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UHD Review A few words about...™ Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri -- in 4k UHD Blu-ray

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Robert Harris, Feb 28, 2018.

  1. Message #1 of 70 Feb 28, 2018
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    Robert Harris

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    Fox is doing a superb job with their 4k UHD releases, and this one fooled me.

    Finished as a 2k DI, TBOE,M, at least to my eye, looks like true 4k. And that speaks volumes about Ben Davis' cinematography.

    Details are so meticulously presented -- and I'm referring to dashboard instrumentation inside vehicles at night, as shot from outside in a MS, and leaves on trees -- that I'm inclined to disbelieve what's published on line.

    I don't have to relate the information that this a superb film, with spectacular performances, as that point has already been made.

    Written and directed by Martin McDonagh, TBOE,M is extremely dark, with touches of character-driven humor. It's a wonderfully multi-layered work, that almost seems like a Coen production, although I'm unable to come up with any direct connection.

    But that 4k UHD Blu-ray mit delicately handled HDR...

    Beyond anything that I've thus far seen in any uprez.

    Audio is wonderfully proscenium filling.

    It's a film that deserves to be seen large, especially in 4k.

    As an aside, and oriented toward those with a predilection for slipcovers...

    I normally find them a waste of paper, and add to our planetary waste cycles.

    But this one is beautifully designed, in its own way, a tiny work of art, and worth retaining.

    Bottom line. For anyone considering purchasing the Blu-ray. I suggest against it. Go for future proofing, with 4k.


    Image - 5 (Reference Quality)

    Audio - 5 (DTS-HD MA 5.1)

    Pass / Fail - Pass

    Very Highly Recommended

    RAH


     
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  2. jim_falconer

    jim_falconer Supporting Actor

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    There are having a special noon showing of this film at my local theater, this coming weekend. Will try and make every effort to see it. Been on my radar (much like Darkest Hour, which was worth the wait), since it hit the theaters.
     
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    Watched this too last night. Looked and sounded amazing in 4K.

    Deserves the BP Oscar it’s going to win Sunday night. Along with Frances and Sam’s wins.
     
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    Excellent news. Looking forward to this purchase.
     
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    At this point, save your money on the ticket.
    In the end, you're gonna want to purchase this film, anyway.:)
     
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    I watched the Blu-ray last night and McDonagh fans should definitely check out the old short film (Six Shooter) on there. It has nothing to do with Three Billboards but it's very darkly funny like the main feature.
     
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    :) I have always enjoyed the atmosphere of seeing a film on the big screen, as opposed to watching it at home. That said, if there is no other choice, the small screen is just fine. But since I still have a choice, I'll try and see it.
     
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    Well, who here at HTF could fault anyone for that?:thumbs-up-smiley:
     
  9. Message #9 of 70 Feb 28, 2018
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    The Blu Ray looks spectacular enough uprezzed. No desire to see more of the burn marks or blood in 4K or the violence played out in that Rez. And not a film worth watching more than once IMHO. Basically an anti-cop, revenge porn British rendition of what “American” life is. Still waiting for their self examination or an American examination of their royal worshipping mess of their own country.
    It seem like a Coen Bro’s film cause it’s McDormand doing her same quirky shtick with a Southern Accent this time which is stil fun and entertaining. But Harrelson and Rockwell really make this one. But not worth repeating imho.
    Luv the slipcover!
     
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    I bought the Blu-ray as a pre-order long before this thread was posted. I'm sure the 4K is wonderful but, as I am the only one in my house that would care about such an upgrade, we don't seem likely to do that, so going for the Blu saved me money in the short term.

    I went through the extras last night. I'm super glad to have Six Shooter on disc; as a fan of McDonagh's from his stage work, I bought that on iTunes years ago and am delighted to have it in better quality to play on my TV (not to mention to get it off of my hard drive.)

    I would like to suggest, however, that Fox really should add a "play all" function to the deleted scenes section. It surprised me that the section for the film's trailers had a play all but the deleted scenes did not. Because I did watch them all, it got to be an annoyance to have to click for the next one every time. This is ultimately a minor thing, but it would also have been a minor thing to add a "play all" feature.
     
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    A film that my wife and I enjoyed very much. Also a film on which Tino and I will agree to disagree for I hope that it will neither win BP nor BA for McDormand (this role was not a stretch for her).
     
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    I'm in Tino's court. Best Picture, Best Actress in a Leading Role, Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

    For sheer entertainment, I rated The Greatest Showman, Baby Driver & Beauty and the Beast higher than 3 Billboards. But they aren't nominated for BP. Of the films that were nominated, 3 Billboards is my pick.

    Mark
     
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    I plan on watching this film again before the Oscars. I just got my disc yesterday.
     
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    The 4K I got cheap off Ebay should be here tomorrow, so I will have seen this before the Oscars.
     
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    For the record, Dunkirk was my favorite film of the year. I just don’t think it will win BP or BD tomorrow unfortunately.

    It will win a few technical awards tho so it wont go home empty handed.

    But I also have no issues with 3 Billboards winning in its nominated categories.
     
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    I really admired the performances and the writer-director's determined efforts not to tie the story up with nice, neat bows.

    I do think it casts its thematic net over a wide variety of issues: loss, anger, revenge, prejudices of all kinds, misconceptions, and redemption while not quite examining them with the depth that would have made it more satisfying for me.

    So I admired it without loving it. Dunkirk remains my favorite of the Best Picture nominees I've seen, but I don't think it has a prayer of winning.

    It'll be this or The Shape of Water.
     
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    You clearly have some issues here if you think it's the UK that's in a mess: but let's steer clear of politics shall we?
     
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    Finally saw this over the weekend, and unlike Darkest Hour, this film was a major disappointment. The 'white cops all being racist' theme took the story down a path I did not want it to go. Walked out half way thru
     
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    One cop was racist and I thought it was a fine film, but opinions may vary.
     
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    Yeah, Woody Harrelson's character was a flawed but ultimately decent guy who could find the best in people and faced his own impending death with bravery & decency.
     
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