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    Sony Home Entertainment inks Distribution Deal with SDS

    Guadalajara is the Disc Scratching Capitol of the World. Their quality control has dipped considerably. This does not bode well. And no... I do not hold the same optimism as Hunt about that this deal opening the 4k Blu-ray floodgates, especially if the anti-catalog likes of Disney still has...
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    Gotta wonder if Disney is through with 4K classic releases

    Sony has to distribute what Disney wants them to distribute. If Sony Home Video says they think "Grosse Point Blank" would sell well on 4k Blu-ray, Disney can still say NO! GO POUND SAND!!! They have no real say in what titles will end up on 4k physical medium or any other disc format.
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    Disney+ IMAX-Enhanced DTS:X Comes to Disney+

    Near-field mixes just means a change in dynamics, volume levels, and EQ settings. Some are definitely better than others. I'm talking about the encoding of said immersive audio track. Home immersive audio is different than the cinema version.
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    Disney+ IMAX-Enhanced DTS:X Comes to Disney+

    I'm not just talking about a low audio bitrate, I'm talking about how limited the DTS: X lossy streaming format is. They're not even able to encode the 12-Track IMAX mix, which was the whole point in the first place. Now, IMAX Enhanced is purely marketing BS. They still squash dynamics and...
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    Press Release SPHE Press Release: Can't Hardly Wait (1998) (4k UHD)

    Nice! It's a more modern teenage angst comedy that somehow feels as if it was shot in the 80's like "Fast Times At Ridgemont High."
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    Disney+ IMAX-Enhanced DTS:X Comes to Disney+

    Soooo... originally the supposed PR reason for choosing DTS: X was that it would be able to recreate the 12-Channel IMAX sound mix for the home in all its dynamic, lossless glory (though, Dolby Atmos can do the same thing with a static, channel-based print out like many a Disney Atmos encoding...
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    Pre-Order Fletch (1985) (Blu-ray) Available for Preorder

    One of the classic comedies of the 80's doesn't receive a quality 4k release? That's just crazy! Hopefully, Universal reserved the 4k rights for themselves or licensed this title for a 4k Blu-ray someplace else.
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    UHD Review Aliens UHD Review

    My god, they really borked this and ESPECIALLY "True Lies." The AI processing makes a lot of shots look like they were made in Unreal Engine rather than the real world. Then you have ping ponging shots of hyper detail and waxy smoothness like T2. "The Abyss" and "Titanic" at least have...
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    UHD Review Aliens UHD Review

    The lack of a decent bitrate tends to dumb down film and TV releases all by itself. Then there are some streaming companies that insist on further manipulation of the soundtracks to appease the masses and their lower end sound systems.
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    Pre-Order Paramount Presents! Primal Fear (1996) (4k UHD) Available for Preorder

    Like "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance," I would suspect that this Presents title will stay at around $30 with no price drop in sight.
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    Pre-Order The Big Country (1958) (Reissue) (Blu-ray) Available for Preorder

    Damn! I wonder who would actually pony up the money to do as good a 4k scan (or greater) and cleaned up master as possible for a 4k Blu-ray? This is such a wonderfully subversive "anti-Western genre trope" classic.
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    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ - JFK -- in 4k UHD

    Another vote for the theatrical cut in 4k. It flows better IMHO.
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    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ - Stalag 17 -- in 4k UHD

    When using 4k media there are also the benefits of a greater pixel bit depth, wider gamut, and dynamic range to eek out small gains in the source for older movies compared to the more limited 8 bit, Rec 709 Blu-ray format. If anything, you are less likely to get visible banding with 4k, which...
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    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ - Roman Holiday -- in 4k UHD

    If you are going off of your player's video bitrate meter, then you are getting a false perception. The meter can only read the HDR10 data layer. Roman Holiday is a 12 bit, dual layered FEL Dolby Vision encode and so, like many Paramount DV encodes, the HDR10 layer was basically sacrificed in...
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    Blu-ray Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ - Is Paris Burning? -- in Blu-ray

    Gert Frobe's voice was dubbed over by a different actor in post on "Goldfinger."
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    UHD Review Enter the Dragon UHD Review

    If you like low bitrate video and lossy audio and not actually owning anything (you lease, you don't buy "digital"). To me, that's not a great deal any way you slice it. You cannot download a high bitrate 4k version anyway off of iTunes.
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    Pre-Order Ghostbusters (1984) and Ghostbusters 2 (1989) (4k UHD Combo Limited Edition SteelBook Double Feature) Available for Preorder

    I thought they were re-releasing the Fright Night Steelbook that sold out extremely quickly.
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    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ - Cinderella (1950) -- in 4k UHD

    Snow White comes out on 4k Blu-ray later this year from the same restoration team. Hopefully, other big name classics follow suit next year with as good or better 4k clean up efforts. Time is ticking on physical media and it would be nice to have all the classics and their renaissance titles...
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    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ - Avatar - The Way of Water -- in 4k UHD & 3D

    That's a whole other kettle of fish. Nolan went the exact opposite way... who needs highs and mids, when we can have BASS!!!! And... Dialog? We don need no stinkin' dialog!
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    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ - Avatar - The Way of Water -- in 4k UHD & 3D

    It's the whole mix for sound bars thought process. They don't have subwoofers, so why have low bass? There was talk in the industry about this practice of no longer mixing to high end home theater system standards a while back and some studios moved over to that MO and others like Sony and WB...
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    UHD Review A Few Words About A few words about...™ - Avatar - The Way of Water -- in 4k UHD & 3D

    I'm going to have to disagree on the Atmos track. It's a pretty typical Atmouse mix. Sure, it's more than just a static 7.1.2 or 7.1.4 encoding with no 3D objects as per most Disney Atmos tracks. This time it actually has 3D objects that pan around in a larger speaker volume (even the Front...
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    UHD Review Superman 5-Film Collection UHD Review

    At least the compression might be handled better on the 4k disc.
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    UHD Review Superman 5-Film Collection UHD Review

    Except for the absolutely horrid encoding that a properly compressed HEVC 4k disc would potentially rectify.
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    UHD Review Superman 5-Film Collection UHD Review

    You also have 10 (or 12 with FEL DV) bit pixel data as well as WCG, higher chroma sampling, and more dynamic range to work with. There is more to 4k discs than just resolution.
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    Press Release Warner Archive Collection Announcement: Land of the Pharaohs (1955) (Blu-ray)

    Depending on the state of the camera negatives (or whatever sources WB used), I would imagine the image was cropped, so they could digitally adjust for any gate weave the technicians might have encountered during the scan. You need to give up some image real estate in order to pull off this...
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    UHD Review The Maltese Falcon UHD Review

    For the life of what? Prime and other streaming services lose their film title licenses all the time.
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    UHD Review The Maltese Falcon UHD Review

    And it should be your last. Streaming "purchases" are leases, not ownership in the same sense as a disc. Plus, low bitrate streaming doesn't handle film grain well and has lossy audio.
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    UHD Review Star Trek: First Contact UHD Review

    Paramount has always treated Trek as a b@stard stepchild on home video. Here, only ST: TMP Director's Cut of the classic films got a Dolby Atmos remix. They still use a little too much DNR and some shots can look quite waxy.
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    Digital Review Avatar: The Way of Water Digital 4K Review

    The Kaleidescape version already has the Dolby TrueHD lossless Atmos track, which will be included on the upcoming 4k disc. It was recently analyzed via the Trinnov Atmos viewer and unfortunately, it looks to have the hallmarks of another "Atmouse" track: Lack of low bass frequencies (filtered...