I’ve checked a second copy, and the pixelation problem seems to be a defective disc.
However, for some reason, the Theatrical is projecting as SDR, even though it is not.
This may be player or projector specific, so I’d not be concerned. Trying to figure it out of my end.
Bootleg runs perfectly.
Cameron Crowe’s now 21 year-old Almost Famous is one of those perfect films that appears with great rarity.
Two cuts of the film have been around for quite awhile, and while the “Bootleg” cut sounds to be something that shouldn’t be discussed on HTF, it isn’t what it seems – just an alternate director’s cut – and the one that I prefer.
Paramount’s new 4k gives us both cuts, plus a myriad of features, that makes it one of the finest special editions to be released in many a moon.
It’s jam-packed with high quality material.
While I wanted to get a review on line, I need to make it clear that I’ve received a defective copy, so that while I’m comfortable discussing the “untitled” cut, I’m going to hold off on the theatrical, as my copy has extremely heavy pixelation, which leads me to wonder if it’s also somehow affecting the overall look of the film.
The Untitled Bootleg cut is a magnificent affair (as photographed by John Toll) both visually and aurally, with superb color, shadow detail, a tight, pleasant grain structure, and an overall beautifully resolved image.
One of the things that kept going through my head I watched the Bootleg, was how absolutely perfect casting appears.
One look at the cast is akin to a who’s who of top talent of the era.
Billy Crudup, Frances McDormand, Kate Hudson, Jason Lee, Zooey Deschanel, Anna Paquin, Fairuza Balk, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Bijou Phillips, and Jimmy Fallon as The Beaver.
And then there’s the wonderful newcomer, Patrick Fugit.
There are also a few songs.
What an absolute pleasure to see this one in 4k.
Kudos to Paramount for a very special edition.
Image – Theatrical Cut –
Bootleg Cut – 5
Audio – 5 (DTS-HD MA 5.1)
Pass / Fail – Pass
Plays nicely with projectors – Yes
Very Highly Recommended
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