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UHD Review A few words about...™ Solo: A Star Wars Story -- in 4k UHD Blu-ray

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Robert Harris, Sep 14, 2018.

  1. Message #1 of 72 Sep 14, 2018
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    Robert Harris

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    Solo: A Star Wars Story, reminds me of any series of young teen or YA books that keep on coming, as there's a perceived audience for them, but with evermore tired storylines, and little imagination.

    Disney's latest Star Wars project, Solo, directed by Ron Howard is a gorgeously mounted production, and a brilliant 4k UHD release, making wonderful use of Dolby Atmos and HDR.

    Shot large format, and finished in 4k,.

    Unfortunately, and this may just be me, I was able to slog through about 20 minutes, before I gave up, thinking "Why am I doing something akin to reading The Hardy Boys Meet the Mummy?

    For those who are Star Wars fans, this may be your cup of tea, and you'll be thrilled with the 4k disc, but for others, not so sure.

    With apologies for being contrarian, but I found it just a little too cute.

    Image - 5 (HDR 10)

    Audio - 5 (Dolby Atmos)

    Pass / Fail - Pass

    RAH

     
  2. Robert Crawford

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    I watched it twice during its theatrical run and thought it was a better film than many people and the disappointing box office are giving it credit for. I will be buying this 4K/UHD release.
     
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    I survived watching it in the theater, but barely. I have no desire to own this.
     
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    I agree pretty much with RAH’s assessment.

    Still I’ll be buying both the4K and3D. ;)
     
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    Hated this movie in theaters, and will not be buying it. Story is beyond weak and pretty boy Ehrenreich is miscast; can't even imagine him as a young Harrison Ford who defines the Han Solo character.
     
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    I to will be purchasing this title on 4K blu-ray and felt it was better than the box office suggested. This movie is a loved it or hated it type of thing but I enjoyed it. About the time this movie hits store shelves my new Marantz SR-8012 should be arriving and I can not wait to see this movie and hear it through the new receiver. Sometime around March I will most likely revisit this movie after I upgrade my surrounds to Bowers & Wilkins and reconfigure the old surrounds for Atmos. Can not wait for the next Star Wars to come out!
     
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    Will probably pick up the 3D from the UK when it can be had for around £10.
     
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    I'm of the mind that this would have been a blockbuster if released in theaters this December and not 5 months after the fan divisive Last Jedi. I'm picking this up on 4K and importing the 3D. Boo to Disney for not creating an all in one package for these like my Guardians 2 and Star Trek Beyond.
     
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    Saw this at the Disney Springs AMC Dinner Theater . I actually rather liked it even if I did have to suspend my knowledge of what a younger Han Solo looked like (as I saw Harrison Ford in Star Wars (1977) and earlier in American Graffiti (1973)).

    Had planned to buy from DMC but missed the free shipping offer (distracted by Family Reunion as pic below shows). Still might go that route but now I have to replan purchase.

    UPDATE:Contacted DMC via live chat. They gave me free shipping and redid the order when I explained what happened with family reunion. Package includes:

    Solo, AStar Wars Story (2018, 4K)
    Freaky Friday (1976 & 2003)
    Lady And The Tramp (1955)
     
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    I don’t think it would have made a bit of difference. There just wasn’t any demand for a Solo film. Hence why the other proposed spin off films have been canceled or put on hold indefinitely thanks to Solo’s poor boxoffice performance.
     
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    Saw it there, too! Nice presentation in Dolby Cinema.
     
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    Not only was it too close to another SW movie, it had a terrible release date. Memorial Day stopped being a good release date a decade or more ago.
     
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    I neither loved it or hated it. It was just ok. I seriously doubt I'll buy it.
     
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    I thought it was pretty weak and it looked very dark in the theater.... even though the manager of the theater stated that there was plenty of light going to the screen. I do think for STAR WARS this is an example of going to the same well too many times. I am sure fans of the series will disagree, but maybe enough is enough after four decades.
     
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    This was a intentionally dark film. I saw it in IMAX and Dolby Cinema, and the shadow detail was much more evident in the Dolby Cinema presentation. I'm guessing this will be a good test for 4K home systems.
     
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    Due to the negative reviews, I didn't bother to go see SOLO in the theater. I will give iTunes $5.99 for a 4K rental but that will probably be the end of it. I fear that I'll regret about $3.99 of that rental price. :eek:

    Mark
     
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    The majority of the reviews are positive. 71% at RT

    While I was disappointed and thought the film was unnecessary I would still recommend it to SW fans.
     
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    I saw it in theater. I thought it was good fun. My friends thought so as well. I took the adult out of my head and pretended I was 14 again. Lots of fun that way.
     
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    If you want to rent in 4K, it will have to be through Vudu. iTunes doesn’t carry Disney (or Disney owned) films in 4K.
     
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