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1 hour ago, therockdltj said:

@Spork3245 I bet Guardians of the Galaxy vol 2 would be good in 4k if you like that movie.

 

I was debating between that, Thor: Ragnorok (which I enjoyed more) and/or Spider-Man Homecoming. However, I cannot find much on the latter two in regards to UHD/HDR quality. 

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37 minutes ago, Spork3245 said:

 

I was debating between that, Thor: Ragnorok (which I enjoyed more) and/or Spider-Man Homecoming. However, I cannot find much on the latter two in regards to UHD/HDR quality. 

Thor looks damn fine in HDR , Spiderman HC not so much.

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4 minutes ago, Spork3245 said:

I heard that the Fifth Element UHD remaster is really good - any truth to that? I love that movie. :p 

I found it kind of it inconsistent , some scenes the actors have a sickly pale coloration thats off putting.

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On 6/30/2018 at 1:41 PM, SFLUFAN said:

The Last Jedi

Blade Runner 2049

 

The Last Jedi is one of the most disappointing 4K discs of the year. It does not look much different from the standard Blu-ray at all. Use of HDR was quite deliberately not taken advantage of since the filmmakers were intentionally going for a more muted colour palette to match the tone of the older films to a degree. The potential for light sabres that crackle with energy or star fields that twinkle in HDR against a velvety black space was not realized whatsoever. 

 

Blade Runner 2049 is one of the best HDR releases of 2018 though. 

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13 hours ago, Wild said:

Lawrence of Arabia

 

The UHD release has been announced, but no release date has yet been set. You can get a “mastered in 4K” on standard Blu-ray, but that is neither a 4K image, nor is it in HDR. 

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9 hours ago, Spork3245 said:

 

I was debating between that, Thor: Ragnorok (which I enjoyed more) and/or Spider-Man Homecoming. However, I cannot find much on the latter two in regards to UHD/HDR quality. 

 

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 does look great in HDR. Thor: Ragnarok looks amazing at times and not up to its potential at others. Spider-Man Homecoming does have some noticeable improvements over the standard Blu-Ray disc. 

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8 hours ago, SimpleG said:

I found it kind of it inconsistent , some scenes the actors have a sickly pale coloration thats off putting.

 

Inconsistent is the perfect term for this UHD. Some scenes are just glorious and others needed someone to spend some more time getting it right. The opening scene when the sun is glinting off the metal that’s being used to light the chamber... THAT’s a gorgeous implementation of HDR. 

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My go-to demo disc for HDR is the original Pacific Rim

 

I love the quality of my 2017 LG OLED TV regardless of what I’m watching, but I’m always looking for those titles that really show what it can do, for when someone asks why OLED TVs are worth the price. Prior to firing this title up I would give the nod to Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and Kong Skull Island for most striking use of HDR I’ve seen. However, nearly every scene on the 4K UHD HDR Pacific Rim disc serves as justification for the format.  It’s like the movie was custom made to be a showcase for the technology. 

 

Derived and upscaled from a 2K digital intermediate, it isn’t the sharpest 4K disc out there, but the colours and specular highlights just pop off the screen. Pure eye candy at every turn. 

 

Plus it’s a fun watch of a movie that is way better than it has any right to be. 

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Planet Earth 2 has some astounding 4K HDR scenes throughout. It does have some scenes that stand out by comparison that were not filmed in 4K, but for the most part this is a demo-worthy series.

Transformers Last Knight may be one of the very best implementations of striking HDR to date, it’s just a shame that it was wasted on such a terrible movie. As a visual spectacle it is one gorgeous disc.

Pacific Rim Uprising is a good looking disc, but it doesn’t quite live up to the standard set by the original’s UHD release. Same for the movie itself. 

XXX Return of Xander Cage was probably the worst implementation of HDR I’ve seen. I’ve heard some people say they loved it but I found so much of it to be totally oversaturated. All the actors looked like they had sunburns or something.

Wonder Woman has lots of great looking HDR showcase scenes. It’s a good disc, if not in my top-tier list. 

Justice League makes great use of HDR on a regular basis, though particularly in the final battle scenes, where energy crackles off the screen. Cyborg’s glowing components pop nicely throughout. 

Jumanji Welcome to the Jungle is a fantastic disc. Elements like the glowing Jewel really pop off the screen and the jungle foliage has a lifelike appearance brought to life through HDR that is muted on the standard Blu Ray. 

The original Jumanji is a nice uptick from older releases, but nothing to knock your socks off. 

The Incredibles has some striking scenes and it looks razor sharp, but boy oh boy does the crispness show off the limitations of early CG. 

The original Blade Runner is a strong argument for what 4K HDR can bring to catalogue releases. Beautiful disc. The city lights in this film have never looked more striking.

Alien Covenant was a good looking film. It had its moments for sure. 

Baywatch was a nice uptick from standard Blu Ray. The extra resolution has the effect of making some of the visual effects like fire in an early scene look more artificial- ie you can tell they are definitely visual effects, but this is still the best way to watch the film, regardless.

Black Panther - this is a film that has some standout HDR usage at times (and other times where they didn’t do quite as good a job). But all the shiny metal in the movie looks so much more lifelike here than on the standard Blu Ray. Strongly Recommended. 

Cars 3 - oh heck yeah, this is a 4K stunner. The glint and gleam is well done. 

Coco - the colours... the lights... there are several demo-worthy moments throughout this film. 

