding. The movie has multiple aspect ratios throughout but it lives inside a 1.85:1 frame, and Elevation has pretty much just published the LionsGate 4k disc with an outstanding transfer that really shows off all of the different cinematic style. Right from the first “shadow/mirror” type shot that is relatively dark, it really picks up from the office scenes with terrific clarity in its digital cinematography that I can clearly tell was designed with a “film out” look, especially as the aspect ratio changes. The soundtrack is available in both Dolby Atmos and DTS Master Audio, a choice that I really like to keep compatible with different sound systems.
On the bonus front, there is a commentary track by the Daniels absolutely worth a listen, and some deleted scenes and the usual featurettes. This is surprisingly a bit more than the usual for current movies so I liked seeing the additional content. A Blu Ray is also included, and there is also an included Apple TV Digital Copy which I redeemed and has the exact same transfer and also includes the extras. Digital Copies seem to be disappearing from most home video releases but I still want them as I like to have both a physical copy and a digital one as backup.
Overall it’s a solid disc and even though I know there are streaming options in Canada, this is definitely one for the shelf.
EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE is now available on 4k disc, Blu Ray and DVD. Not only is it on home video but it’s also streaming on Amazon Prime, and even some cities are bringing the movie back to theatres for theatrical release, so thankfully it’s an easy movie to track down. Our thanks to Elevation Pictures for sending along a copy for review.