Cinemas have reopened across the UK… but for many of us, the idea of sitting in the dark with a bunch of strangers in an enclosed space doesn’t feel like safest or the most sensible course of action right now. Of course, that’s not to shame anyone who has chosen to visit the cinema in the past few months. Not is it meant to disparage the hard work that cinema employees are doing to keep their patrons safe. However, it’s also understandable that there are many who would prefer to stay away. Especially with many of the year’s biggest blockbusters such as Wonder Woman 1984, Black Widow and Mulan either going straight to video on demand or being pushed to the back end of the year for the time being.
With such a wealth of content available to us at home, both on physical discs and the colossal number of streaming services available to us these days, is it any wonder that many of us would prefer to enjoy movie nights at home? Just like you can make your garden feel like a holiday destination, you can make your living room feel like a cinema. Here we’ll take a look at the ultimate setup for the perfect movie night in…
A 4K TV and UHD Blu Ray Player
Feel like treating the family to a new TV? Now’s the perfect time to do it with gorgeous 4K LED and OLED TVs more readily available and affordable than ever. Streaming services are great. But for those who insist on a cinema-quality experience, only physical media has the bitrate capability to deliver amazing picture and sound. While many streaming services claim to offer 4K, you’re not getting the same dynamic range and colour gamut that you get from a physical disc.
A 5.1 surround sound setup
Great films are enjoyed through the ears as well as the eyes. And while soundbars offer much better quality sound than your TV’s speakers, there’s really no substitute for a 5.1 surround sound setup with 3 front speakers, 2 rear speakers and a subwoofer to lend real punch and gravitas to low frequencies.
A really comfy sofa
Of course, all the audio and video equipment in the world means nothing if you can’t have a comfy vantage point upon which to watch the action. And when getting the family together for movie nights, it’s fun to be able to sprawl on a deep fabric sofa or corner unit together. Or, just throw a bunch of cushions on the floor, huddle together under a duvet and let the movie magic commence!
A popcorn machine
A movie without treats is like a day without sunshine. Which is why you should invest in good quality popcorn as well as your usual sweet finger food of choice. Popcorn makers are like anything else. You can spend a fortune on one, or you can get a decent one for around 20 quid. This article in the Independent has some great suggestions to match any budget.
Now you have everything you need for a perfect movie night… And you don’t even have to sit in front of half an hour of ads and trailers.