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UHD Review A few words about...™ Alien -- in 4k UHD Blu-ray

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Robert Harris, Apr 20, 2019.

  1. WillG

    WillG Lead Actor

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    Brett doesn’t seem like the type of person that would care all that much. As for Parker, he says “whatever it was, it was big”. Not an illogical conclusion.
     
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    I get that, but HDR didn't exist in 1979 either. So if they are going to do one and not the other it feels like the release is lacking to me. I want the best possible technical advance in 4K BD. It is the reason I bought into it.
     
  3. Colin Jacobson

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    Well, I don't advocate HDR when it tampers with the original colors either. I like HDR when it's used to display the original hues as accurately as possible.

    I don't mind audio remixes as an option as long as I can get the original - which is the case with "Alien".

    I just remain perplexed by the idea that "the best possible technical advance" overrides the original material. I got 4K UHD to see the movies presented as accurately as possible, not to use technology where it wasn't there in the first place.

    Sorry if this sounds sanctimonious, but I just don't get it. Weren't the people who wanted pan and scan images just looking to take the best advantage of their TVs, too?
     
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    Brent Reid

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    Well, I think you're both right! I don't mind audio being remixed at all, and will often choose a revised track when screening films for non-aficionado audiences. All I ask is for the original to always be be included.

    What does perplex me is those who are ok with colour regrading, CGI "fixes", audio and AR alterations, etc, but get their knickers in a twist over colorization. Especially as the original B&W is always included anyway.
     
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    While I agree with your overall sentiment, watching anything on video, in any format, is always going to be at best an approximation of the original. If you went to see Alien on opening night in 1979, it wouldn't have looked anything like the 4K disc. Even with perfect projection, it would have been significantly grainier, the resolution would have been sub-2K (likely sub 1080p), and the image wouldn't have been rock-steady, the way it can only be with digital.
     
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    Not to mention relatively poor black levels.
     
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    Lord Dalek

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    This assumes that all the assets even exist for a remix in the first place. That does not appear to be the case as far as Alien goes (the raw first gen Foley and sfx masters are apparently long gone).
     
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    I agree it looks amazing in 4k. My memories of it have always been as a dark and dingy film but the HDR on this (I assume) really makes it shine. In fact, for a film I thought I knew quite well, it felt different, in the same way that Blade Runner felt 'new' on 4K too.
     
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    Happy 40th Anniversary to one of the most terrifying films ever made.

    ALIEN

    I saw this 40 years ago today when I was 16. I’ll never forget the great mood it evoked then and still today with its great music, visual effects, story and performances.

    I’m going to spin this disc tonight in honor of its anniversary.
     
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    And now that you're finally hooked up and settled with the Panny 820, it's going to be one enviable night.:cool:
    Happy Anniversary to vALIENtino.:D
     
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    Ha. Good one Philip!:emoji_relaxed::emoji_thumbsup:
     
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