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‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ Now Streaming On Netflix in 4k & HDR

‘A Series of Unfortunate Events’ Now Streaming On Netflix in 4k & HDR
Sam Donaldson

A-Series-of-Unfortunate-Events-still-2The first season of the Netflix Original Series Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events is now available to stream in its entirety. The season consists of eight, 50-minute episodes starting with “The Bad Beginning: Part 1” and “A Bad Beginning: Part Two.”

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events can be streamed in up to 4k resolution with HDR (High Dynamic Range) — the specification that adds more color depth and detail to video and photographic images. But only certain 4k TVs will support the format (read more about streaming in 4k and HDR with Netflix). [Update: While Netflix announced the series would stream in HDR, it does not appear to be available in HDR, only 4k UHD.]

The series looks much better on a TV set than a PC. Watching within an internet browser, the video lacks contrast and appears much flatter than other Netflix Originals. On a tablet and phone, there is a bit more contrast but the subtle details of this series are lost on smaller screens. But on a 1080p (Full HD) or 2160p (Ultra HD) TV, the video quality really stands out.

Based on the best-selling book series by author Lemony Snicket (aka Daniel Handler), the series stars Emmy and Tony Award winner Neil Patrick Harris as the villain, Count Olaf, along with Malina Weissman and Louis Hynes as Violet and Klaus Baudelaire, respectively.

Additional cast members include 2-time Oscar-nominated Joan Cusack, K. Todd Freeman, Usman Ally, Matty Cardarople, and John DeSantis. The series was directed by Emmy Award winner Barry Sonnenfeld and Daniel Handler,

Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events premiered on Netflix January 13, 2017.

Paramount/DreamWorks’ film adaption of the book titled Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events was released to theaters in 2004. In the film, Jim Carrey starred as the infamous Count Olaf and Jude Law provided voiceover acting for the narrator Lemony Snicket (also the pen name of novelist Daniel Handler).

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  1. Stephen and Ray you are correct. Thanks for confirming. Not streaming in HDR as of yet.

  2. Hi Ray! Knowing whether or not a title is streaming in HDR can be tricky. Netflix has(or had) a small icon that would say Dolby Vision (like on this screenshot: https://goo.gl/UeUyie), but lately it just says 4k Ultra HD. You have to be sure your 4k TV is HDR capable (and enabled), and if using a media player or UHD BD player it is also HDR capable and enabled.

    As far as ASOUE, Netflix said in a press release it would be offered in HDR. Here is the list from that PR. https://goo.gl/ebvfsE

    A Series of Unfortunate Events
    Bloodline
    Chef’s Table
    Hibana
    Knights of Sidonia
    Marvel’s Daredevil
    Marvel’s Iron Fist
    Marvel’s Jessica Jones
    Marvel’s Luke Cage
    Marvel’s The Defenders
    The Do-Over
    The Ridiculous Six

  3. The Cobra

    It’s not in HDR in the UK only 4K. There is not 4K HDR content on Netflix UK.

    • Stephen

      You aren’t missing anything in the UK since unfortunately it’s not in hdr anywhere. The title of this blog post should be updated.

  4. Ray

    I’d like to know where the information about this being in HDR came from, because this show launched in SDR and netflix is now saying that the HDR version is not coming (via John Archer of Forbes).

  5. Cheryl Howard

    You have to pay extra for H D R. on Netflix.

  6. Stephen

    Thanks for the info on your site. It doesn’t appear that a series of unfortunate events is streaming on netflix in hdr yet, at least not on my vizio p-series. Also when I search netflix for ‘hdr’ it doesn’t come up. Not sure if you can confirm. Thanks

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