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  1. sbjork

    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ - Aliens -- in 4k UHD

    To be fair, that's nothing compared to Akira Ifukube, and he's pretty much universally considered to be a legend. But to be fair to him, the turnaround time that Cameron gave to Horner was nothing compared to what Ifukube had to deal with, especially in the Showa era. He only had a few days on...
  2. sbjork

    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ - Aliens -- in 4k UHD

    Whenever he ran out of things to steal from other people, he stole from himself.
  3. sbjork

    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ - Aliens -- in 4k UHD

    That was my whole point. If you're creating or posting something railing against AI, then you're undercutting yourself if it contains AI. Although the real point that I've made here and elsewhere is that as the technology improves, we're approaching the tipping point where even the best and...
  4. sbjork

    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ - Aliens -- in 4k UHD

    It's hilarious that people keep complaining about the AI processing in the Cameron remasters, and then post probable AI processed videos in defense of that fact. There's a comment from the channel claiming that the voice isn't AI, but if that's true, it's a damned good impersonation of an AI...
  5. sbjork

    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ - Aliens -- in 4k UHD

    Hey, I thought that we agreed not to talk about George Lucas anymore in these threads!
  6. sbjork

    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ - Aliens -- in 4k UHD

    No. They're. Not. That's the biggest misrepresentation that keeps coming up over and over again, and it's starting to get really irritating. Those who are on the side that these new reimaginings look good are nearly universally agreed that they wish that they'd been mastered differently. Pretty...
  7. sbjork

    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ - Aliens -- in 4k UHD

    Did you actually go back and read the comments that I mentioned? Because it sure doesn't sound like you did. I said the video has issues, and it does. The voice is AI generated, and while I'm not saying that the whole video was AI generated, the content was still cobbled from elsewhere. The...
  8. sbjork

    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ - Aliens -- in 4k UHD

    You're even farther behind on your reading! Go back a few pages and you'll see some responses when someone else posted that video. It has issues.
  9. sbjork

    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ - Aliens -- in 4k UHD

    2005 called; it wants its jargon back.
  10. sbjork

    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ - Aliens -- in 4k UHD

    I've said this before in other threads, but with the caveat that I haven't watched Aliens yet and it may well be worse, I have already watched both Titanic and The Abyss. Are they what I would have preferred, if I had my druthers? No, and I've been clear about that. Am I content enough with them...
  11. sbjork

    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ - Aliens -- in 4k UHD

    Setting aside the fact that the voice on that video sounds AI generated, with weird pronunciations, stresses, and cadences, I have a hard time taking something seriously when it opens by saying that it proposes to set aside everything you have read or heard so far, and then proceeds to read a...
  12. sbjork

    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ - Aliens -- in 4k UHD

    Oh, gosh, let me tell you about the Full Moon UHD release of Trancers. On second though, I'd rather not have to relive that experience.
  13. sbjork

    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ - Aliens -- in 4k UHD

    It's the great circle of online life.
  14. sbjork

    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ - Aliens -- in 4k UHD

    1.05 screen widths away is anything but normal viewing distance for the vast majority of viewers. Anybody with normal vision from normal viewing distances can barely perceive the difference between 4K and upscaled 1080p, let alone anything else. For most viewers, the differences with UHD comes...
  15. sbjork

    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ - Aliens -- in 4k UHD

    I got all three yesterday and haven't had a chance to watch any of them yet, but I did put Aliens in to check it out, and on an initial glance, I concur with RAH. It's still not how I would have preferred to have things done, but from normal viewing distances and in motion, it looks pretty...
  16. sbjork

    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ - Aliens -- in 4k UHD

    Slight clarification: Vincent Ward is the one who had the truly insane plan for Alien 3, and for a time, both Fox and Brandywine were actually behind it. He got pretty far into preproduction, too. The whole plan was tamped back before Fincher even came onto the picture. He was still interfered...
  17. sbjork

    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ - Aliens -- in 4k UHD

    Giant is actually on of the only classic films where I'd be genuinely interested to see what AI could do to improve all of the optical work. We already have a gorgeous UHD that's faithful to the original version. So like you say, why not try? Giant is an unusual case because of the...
  18. sbjork

    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ - Aliens -- in 4k UHD

    Update: my order of all three did ship from DMC.
  19. sbjork

    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ - Aliens -- in 4k UHD

    It would be more accurate to say that they're saying that they'll still take orders through the end of May. My trust in Disney right now isn't the highest. But that's not really what I meant. Since they are shutting everything down, I'm not confident that they'll maintain enough inventory to...
  20. sbjork

    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ - Aliens -- in 4k UHD

    My DMC order hasn't even shipped yet, and they usually ship early. With everything else that's going on there, I'm a little concerned about whether or not I'll get them.
  21. sbjork

    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ - Aliens -- in 4k UHD

    Actually, speaking of Aliens, I just realized that I completely dropped the ball on that one: No. Have you?
  22. sbjork

    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ - Aliens -- in 4k UHD

    No, because I wouldn't. I don't drive my 350hp AWD Focus RS (AWD, not 4WD, which would be a bad thing on a performance vehicle) aggressively in the wet/snow when it's sitting on its Cup 2s, because they're not designed for those conditions. Put a set of Blizzaks on the rear wheels of a Vantage...
  23. sbjork

    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ - Aliens -- in 4k UHD

    It may eventually make its way to the main Bits page.
  24. sbjork

    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ - Aliens -- in 4k UHD

    You're mind works just fine. It's fair to have a bit of skepticism about decades-old memories of color in particular because that's a detail that human memory doesn't store in detailed fashion. Actors, dialogue, and plot points are things that our memories are designed to retain -- although...
  25. sbjork

    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ - Aliens -- in 4k UHD

    It absolutely can. My point is that's not what people want when they say the look of film should be respected.
  26. sbjork

    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ - Aliens -- in 4k UHD

    And again, a 4K scan from the OCN doesn't preserve the theatrical experience of film anyway. And to your point, the design of the original productions never once involved people seeing the negatives as shot. They were always designed to go through the printing process, and intended to be seen...
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