1. Sign-up to become a member, and most of the ads you see will disappear. It only takes 30 seconds to sign up, so join the discussion today!
    Dismiss Notice

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

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Robert Harris, Jan 18, 2018.

  1. 1 Jan 18, 2018
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 24, 2018
    Robert Harris

    Robert Harris Archivist
    Reviewer

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 1999
    Messages:
    11,043
    Likes Received:
    9,937
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Real Name:
    Robert Harris
    With over two hundred films now in release in 4k format, I'd often wondered why the very first to come to mind, as the quintessential 4k release had not yet appeared.

    Now, thanks to the wonderful folks at Columbia, it has.

    Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell can now be yours, exclusively from Best Buy, for only $24.99.

    Photographed on 35mm film in 1992, and released in 1993, its elements have not only survived, but have been upgraded from mere fillum, and Dolby Stereo, to 4k and Dolby Atmos.

    You can now visit every single bit of film grain -- quite lovely and velvety actually -- as photographed by the great John Bailey...

    and strangely, via 4k projections and HDR, I've come to realize precisely how beautifully this film was photographed.

    Mocketh, if you will, a 4k release of a lower budgeted (and extremely beloved) motion picture, but don't for a moment believe that 4k is wasted here.

    With a main title sequence so sharp that one might harm themselves by getting to close to the screen, Groundhog Day is a stunner in the 4k.

    A couple of things to watch out for, as you can now actually see them in detail, Doc Erickson (aka C.O. Erickson) as Herman, the bank guard.

    Don't know who Mr. Erickson was?

    Best to look him up, as you're missing out on a man with an extraordinary career.

    Also, look for Michael Shannon, in his first screen appearance, and director Ramis as the neurologist.

    Also, while you're visiting, don't forget to pick up some insurance from Stephen Tobolowsky.

    Every time I view Groundhog Day, I'm taken back to Jonathan Heap's Academy Award nominated short film, 12:01 PM.

    Strangely, a magnificent 4k example of film, made with fillum, that should not be overlooked.

    As always, Columbia has done wonders with this one.

    Image - 5

    Audio - 5 (Dolby Atmos)

    4k - 5

    Upgrade from Blu-ray - Definately!

    Pass / Fail - Pass

    Highly Recommended

    RAH


     
    Ashly Yeo, Bryan^H, benbess and 5 others like this.
  2. B-ROLL

    B-ROLL Screenwriter

    Joined:
    May 26, 2016
    Messages:
    1,659
    Likes Received:
    1,295
    Trophy Points:
    1,610
    Real Name:
    Bryan
    Thanks ...
    You can say that again :)
     
    RMajidi likes this.
  3. dpippel

    dpippel HTF Premium Member
    Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2000
    Messages:
    6,104
    Likes Received:
    2,447
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Location:
    Yoyodyne Propulsion Systems
    Real Name:
    Doug
    Wow, $32 with tax and shipping (available for shipping only). But I adore this film, and hoping that it might help get more catalog titles released in 4K I'll take the plunge and order it. Thanks for the glowing and entertaining write-up Robert!
     
    RMajidi likes this.
  4. RMajidi

    RMajidi Screenwriter

    Joined:
    Feb 8, 2015
    Messages:
    1,102
    Likes Received:
    1,620
    Trophy Points:
    1,610
    Location:
    Australia
    Real Name:
    Ramin
    Watch out for that first post - it’s a doozy!
     
    davidmatychuk, B-ROLL and dpippel like this.
  5. Alberto_D

    Alberto_D Banned
    BANNED

    Joined:
    Jan 24, 2006
    Messages:
    215
    Likes Received:
    61
    Trophy Points:
    111
    I wonder what other projects Harold Ramis had, before get vasculitis. So sad he passed aways like that. Groundhog Day was probably his masterwork.

    [​IMG]
     
    atcolomb and RMajidi like this.
  6. DonovanCampbell

    Joined:
    Apr 17, 2006
    Messages:
    38
    Likes Received:
    15
    Trophy Points:
    10
    Location:
    Calgary
    Real Name:
    Donovan
    I'm rather fond of The Ice Harvest myself
     
    davidmatychuk likes this.
  7. Keith Cobby

    Keith Cobby Cinematographer

    Joined:
    Jan 8, 2013
    Messages:
    2,006
    Likes Received:
    1,144
    Trophy Points:
    1,610
    Location:
    Kent "The Garden of England", UK
    Real Name:
    Keith Cobby
    12:01 is a great film.
     
  8. Mike Frezon

    Mike Frezon Moderator
    Moderator

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2001
    Messages:
    45,835
    Likes Received:
    10,303
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Location:
    Rensselaer, NY
    When pressed to name my absolute favorite movie (of all time)...Groundhog Day is the answer I give.

