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Oh. What a shame. My 4K has just arrived in the UK. Was lookiing forward to watching the superior quality.
 

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Thank you Mr Harris for the honest review and now I know I will stay clear of the 4K release that I was planning on adding to my library. Could have sworn that I had Platoon on blu-ray but all I can find is my dvd so it looks like I will be picking up the Shout Factory 2018 steelbook blu-ray today. I would have thought I would have gotten around to updating this movie to blu-ray some time ago but I guess it never happened. I really dislike when a studio puts out a 4K disc which has had the natural film grain scrubbed out of it like what was done for Terminator 2.


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Thank you Mr Harris for the honest review and now I know I will stay clear of the 4K release that I was planning on adding to my library. Could have sworn that I had Platoon on blu-ray but all I can find is my dvd so it looks like I will be picking up the Shout Factory 2018 steelbook blu-ray today. I would have thought I would have gotten around to updating this movie to blu-ray some time ago but I guess it never happened. I really dislike when a studio puts out a 4K disc which has had the natural film grain scrubbed out of it like what was done for Terminator 2.


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Don't get the Shout Factory BD since it's almost certainly from the same bad transfer/master as the 4K.

Just get the (probably cheaper) old MGM version instead.

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Don't get the Shout Factory BD since it's almost certainly from the same bad transfer/master as the 4K.

Just get the (probably cheaper) old MGM version instead.

_Man_

Didn't get the new blu-ray that would be paired with the 4K disc. I got the blu-ray from 2018 that should be good from what I am reading.
 

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Didn't get the new blu-ray that would be paired with the 4K disc. I got the blu-ray from 2018 that should be good from what I am reading.
It is my understanding that the 2018 Blu-ray is derived from the same 4K scan used for this 4K/UHD release. Anyhow, I have all four discs including the 2011 Blu-ray, 2018 Blu-ray and 2022 4K/UHD and Blu-ray. One day I'll sit down and do some comparisons after watching the 4K/UHD disc.
 

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Didn't get the new blu-ray that would be paired with the 4K disc. I got the blu-ray from 2018 that should be good from what I am reading.
The 2018 is the Shout Factory release from the same master as the 4K disc. The 2011 MGM release is the one to look for.
 

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Platoon has always had a complicated history with home video, going back to the days of VHS. As I mentioned earlier in the thread, the first copy I owned was a VHS tape - an official release - that was recorded at the slowest speed, so it used the least amount of tape. Platoon wasn't owned by one of the major studios and as such, it seemed to float around to different home video labels. Had it been a Paramount film or a Warner film, it would have had a consistent lineage of video releases.
 

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Yeah, Platoon (along w/ some others) was basically stuck in limbo and owned by Polygram for a time during the 90's IIRC before being acquired (along w/ much of the small-ish-time Polygram catalog/library) by MGM, which essentially means more time in a albeit-somewhat-better home video purgatory of sorts -- well, I suppose it did at least get a reasonably alright BD release fairly early on in the BD era... though these later Shout releases unfortunately apparently suck.

Think I might still have the original/1st, non-16x9 DVD released thru Live during the early DVD days that was also one of the early OOP DVDs that fetched crazy-ish $$$ on eBay back then... until it finally got another release years later. I kept that old DVD for the extras that weren't all rereleased w/ subsequent disc releases at least until much later IIRC -- I'm actually not completely sure if all those extras ever made it onto any of the subsequent DVD or BD releases...

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Platoon has always had a complicated history with home video, going back to the days of VHS. As I mentioned earlier in the thread, the first copy I owned was a VHS tape - an official release - that was recorded at the slowest speed, so it used the least amount of tape. Platoon wasn't owned by one of the major studios and as such, it seemed to float around to different home video labels. Had it been a Paramount film or a Warner film, it would have had a consistent lineage of video releases.

Yeah, Platoon (along w/ some others) was basically stuck in limbo and owned by Polygram for a time during the 90's IIRC before being acquired (along w/ much of the small-ish-time Polygram catalog/library) by MGM, which essentially means more time in a albeit-somewhat-better home video purgatory of sorts -- well, I suppose it did at least get a reasonably alright BD release fairly early on in the BD era... though these later Shout releases unfortunately apparently suck.

Think I might still have the original/1st, non-16x9 DVD released thru Live during the early DVD days that was also one of the early OOP DVDs that fetched crazy-ish $$$ on eBay back then... until it finally got another release years later. I kept that old DVD for the extras that weren't all rereleased w/ subsequent disc releases at least until much later IIRC -- I'm actually not completely sure if all those extras ever made it onto any of the subsequent DVD or BD releases...

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Platoon's rights were always a mess. In the 80s, there was a massive battle between Hemdale [the producers], Vestron [whom Hemdale originally sold video rights to], HBO [whom Hemdale tried to double-dip with] and Orion [theatrical distributors], over who got to release it on home video. It got ugly.
 

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My order of Platoon 2018 Shout Factory steelcase blu-ray has been canceled. I guess I will be ordering the MGM blu-ray as I wouldn't hold my breath for a corrected 4K blu-ray to come out any time soon. I was looking forward to having this movie on a 4K blu-ray and it is to bad they botched it! Just ordered the MGM blu-ray of Platoon and also A Few Dollars More.
 
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