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Should I buy 4k disks?

I have a UHD HDR 3D player (Oppo 203) but my TV is a Viera ST60 [ last 3D plasma from about 2013 ]. Since I’m retired I will probably not upgrade my main TV for a while (maybe 5 years). I’ve gotten several 4K disks in the past — 4K/3D combos of Ghostbusters. Passengers, Guardians 2, and a couple of 4K only when the price difference was minimal — typically black friday specials when the 4K was 12.99 and the regular was 10.99. But now I’m wondering what should be my strategy with forthcoming purchases. How much more should I be willing to pay for stuff that I essentially can’t use for several years (assuming that I don’t upgrade our bedroom TV). At the moment I’m still buying 3D over 4K if no combo is available and buying the combo if it is and I want the movie.

Kevin Collins

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  • I've got a Panasonic player and a 1080p projector (which has pseudo 4K "upscale - a 2012 JVC model) and the HDR-SDR conversion works great. I had to tweak the Panasonic's features considerably, by eye, but it looks good to me now - the visual difference between the UK Sony Blade Runner 4K and regular BD was certainly noticeable to me. I'll upgrade the project in a couple of years once JVC has perfected the 4K technology a bit more.

  • Other than the GoTG2 and Kong bestbuy 3d/uhd steelbooks I haven't paid more than $22 for any 4k discs, and most ive gotten for under $20. There is always something on sale every week.

  • DaveF

    I'll start buying UHD over BD when the price premium is small, maybe $5 or less. I hope to upgrade in displays next year.

    For example, when the UHD is $18 vs the BD at $15, I'd buy the 4K version

    But if UHD is $30 versus $20 for BD, I'll buy BD or buy nothing until I upgrade to 4K and hope the UHD drops to $20 in the next year or two.

    That time is already here for some films. This week's 'Wonder' release was $22.99 on 4K and $19.99 on standard Blu. Other films have been similarly priced.

    If you go to Target and have RedCard, don't forget that 5% of $22.99 is slightly greater than 5% of $19.99 so that closes that $3 gap a little bit too, about 16 cents. That makes the 4K a $21.84 purchase and the standard Blu-ray a $18.99 purchase.

    Mark

  • DaveF

    For example, when the UHD is $18 vs the BD at $15, I'd buy the 4K version

    Here in the UK the differential seems to widening :(
    DVD is £9.99, Blu Ray £14.99 and many 4Ks either £19.99 or £24.99 for new 'big' releases - ie Dunkirk, GOTG2.
    We do get some limited '2 for £30' deals on older titles, but never seem to get the kind of deals that USA stores offer.....
    Not sure how this ongoing increase in 4k pricing is going to help an emerging market....

  • I recently upgraded to the LG C7 OLED from the Panny ST60 because I felt the time was right an I have not been disappointed the PQ is jaw-dropping, maybe the OP should look at upgrading now and getting a small amount for his TV than waiting later when, to be honest, they will be worthless.

  • I had no plans to get into 4K discs, but I needed a new player and there was a Panasonic UHD on sale for not much more than a decent standard blu-ray machine, so I ended up getting one. I still have a 1080p set and have no intention to upgrade until it dies on me.

    I buy very few new releases, but thought I might as well get the best going froward. So far I've bought the original Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049 and Dunkirk, along with E.T. and Close Encounters, which are particular favourites. I'm not going to replace many blu-rays I already have, unless it's a film I really love and the 4K represents a significant upgrade.

  • sleroi

    Other than the GoTG2 and Kong bestbuy 3d/uhd steelbooks I haven't paid more than $22 for any 4k discs, and most ive gotten for under $20. There is always something on sale every week.

    All my UHD purchases have been under $20 per film, with the majority being $15 or less. All but three of my 53 UHD films have been purchased for under $18. So, you can find deals if you are just patient and can resist buying a title when it first comes out.

  • Worth

    I had no plans to get into 4K discs, but I needed a new player and there was a Panasonic UHD on sale for not much more than a decent standard blu-ray machine, so I ended up getting one. I still have a 1080p set and have no intention to upgrade until it dies on me.

    I buy very few new releases, but thought I might as well get the best going froward. So far I've bought the original Blade Runner and Blade Runner 2049 and Dunkirk, along with E.T. and Close Encounters, which are particular favourites. I'm not going to replace many blu-rays I already have, unless it's a film I really love and the 4K represents a significant upgrade.

    But it is a significant upgrade in most cases, so I am a little confused as to why you think it isn't. ( i remember the same comments about DVD over BR back in the day).

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