Robert Harris

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Back in the dark ages of home video, May of 2018 to be exact, I reviewed the 4k releases of Braveheart and Gladiator, and found Gladiator to have been shorn its plastic shackles.

Now, a bit more than two years later, they arise anew, and there are two differences in Gladiator - a lovely steelbook, and a new finish on the 4k disc, now more of a delicate satin finish as opposed to matte. I can live with either, but in some cases I prefer the more satiny look.

The release is $5 more, a slight uncharge for the steelbook and satin finish, and should be a buy for anyone who doesn't yet have a 4k copy, or those who collect steelbooks.


As they say in those TV ads, great new package - same great taste!

My initial review gave the following ratings:

Image - 5 (Dolby Vision)

Audio - 5 (DTS:X)

Pass / Fail - Pass

Upgrade from Blu-ray - Yes
Upgrade from previous 4k - Only if you're a steelbook / matte finish fan

Very Highly Recommended

RAH
 

Jeffrey D

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I’ve said this in other threads- I think the steelbook spindles won’t release the disc
easily- seems that you have to bend the disc a
little bit to get it off the spindle.

Does the UHD have both cuts of the film?
 

Billy Batson

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I’ve said this in other threads- I think the steelbook spindles won’t release the disc
easily- seems that you have to bend the disc a
little bit to get it off the spindle.
I bought a season of Game Of Thrones in a Steelbook & couldn't get the discs out, they were dangerously bending over & still wouldn't come out. In the end I got the toolbox out & dismantled the damn thing & re-boxed the discs. The first & last time I've ever bought a Steelbook.
 
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Stephen_J_H

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With nearly every steelbook I've owned, i find that downward pressure on the spindle causes the disc to "pop" off. Maybe that's just me.
 

Bryan Tuck

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This is a very small thing, but on Blu-ray and DVD, the end credits were white. Does anyone know why they're now yellow/gold on the UHD?

I don't remember which color they were theatrically, but I don't recall noticing they were different when I first saw the DVD.
 

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