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  1. Robert Harris

    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory -- in 4k UHD Blu-ray

    I wish I knew. But sorry, not a clue. I had sync problems, as well as handshake problems with this disc. “There are more things in heaven and earth…”
  2. Robert Harris

    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory -- in 4k UHD Blu-ray

    What would be the rationale of a 4k UHD release of a film shot so soft and without focus, that multiplying the visual information by 4, or 24, would not add high frequency detail?
  3. Robert Harris

    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory -- in 4k UHD Blu-ray

    As previously noted, this is not a favorite of mine, and I've never researched anything about it. From everything that I'm seeing, and with a bit of it's history, my feeling is that the framing is probably correct, and that it was the Blu-ray that had to be re-formatted, possibly moving RA...
  4. Robert Harris

    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory -- in 4k UHD Blu-ray

    I believe original prints were dye transfer, and would presumably have been derived by creating the optically produced printing matrices directly from what is called the "RA" or regular area of the frame, as opposed to "FA," or full area. Because they were already optically produced could have...
  5. Robert Harris

    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory -- in 4k UHD Blu-ray

    While the 4k corrected the exposure of the left side issue, it seems to have introduced new ones. And we're not referencing opticals. To be clear, and I have no direct knowledge, there are probably shots exposed without image in the track area (a different camera), necessitating whomever...
  6. Robert Harris

    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory -- in 4k UHD Blu-ray

    And more from the same review. It would be impossible to create these images without constantly repositioning the extraction.
  7. Robert Harris

    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory -- in 4k UHD Blu-ray

    Very well thought out review over at high def disc news. While I don’t generally trust frame grabs, if these are correct, the film has been re-framed, potentially correcting an earlier problem of exposing too much of the left side of the frame, which would have been covered by the track. But...
  8. Robert Harris

    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory -- in 4k UHD Blu-ray

    There is something in the image that appears more akin to noise, than grain. More like modern data noise or 65mm grain. The film looks incorrect for an early 1970s production shot on 5254. Might it have been shot on a foreign produced stock, with an oat base emulsion? Doubtful. Grain reduced...
  9. Robert Harris

    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory -- in 4k UHD Blu-ray

    The LotR series looks precisely as the filmmakers wish them to look at this time.
  10. Robert Harris

    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory -- in 4k UHD Blu-ray

    Not quite that simple. While there IS grain, and it doesn’t seem to present problems, imagery almost appears too sharp for the era. There's something going on that doesn't make complete sense. Possibly it's the Quaker Oats look.
  11. Robert Harris

    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory -- in 4k UHD Blu-ray

    The overriding question with some releases is whether the filmmaker is going for a “filmic transfer” or something more modern and updated.
  12. Robert Harris

    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory -- in 4k UHD Blu-ray

    Updated 6-27-21 The deeper I dive into this disc, the less I like it, especially for authenticity. Score downgraded. Mel Stuart's Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is a film with many fans. Somehow, I'm not one of them, as I was never able to warm up to it. Possibly too homogenized for my...
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