Deadpool has a nice improvement over the standard Blu Ray. Extra detail is apparent in his suit and throughout the film. HDR usage adds extra depth to the image though nothing that will cause your eyes to melt. 

Ghost in the Shell is another nice looking disc. 

Kingsman 2 had some really nice looking scenes, it’s just a shame the movie itself was a disappointment

La La Land has some very colourful scenes and the added depth to the colours makes everything feel so lifelike. 

Logan - I actually watched this movie on both 4K UHD and standard Blu Ray side by side to compare. The HDR in a movie with a muted colour palette like this one comes through in the details. Extra detail in the clouds where it is just clipped to white on the standard Blu. Extra shadow details. Extra clarity in facial features or background elements.

The Mummy (with Brendan Fraser) - wow this is a night and day difference over the standard Blu Ray release. Another one I watched in a side by side comparison. There is so much extra visual information to be found on the UHD disc in the shadows. Colours have been dramatically improved. The standard Blu Ray also has heavy use of DNR that is not present here. Heavy film grain at times (for those that hate film grain). 

The Mummy (with Tom Cruise) - yeah it had some good moments of, “HDR makes things look better!” sprinkled throughout

Power Rangers - mediocre movie - fantastic picture. Really really nice UHD disc visually. 

Valerian - well it certainly has some standout moments visually. Not as epically awesome as I’d hoped but good. 

A Wrinkle in Time - my 8yo daughter loved it. It isn’t the best movie for the adult crowd, but it certainly does pop off the screen visually. Very pretty HDR

Murder on the Orient Express. The image is a fantastic example of 4K resolution, though the use of HDR here is all about subtlety and naturalistic enhancements rather than blowing your socks off. 

Pitch Perfect 3 - nothing to write home about, but a nice uptick from the standard Blu Ray again. 

Peter Rabbit - stay away from the 4K disc. Looks better on Standard Blu Ray. 

Underworld Blood Wars - a nice looking transfer. 

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them - y’know there is some nice use of HDR at times, but I often felt like they could have turned it up a couple of notches too. 

Suicide Squad... yeah, nothing to write home about here, that I recall

The Legend of Tarzan - there are some stunning HDR moments sprinkled in here and there. 

I own about 30 more 4K UHD Blu Rays that I haven’t watched yet. I have found that the format and particularly HDR has reignited my passion for movies in a big way. When a film has great implementation of this tech, it can be transformative.
 

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21 minutes ago, nacthenud said:

Some 4K UHD discs to Stay away from:

Forrest Gump

SAN Andreas

Peter Rabbit

Oblivion

Bourne Identity 

The accountant

 

Damn... I was totally getting at least six copies of Peter Rabbit! :p 

 

How is HDR on Netflix streaming? 

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I’ve been buying 4K digital codes like crazy. It’s definitely not as good as physical media, but it’s not that much of a difference (in terms of picture). The big difference is audio for physical. 

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5 hours ago, atom631 said:

I’ve been buying 4K digital codes like crazy. It’s definitely not as good as physical media, but it’s not that much of a difference (in terms of picture). The big difference is audio for physical. 

 

Well, I would beg to differ there. Due to compression/relatively low bitrate, level of detail on a 4K streamed title isn’t even as high as a standard Blu Ray disc, let alone a 4K UHD.

 

HDR sometimes lacks the subtlety that makes things seem natural and realistic over streams too. 

 

I’ve compared a few 4K HDR iTunes movies over Apple TV 4K vs the UHD and found the discs to be superior, visually. 

 

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5 hours ago, nacthenud said:

 

Well, I would beg to differ there. Due to compression/relatively low bitrate, level of detail on a 4K streamed title isn’t even as high as a standard Blu Ray disc, let alone a 4K UHD.

 

HDR sometimes lacks the subtlety that makes things seem natural and realistic over streams too. 

 

I’ve compared a few 4K HDR iTunes movies over Apple TV 4K vs the UHD and found the discs to be superior, visually. 

 

This topics has been beat to death on HT forums. The consensus is there is definitrly a noticeable  difference, but more in the sound department than video. 

 

 

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Well, we don’t have HT forums anymore, so we’d better start the debate again. ?

 

I’m just speaking from my own personal observations. If you don’t see a noticeable visual difference on your screen with your viewing conditions and your eyes, then that’s great. I absolutely see the difference on my screen with my viewing conditions with my eyes and I am grateful for the superior quality that UHD 4K Blu Ray offers. 

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It is a shame that it never got the 4K treatment her, but I would highly suggest Paddington 2 import from the UK. Great use of HDR throughout the film with tons of bright and very colourful costumes/scenery. Plus I agree with a lot mentioned above like Guardians of the Galaxy 2, Logan, Bladerunner/2049, and Passengers.

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1 hour ago, nacthenud said:

Well, we don’t have HT forums anymore, so we’d better start the debate again. ?

 

I’m just speaking from my own personal observations. If you don’t see a noticeable visual difference on your screen with your viewing conditions and your eyes, then that’s great. I absolutely see the difference on my screen with my viewing conditions with my eyes and I am grateful for the superior quality that UHD 4K Blu Ray offers. 

 

I see the difference as well. However, it comes down to whether or not if its worth $25+ for that difference. IMO, for the majority of movies, its not worth it. I buy physical for the big releases  or where the blu-ray is being reviewed as exceptional. There arent many of those (my list is above). My next physical purchase will be Ready Player One. 

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