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    Lionsgate Press Release: Basic Instinct (4k UHD)

    I tend to run into the opposite with the latest Optimizer firmware on my RS2000 -- I have been tweaking the setting up to "high" on maybe a quarter of the discs that I watch (Universal & Sony more often than others.) I haven't yet ever dropped it to "low". My copy of Basic Instinct shipped a...
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    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ The Final Countdown -- in 4k UHD Blu-ray

    I have an Oppo 205 and it played just fine. I assume that you checked the surface of the disc? Oppo's UHD players are fidgety when it comes to smudges. Fortunately BU has the discs packaged normally, but I always struggle with sets like the Universal Hitchcock UHDs where there is no way to...
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    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ The Final Countdown -- in 4k UHD Blu-ray

    Keep in mind that it is a 3 disc set including the soundtrack CD. Whether or not it is still overpriced is a matter of individual taste, but it is a nicer set than a "normal" UHD. It also looks & sounds fantastic. I don't believe in guilty pleasures -- this is simply a fun movie, full stop...
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    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ The Sting-- in 4k

    I don't agree that there is anything random about it. The Sting is loaded with optical transitions such as wipes, dissolves, & fades, and the shots with DNR are generally the leading and trailing shots surrounding those transitions. Universal must have opted for DNR in those shots to soften...
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    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ The Sting-- in 4k

    One of life's delightful little ironies is that David S. Ward was unhappy when Universal chose to settle a plagiarism suit from The Big Con author David W. Maurer out of court, as while Ward had used the book as a source, is is non-fiction and it was just one of many such sources that he used...
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    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ National Lampoon's Animal House -- in 4k

    She finds out after, and then even compliments him on how good that he was. It's not the finest moment in the movie!
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    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ National Lampoon's Animal House -- in 4k

    And as presented in the movie, she likes it. I still enjoy the movie, but boy, that scene is uncomfortable.
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    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ National Lampoon's Animal House -- in 4k

    Bluto's upskirt viewing and other peeping Tom activities, for a start. And yes, Otter's manipulation of women on false pretenses. The fact that she was "more than willing to oblige" is how she is presented in the movie, not necessarily a believable reaction. It was part of how movies made...
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    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ National Lampoon's Animal House -- in 4k

    That is exactly what I called it when I reviewed the disc: a time capsule of a different era. There is nothing wrong with enjoying material with outdated content, but by the same token I think that there is nothing wrong with addressing it. Reality lies between the extremes that we tend to see...
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    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ National Lampoon's Animal House -- in 4k

    It isn't really a question of gross out humor, which has gotten infinitely more gross in the years since 1978. The thing with Animal House is that some of the non-consensual humor has aged poorly. It doesn't seem like "harmless good fun" anymore, nor should it. That isn't enough to ruin the...
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    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ National Lampoon's Animal House -- in 4k

    I think that it may depend on how your display tone maps. On my JVC, it looked a bit dark on the Mid settings with the newest Optimizer firmware. It looked fine on high. But as good as JVC's tone mapping is, it still isn't perfect set-and-forget so I do have to adjust occasionally.
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    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ National Lampoon's Animal House -- in 4k

    There is definitely no accounting for taste when it comes to humor. I am not a fan of this kind of comedy in general, but I love Animal House. Though I freely admit that after this last viewing, I spent some time writing about the issues with the humor that has not dated well. But you can...
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    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ National Lampoon's Animal House -- in 4k

    So, yes, there are changes in the audio and things like Bluto's belch are missing, and yes, it is unfortunate that people are not given the option on the disc (or on the previous Blu-ray for that matter.) Duly noted. However, let's not lose sight of the extraordinary video transfer on the...
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    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ National Lampoon's Animal House -- in 4k

    I received my copy of this yesterday and am heading downstairs right now to watch it. With the fine catalogue work that Universal is doing these days I was hardly worried, but nice to have confirmation that I am in for a treat.
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