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UHD Review A few words about...™ Blade Runner 2049 -- in 4k UHD Blu-ray

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Robert Harris, Jan 9, 2018.

  1. ArnoldLayne

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    Apparently not according to other reviews :-(
     
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    So it's not 'too loud' then?....
     
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    I prefer the 3D usually, but the 3D image of "Blade Runner 2049" is too dark and substandard (and, of course, the Atmos track is dropped on the 3D disc!!!). I may show it to my girlfriend in 2D and Atmos Blu-ray. Does anyone else notice the 3D Blu-ray is fairly poor in image quality?
     
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    I will be adding this to my future-proofed disc library sooner or later. But at 164 minutes, might have to split the viewing session into two parts, or insert an old-style theater intermission.
     
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    No. It's in the DP's preferred 2.39:1 ratio. Thank goodness.
     
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    According to new information, the Sony and WB 4k versions are completely different encodes of the cinema master. Different color volume metadata, different HDR grading levels, etc. The WB version has a bit of banding from scene to scene; no word if the Sony version is as bad or not.

    Would love to know which is the better version overall.

    This absolutely should have been in 12 bit Dolby Vision. No excuses as you would get NO banding with HDR. And before anyone can bring up elevated black bars on certain DV enabled displays, Dolby is aware of the issue, supposedly found the fault (thankfully, it wasn't in the actual encoding and mastering stage), and is issuing firmware fixes for the affected models.
     
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    I saw it both ways theatrically and preferred the IMAX version overall. Would have been nice to at least have had the IMAX option on disc.
     
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    Robert Harris didn't mention any banding issues in his initial post. Where is the Sony version being released?

    EDIT: Nevermind. I see it's the Japanese release that's from Sony.
     
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    I think it's Sony everywhere except North America.
     
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    Looks like you're right Nick, and apparently it isn't released in Europe until February.
     
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    The Australian discs released today January 17 and are also Sony (Sony Universal in AUS)
    Sony Spanish disc release 1/26
     
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    I bought the 4k UHD and the 3D release on Tuesday and did a cursory comparison and the 3D is indeed very dark (and of course not Atmos). I was struggling to make out details in the 3D which were readily apparent in the 2D. Still liked the 3D conversion and will watch it in it's entirety soon but the 2D 4K UHD is definitely my preferred release.
    BTW I have also ordered the limited edition from Germany which will include a replica of the blaster - this set should go nicely with my Briefcase Edition of Blade Runner. Normally do not go into the box o junk editions but there are some movies...:)

    Regards,
     
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    Agree. It's not like the 1.90:1 is some done-for-TV abomination - it's a theatrical ratio...
     
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    I just did a spot check of the 3D disc, and it is, indeed, unusually dark. For example, early in chapter 7 the red words "Los Angeles Municipal Waste Processing Disposal Area" are so dim I was unable to read them.
     
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    Watched the 3D disc. I have a plasma and the blacks are indeed black I tweaked my 3D settings somewhat for this presentation while keeping deep blacks where they were needed. I really liked the 3D presentation which of course only gives depth to the image (no 3D pop out)

    I have two OPPO players one is region locked the other is region free so I was able over the opening logos of the movie to sync up the Dolby Atmos track with the 3D disc.

    Cause of course it’s too much to ask of WB to give you Atmos audio option on the 3D disc.

    And wtf why are they wasting disc space on the 2D for Atmos but then giving you a DTS option !?! Who made that decision! It’s crazy it’s as if no one told them the core Atmos track is still 7.1

    Overall I would have paid a premium price for a premium Collector set featuring the film with 4K / 3D and 2D discs all with Atmos Audio and with the IMAX presentations.
     
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    Could the 3D encode be like the 4K - Sony and WB doing their own encodes? If so, the Sony 3D disc could be brighter.
     
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    I liked this movie enough where if the U.S. 3D version winds up being noticeably different from the UK/Sony version, and if that Sony gets higher marks, I might actually double dip. But I'm gonna wait to sample the US version first.
     
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    Best bass in an Atmos track ever. For sure.
     
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    Sounds like they've captured the theatrical experience. :)
     
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    I didn't see this in the theater, but viewing at my usual listening level (usual for me, that is), a good portion of my house was rattling. So much so I didn't even waste time trying to isolate everything that was resonating. Also didn't pay much attention when I heard the shout from the bedroom, "turn that down".

    State of the art sound AND 4K video. Incredible disc. About to sit down for the full 160 + minutes right now.
     
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