    Even though I'm not completely 4k-ready, I'll be picking this up.

    If there are people out there who haven't yet watched the film while listening to Harold Ramis' commentary, check it out. I hope the commentary is carried over to the 4k release.
     
    AnthonyClarke likes this.
  9. 9 Jan 20, 2018
    Last edited: Jan 20, 2018
    OliverK

    OliverK Producer

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2000
    Messages:
    3,370
    Likes Received:
    1,409
    Trophy Points:
    4,110
  10. Tino

    Tino Executive Producer
    Supporter

    Joined:
    Apr 19, 1999
    Messages:
    11,982
    Likes Received:
    4,427
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Location:
    Metro NYC
    Real Name:
    Valentino
    It is.
     
  11. sleroi

    sleroi Second Unit

    Joined:
    Aug 3, 2013
    Messages:
    255
    Likes Received:
    157
    Trophy Points:
    110
    Real Name:
    Gavin Kopp
    The pre order price dropped from $24.99 to $19.99 today.

    I ordered this and Starship Troopers 4k. It won't arrive until Friday with free shipping, but that's ok.

    Really looking forward to this one.
     
    Tino likes this.
  12. Lord Dalek

    Lord Dalek Producer

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2005
    Messages:
    3,629
    Likes Received:
    875
    Trophy Points:
    4,110
    Real Name:
    Joel Henderson
    Did this really need to be in Atmos though?
     
  13. Bryan^H

    Bryan^H Producer

    Joined:
    Jul 3, 2005
    Messages:
    5,222
    Likes Received:
    2,088
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Why not?
     
  14. Carlo Medina

    Carlo Medina Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 1997
    Messages:
    10,932
    Likes Received:
    978
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Groundhog Day is one of a short list of films that I have rewatched many times over. It joins the ranks of The Shawshank Redemption, The Godfather I and II, This is Spinal Tap, The Fifth Element, Dark City, Vertigo, Chris Nolan's films, and the original Star Wars trilogy (and even this has been rewatched less since Lucas tried to kill the OUT version) as movies that I really can't go too long without popping into the player again.

    This would normally be a no-brainer preorder, but with Mr. Harris's endorsement, that's just icing on the cake.

    I had to google who Michael Shannon played in the movie. I never would have guessed that was him.
     
  15. Carlo Medina

    Carlo Medina Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 1997
    Messages:
    10,932
    Likes Received:
    978
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    And I just got the shipping notice. I was afraid I’d ordered too late and it would be delayed. It’s supposed to be here this week, which means it will be here in plenty of time for Groundhog Day.
     
  16. B-ROLL

    B-ROLL Screenwriter

    Joined:
    May 26, 2016
    Messages:
    1,659
    Likes Received:
    1,295
    Trophy Points:
    1,610
    Real Name:
    Bryan
  17. Carlo Medina

    Carlo Medina Executive Producer

    Joined:
    Oct 31, 1997
    Messages:
    10,932
    Likes Received:
    978
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Not sure what you mean broll? It looks like it’s still in stock. If you want one, buy one. Mine is arriving tomorrow or Wednesday.
     
  18. dpippel

    dpippel HTF Premium Member
    Supporter

    Joined:
    Feb 24, 2000
    Messages:
    6,104
    Likes Received:
    2,447
    Trophy Points:
    9,110
    Location:
    Yoyodyne Propulsion Systems
    Real Name:
    Doug


    :rolling-smiley:
     
    Richard V likes this.
  19. 19 Jan 22, 2018
    Last edited: Jan 22, 2018
    B-ROLL

    B-ROLL Screenwriter

    Joined:
    May 26, 2016
    Messages:
    1,659
    Likes Received:
    1,295
    Trophy Points:
    1,610
    Real Name:
    Bryan
    Bad joke sorry - I should be getting one shipped as it's packed and ready for USPS to pick it up ... Although I could swear I've been through this before ... :unsure::wacko::D
     
    RMajidi likes this.
  20. zoetmb

    zoetmb Second Unit

    Joined:
    Jan 26, 2012
    Messages:
    268
    Likes Received:
    103
    Trophy Points:
    110
    Location:
    NYC
    Real Name:
    Martin Brooks
    Probably not and I have to wonder if they really added any Atmos objects to the mix or just took the prior mix and remastered it as Atmos. Reminds me of when I'm watching something on TV that's clearly mono or 2-channel stereo but because the Dolby Digital trigger is sent down, my receiver "thinks" it's 5.1 Dolby Digital.
     

Share This Page