A few words about…™ – Footloose — in 4k UHD

Footloose 4K Review

[SIZE=5][FONT=times new roman]I love re-visiting films from my childhood.

Herbert Ross’ 1984 Footloose, starring Kevin Bacon, and a whole lot of very young looking actors has arrived from Paramount in 4k UHD form, and the film is as good as it was 40 years ago, ie, it’s sweet and holds up reasonably nicely, with a hot track.

The news here for fans is a new Steelbook, with attractive graphics on the obverse and reverse, and a design that carries over on the opening side.

As a 4k release, Footloose is fine, but nothing special. Image quality is about as good as one would expect from a new Blu-ray derived from an IP. Colors are nice. It’s a very decent package. Just not up to 2024 4k standards.

First inkling that it’s a bit off is the Paramount logo, which is soft. Main Title sequence appears to have normal background grain, but all graphics are soft. Once we get into production footage, things are clean, but had me wondering precisely what I was looking at.

I’m thinking either an older 4k transfer, or something from an IP.

Track is crisp, clean DTS-HD MA 5.1.

Image – 6.5 (Dolby Vision)

Audio – 10 (DTS-HD MA 5.1)

Pass / Fail – Pass

Plays nicely with projectors – Yes

Makes use of and works well in 4k – 5

Upgrade from Blu-ray – If you love the film or metal packaging

Worth your attention – 6

Slipcover rating – n/a

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Robert has been known in the film industry for his unmatched skill and passion in film preservation. Growing up around photography, his first home theater experience began at age ten with 16mm. Years later he was running 35 and 70mm at home.

His restoration projects have breathed new life into classic films like Lawrence of Arabia, Vertigo, My Fair Lady, Spartacus, and The Godfather series. Beyond his restoration work, he has also shared his expertise through publications, contributing to the academic discourse on film restoration. The Academy Film Archive houses the Robert A. Harris Collection, a testament to his significant contributions to film preservation.

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I was on the fence about upgrading this one, but reckon I'll stick with my Blu-ray. That one at least has DTS-HD MA 6.1, which is, like, one more than 5.1.
 

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I love re-visiting films from my childhood.

Herbert Ross' 1984 Footloose, starring Kevin Bacon, and a whole lot of very young looking actors has arrived from Paramount in 4k UHD form, and the film is as good as it was 40 years ago, ie, it's sweet and holds up reasonably nicely, with a hot track.

The news here for fans is a new Steelbook, with attractive graphics on the obverse and reverse, and a design that carries over on the opening side.

As a 4k release, Footloose is fine, but nothing special. Image quality is about as good as one would expect from a new Blu-ray derived from an IP. Colors are nice. It's a very decent package. Just not up to 2024 4k standards.

First inkling that it's a bit off is the Paramount logo, which is soft. Main Title sequence appears to have normal background grain, but all graphics are soft. Once we get into production footage, things are clean, but had me wondering precisely what I was looking at.

I'm thinking either an older 4k transfer, or something from an IP.

Track is crisp, clean DTS-HD MA 5.1.

Image – 6.5 (Dolby Vision)

Audio – 10 (DTS-HD MA 5.1)

Pass / Fail – Pass

Plays nicely with projectors - Yes

Makes use of and works well in 4k - 5

Upgrade from Blu-ray - If you love the film or metal packaging

Worth your attention - 6

Slipcover rating - n/a

RAH



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I have heard what you’re saying here. Thank you for this informative review.
I heard something was off with this release in 4K.
I don’t know if I’m gonna rush out to grab this which is a pity because like you said it scratches that part of my brain that just loves revisiting the movies I grew up with


I’ll need to check this out

Thanks again, Mr. Harris
 

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Wasn't "It Happened One Night" released when you were in high school? ;)

Agree that this is a mediocre 4K. Not bad but just kinda blah.
Golly, I heard it was "The Kiss"
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