I’ve been asked if I’m prejudiced against older films to which HDR has been added, and I’m not.
It generally works fine, if not on projectors.
I’ve worked hard for aeons to get my projectors and panels to play nicely with HDR, going back to when it initially appeared along with digital audio tracks on laser discs. As I recall the disc was Miami Vice for digital audio.
Mr. Smith just wasn’t working for me. Blacks tended to clot, and darkness prevailed.
Back into settings.
I must thank Sony for instructions that hardly cover details, so after a helpful chat with Value Electronics Robert Zohn – his background is technical, so he knows his stuff – I experimented, and it seems that the Sony OLED panels will remember settings for both HDR as well as Dolby Vision, once you enter the expert area.
After an hour of experimentation – a wonderful Cabernet at hand, and helpful – Mr. Smith looks far better than before adjustment.
Is it better than the recent Blu-ray?
Not certain, as that was an exquisite job, and simply magnificent.
On an OLED, the imagery is better, but in this specific case, I’m just not seeing the need.
As to 4k, we do get a bit more resolution in pixel peeping mode, and it’s nice. But grain will be deplored by thousands, as it appears akin to a sand storm.
I can live with it, and it’s fine from a nominal seating distance, but I’m not seeing the need for 4k in home theaters for ancient films, that arrived just after sound.
As an aside, these comments are not against the work performed, which is fine. My thoughts regard the overall technology. These films should absolutely be restored and preserved in 4k.
4k Image – 5 – OLED Panel<br />
4k Image – 4 – Projection
Audio – 5
Pass / Fail – Pass
Upgrade from Blu-ray – Not necessarily
Very Highly Recommended
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