Another great set 4.5 Stars

Sony’s Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection Volume 2 is a collection of six distinct film favorites each representing a decade from the studio’s history, available on 4K UHD Blu-ray for the first time.

Disc Information
Studio: Sony
Distributed By: N/A
Video Resolution: 2160p HEVC w/HDR
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Audio:
Subtitles:
Rating: Not Rated
Run Time:
Package Includes: UHD, Blu-ray, Digital Copy, Other
Case Type: 2-disc UHD keepcase with slipcover for each feature, all movies housed in a deluxe gift box
Disc Type: UHD
Region: All
Release Date: 10/12/2021
MSRP: $164.99

The Production: 4.5/5

This second volume of six movies from Columbia Pictures, each reviewed individually, consists of the following:

Anatomy of a Murder

Oliver!

Taxi Driver

Stripes

Sense and Sensibility

The Social Network

For most, the initial reaction to this collection of films seem extremely unrelated. But as noted by Julie Kirgo in her Introduction in the included hard-bound book included in this second volume:

And that’s the unparalleled joy of these six Columbia Classics: through themes of loneliness, isolation, and outsiders looking for their place in the world, these films present their characters and subjects with endless humanity, striking visual dexterity, and hard-won humor.

The main characters for each film deal with those issues and eventually win out, for better or worse. Many of the films were chosen by fans based on a poll conducted by the studio earlier this year.

Video: 5/5

3D Rating: NA

Nearly every film in this set benefits greatly from these new 4K UHD transfers (the possible exception being The Social Network, the only movie in the set that was shot digitally and did not originate from a true 4K source). Pretty much what one expects these days from Sony when it comes to catalog releases.

Audio: 4.5/5

Taxi Driver was the only film in this set that did not receive a Dolby Atmos mix. The remaining five films have more immersive Atmos mixes and are quite enjoyable, but none are exactly demo-worthy mixes.

Special Features: 4.5/5

A few films have some new extras (mostly theatrical trailers) on the UHD disc, and even a few films have newly remastered Blu-rays utilizing the same 4K source transfer (the exceptions being Taxi Driver and The Social Network). Many of the archival extras have also been included.

Packaging and Collectible Book: The set comes housed in a box that folds out to reveal three movies on each side, each one housed in its own UHD keepcase, allowing the collector the option of placing the entire box on his or her shelf OR removing the six films and placing them on the shelf with their other movies in their library. Behind the fold out enclosures is a hard bound book that includes individual essays on each film by Julie Kirgo (and lots of production stills and other artwork), plus restoration notes and other short essays and a bonus Blu-ray disc in an attached disc sleeve on the back cover.

Bonus Disc:
For this volume, the studio has included a collection of 20 classic short films from the studio’s vaults, newly remastered in 1080p high definition. Total running time is 3 hours and 3 minutes.

Umpa (1933)

The Three Stooges: Disorder in the Court
(1936)

Charley Chase: Man Bites Lovebug (1937)

Color Rhapsodies: Little Match Girl (1937)

Charley Chase: The Sap Takes a Wrap (1939)

Color Rhapsodies: Dog, Cat and Canary (1945)

The Ragtime Bear (1949)

The Wonder Gloves (1951)

Georgie and the Dragon (1951)

Madeline (1952)

Pete Hothead (1952)

The Tell-Tale Heart (1953)

When Magoo Flew (1954)

The Man on the Flying Trapeze (1954)

Christopher Crumpet’s Playmate (1955)

Stage Door Magoo (1955)

April in Portugal (1956)

The Chubb-Chubbs! (2002)

The Early Hatchling Gets the Worm (2016)

Puppy! A Hotel Transylvania Short (2017)

Digital Copies and Sony Rewards Points: An insert can be found stuffed inside the booklet that contains codes for each film to redeem 4K digital copies on Movies Anywhere. Unfortunately, when the set was first released earlier last month, not all codes redeemed in 4K on all retailers (not even Movies Anywhere, although 4K rights were granted). Most have resolved themselves by now, at least offering 4K, but Sense and Sensibility is still missing HDR on most retailers, and many may still be missing their Atmos tracks. Stripes redeemed as the theatrical cut only across all retailers, and in HD on Apple TV. As for Sony Rewards, all but two of the films redeemed for points and punches on your Movie Buff Pass – Anatomy of a Murder and Oliver!.

Overall: 4.5/5

Columbia Classics 4K Ultra HD Collection Volume 2 is another exceptional collection of classic films, all of which have been released in 4K UHD for the first time. Presentations of the films are excellent (as expected from Sony), and the bonus disc of classic shorts (albeit in HD) as well as the collectible booklet are nice additional touches.

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An official response from SPHE Customer Service regarding the digital copies included with this set and their lack of 4k, HDR, Atmos, etc.:

Dear Todd,


Thank you for contacting Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

We have forwarded your concern and unfortunately, as a studio we cannot control what versions of our titles digital platforms offer to their consumers. Our content gets sent over to the retailers and they choose what version of the movie that platform will carry.

We apologize for any inconvenience we have caused.
Of course, that completely contradicts what retailers like Vudu have said of this situation - "That is what the studio sent to us."
 

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An official response from SPHE Customer Service regarding the digital copies included with this set and their lack of 4k, HDR, Atmos, etc.:


Of course, that completely contradicts what retailers like Vudu have said of this situation - "That is what the studio sent to us."
I blame them both as they really have soured me on digitals. The industry keeps shooting itself in the foot when they piss off customers like myself that are willing and waiting to give them my monies. Not so much any longer.
 

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I blame them both as they really have soured me on digitals. The industry keeps shooting itself in the foot when they piss off customers like myself that are willing and waiting to give them my monies. Not so much any longer.
I responded pretty much with what I said above, that their statement contradicts what the retailers told me. We'll see if I get a response.