Short and sweet.

Warner Bros. has created a magnificent new 4k Blu-ray of Frank Darabont’s 1994 The Shawshank Redemption, based on a novel by a then virtually unknown author.

Since the beginning of time, (yes, it was mentioned in The Bible) there have been horrific growing pains with the use of HDR on 4k discs – and that only occurred once the previous problems of the anti-grainers was solved.



Here, the problem of HDR seems to have been solved, with possibly one tiny side note.



What I’m seeing is that (even in projection, meaning less than perfect nit levels) the highlights pop as I’ve not seen before. Initially, it’s in the WB logo (pre-feature), and from then on more restrained.

But I’m loving this representation of the film, overseen by both Mr. Darabont as well as DP Roger Deakins.

If compared to the original Blu-ray, which is included, you’ll readily see the difference between an older IP scan and new highly resolved image harvest of the OCN.

My advice?

Do not walk.

Run!

Grab a copy. Especially if you view using a 4k projector.

Beautiful work.

Image – 5

Audio – 5 (DTS-HD MA 5.1)

Pass / Fail – Pass

Plays nicely with projectors – Absolutely

Makes use of and works well in 4k – 5

Very Highly Recommended

RAH
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Ronald Epstein

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Thank you, RAH. It’s great to come here and read a review like this about one of the most anticipated 4k releases this year.

I usually never have to worry about anything that comes out of Warner Bros.

I am looking forward to getting a copy in hand ASAP.
 

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Here, the problem of HDR seems to have been solved, with possibly one tiny side note.

What I'm seeing is that (even in projection, meaning less than perfect nit levels) the highlights pop as I've not seen before. Initially, it's in the WB logo (pre-feature), and from then on more restrained.
Does it then torch the eyes on an OLED or LED?
 

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I listen to that podcast and can confirm he has mentioned it a number of times.
 

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Anticipating the UHD, I watched the Digibook BD copy (17Mb VC-1) and it looked very nice projected at 120".
But I decided to keep the UHD preorder, even on my new retirement budget, and can't wait to watch it.
 

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I don’t know.colours and contrast and sharpness is better. From what I’ve seen , in the hands of a competent encoder, Blu ray spec is enough to resolve 35mm film

as they haven’t released a Blu ray remastered from the OCN scan I’m forced to get the UHD. UHD players have not been that reliable for me . Don’t like having to wash a disc , say a Hail Mary and hope the disc doesn’t freeze during playback

i have an Oppo 203 and Panasonic 9000.
 
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I don’t know.colours and contrast and sharpness is better. From what I’ve seen , in the hands of a competent encoder, Blu ray spec is enough to resolve 35mm film

as they haven’t released a Blu ray remastered from the OCN scan I’m forced to get the UHD. UHD players have not been that reliable for me . Don’t like having to wash a disc , say a Hail Mary and hope the disc doesn’t freeze during playback

i have an Oppo 203 and Panasonic 9000.
caps-a-holic is good only for judging resolution, not color or contrast or anything else. It does look like the 4K is better than the blu-ray in that regard.
 

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At first I was somewhat disinterested in upgrading this even though I love the film but after reading that the studio created a scan from the OCN and that the new disc is worth the upgrade, I'm all in. My only gripe is that uninspired artwork. Yikes. Now that Mr. Feltenstein is back at Warner maybe he'll bring back the original posters for the covers.
 

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I’m curious, is the blu-ray included with the UHD 4K the same as the blu-ray released years ago? The artwork on the old blu-ray is much better than the generic Blu-ray Disc enclosed with the 4K. I guess I’ll have to keep the old blu-ray anyway for the nice book that came with it.
 

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I’m curious, is the blu-ray included with the UHD 4K the same as the blu-ray released years ago? The artwork on the old blu-ray is much better than the generic Blu-ray Disc enclosed with the 4K. I guess I’ll have to keep the old blu-ray anyway for the nice book that came with it.

Yes, it's the same Blu-ray that's been out for years.
 

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My copy was delivered yesterday and we watched it last night. Absolutely gorgeous!

In another forum, I read some nitpicking about the audio having too much treble. That person must have something wrong with his system. The 4K sounded awesome to me!

Easily, in my top 10 films of all time! That's two Frank Darabont films in my top 10!

Mark