Paramount's new 4k is a viable addition to one's home theater library. 4 Stars

Forrest Gump, directed by Robert Zemeckis in 1994, and which won a few awards, is a timeless, wonderful film, that beautifully stands the test of time.

Sooo…

When I began assessing the new 4k Blu-ray with HDR, I had to look at certain attributes multiple times, and I’m still scratching my head.

While it generally looks superb, there are certain instances, presumably involving HDR, when things just look a bit out of wack.

Which causes me to wonder, once again, if certain films should be re-visited with the process.

I’m thinking that this one might have been better off going without.

With that single query, which is in no way a call to alarm, Paramount’s new 4k is a viable addition to one’s home theater library.

Dolby Atmos is always a welcome addition.

Image – 4.2

Audio – 5 (Dolby Atmos)

Pass / Fail – Pass

Very Highly Recommended

RAH

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I received my copy this week and will be watching it today. I'll report back my thoughts on this disc.
 

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"HDR is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get".

For the most part, this box of HDR looks pretty good. IMO, it's an improvement over the previous BD release. I love this film as it tears me up every single time I view it.
 

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The iTunes digital copy is currently $9.99. I'm thinking I'll wait until it goes on sale and then buy just a digital copy in 4K to go with my current Blu-ray.

Studios are asking too much for catalog titles in 4K. I'm happy to double (triple, quadruple) dip for certain titles but only if the price is right. $17.99 (current price at Amazon) is too much. At $9.99 for 4K Blu-ray catalog titles I'm a buyer.

In the meantime, I'll wait for an iTunes sale.

Mark
 

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I got a feeling you'll be waiting a long time as I've seen very few 4K releases selling for $9.99. You might get lucky in late November. As to the current price at Amazon of $17.99, I wish all catalog titles were priced that low.
 
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As to the current price at Amazon of $17.99, I wish all catalog titles were priced that low.
I'm with you, Robert. I have wanted Gladiator on UHD, and would bite at $18 - - but not at the $25 or more price it's going for. Same with some other titles. I haven't bought a UHD disc in awhile. Prices don't seem to be dropping much this time of year. Maybe around the holidays.
 

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I understand we’d all like cheaper prices on discs, but these are 4K UHD discs not blu-rays.

It does cost money to do these transfers. If consumers are only willing to pay bargin bin prices for a premium format or settle for a 4k stream of the movie then look for fewer films to be released to 4K disc.

You will end up getting less than optimal looking 4K transfers, and say goodbye to Dolby Atmos audio upgrades.
 

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I pre ordered Die Hard on UHD on Amazon for $24.99, it dropped before release to $19.99, and was available at Wal-Mart on release day for $17.99.

Ghost Protocol was $24.99 on release day at Amazon. Within a week it was down to $19.99.

And there are numerous other examples. So I don't think its completely fair to blame consumers unwillingness to pay more than $20 for a UHD since vendors are more or less conditioning is to do so.

I paid 28.99 for the matrix uhd (minus a barnes and noble coupon), and 27.99 for best buys pacific rim uprising uhd/3d combo.

So I am willing to pay for the fantastic product that is UHD blu ray. But just because I'm willing doesn't mean I'm going to if I'm fairly confident that if I wait a week or a month I can get it for less.
 
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Uneven UHD. Some shots are quite degrained. Others look +- unmolested. I'll pass for now.
 

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The iTunes digital copy is currently $9.99. I'm thinking I'll wait until it goes on sale and then buy just a digital copy in 4K to go with my current Blu-ray.
$9.99 is the sale price.
 

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I understand we’d all like cheaper prices on discs, but these are 4K UHD discs not blu-rays.

It does cost money to do these transfers. If consumers are only willing to pay bargin bin prices for a premium format or settle for a 4k stream of the movie then look for fewer films to be released to 4K disc.

You will end up getting less than optimal looking 4K transfers, and say goodbye to Dolby Atmos audio upgrades.
However, some studios find a way to offer UHD discs for a lot less than others. Is it a lot cheaper for Lionsgate or Universal to create a 4K transfer and put it on a UHD disc than Disney or Warner? Those same 4K transfers can then be found on iTunes or Vudu for $10 quite often while they are still $25 or more on a UHD disc. Does the actual disc justify a 2.5 - 3 times price difference? Those same 4K transfers are downsized to 1080p and sold on BD for much less in many cases, too. Is the cost difference between pressing a BD and a UHD enough to justify that much higher price?

We all have our price limits for buying products. I have set mine at no more than $20 for a single film on a UHD disc, and have about 60 UHD titles on my shelves sticking to that limit -- my average cost is around $16 per UHD title. So why should I pay $25 - $30 for a title when it's been shown they can be offered for $15 - $20?
 

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I'm with you, Robert. I have wanted Gladiator on UHD, and would bite at $18 - - but not at the $25 or more price it's going for. Same with some other titles. I haven't bought a UHD disc in awhile. Prices don't seem to be dropping much this time of year. Maybe around the holidays.
With this is a film that I think you are really missing out, it is just gorgeous. The real improvement isn't just resolution but the bright daylight and shaded conversations etc are just so convincing looking. The gradations of color in skin from actor to actor is something I've yet to see better. What a great film.
 

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With this is a film that I think you are really missing out, it is just gorgeous. The real improvement isn't just resolution but the bright daylight and shaded conversations etc are just so convincing looking. The gradations of color in skin from actor to actor is something I've yet to see better. What a great film.
We missed out on a lot of things in life. We all have our own discretionary spending budgets, some larger than others. I will never criticize somebody else for showing spending restraints when it comes to their personal situation as I can only walk in my own shoes.
 

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I'm with you, Robert. I have wanted Gladiator on UHD, and would bite at $18 - - but not at the $25 or more price it's going for. Same with some other titles. I haven't bought a UHD disc in awhile. Prices don't seem to be dropping much this time of year. Maybe around the holidays.
It's not $18, but it's $19.99 on Amazon now.
 

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Yeah, I figured that out after I posted. That’s too much for just a digital copy of an older catalog title I already own on Blu.

I’ll wait for the 4K Blu to fall below $10.

Mark
Good luck with that.:)
 

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Yeah, I figured that out after I posted. That’s too much for just a digital copy of an older catalog title I already own on Blu.

I’ll wait for the 4K Blu to fall below $10.

Mark
Doubt that will ever happen. Has any major title been below $10?
 

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Doubt that will ever happen. Has any major title been below $10?
No. $15 is the drop price for 99% of titles that have been out for a long time...unless it is WB, or Disney/Marvel. They hover around $20-$22.
 
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We missed out on a lot of things in life. We all have our own discretionary spending budgets, some larger than others. I will never criticize somebody else for showing spending restraints when it comes to their personal situation as I can only walk in my own shoes.
True but even then there are certain films ,Gladiator being one, that I think the OP would find that it was money well spent since it not only has been done right but it is a great film. Not many of those out there IMO.