This is a difficult film for me to review as a 4k disc, as I know little about the production and post,
except that it has more than a few effects.
As far as I can tell, it was shot on two speeds of Eastman negative stock, which would account for
the heavy grain structure seen generally throughout. Whether this might be combined with a bit of
sharpening to help bring out details, I know not.
Some shots, especially with effects do not exhibit this appearance.
But regardless, at least to my eyes, a film which never looked particularly good in earlier
incarnations for home video, now appears decidedly better, particularly from a normal
seating distance, which grain disappears, and the image becomes integrated and detailed,
with a nice pop of either contrast, or HDR (for those with flat panels, Dolby Vision is
Colors and densities come to the fore, with reds popping even more than they had in
the past, as 4k allows proper reproduction.
Main titles look a bit odd (processing), but nothing here to be concerned about.
Audio, now in Dolby Atmos, sounds fine.
A fun, cult sci-fi film from 1990, that’s always been a crowd-pleaser.
Image – 5
Audio – 5 (Dolby Atmos)
Pass / Fail – Pass
Upgrade from Blu-ray – Yes
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