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Robert Harris

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Frank Darabont's wonderful 1999 film based upon Stephen King's serial novel, is one of those new hybrid 4k UHD releases.

It's a "serial" novel, because it was released in soft cover in six parts, a bit akin to the works of Dickens, although without a work house. It was originally published (in parts) in 1996, in the UK in hardcover in 2000, and later via specialized publisher Subterranean Press (if you're unfamiliar with them, check them out) in six parts with a matching slip case.

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As an example of their publishing concept, the tome(s) were released in three variants: an edition of 2,000 copies, unsigned, cloth-bound; a limited edition of 148 signed and numbered sets in leather and cloth, also in a slipcase, and a special lettered edition of 52, with an original sketch matted in the traycase.

I'm a huge fan of Subterranean.

Returning to the new 4k, it's beautiful in projection, with wonderful blacks, great shadow detail and terrific color. What it lacks is any connection to cinema or film.

But in 2022, that's okay if the filmmaker's deem it so. Whether they requested that it be done, or whether I saw a test and like it, I've not a clue. And even though I may personally not like the look of it, it doesn't matter.

The further reality is that from that oft-mentioned proper seating distance, one can't tell the difference anyway.

What all of these words mean is that a "grain-managed" production, with the work done at the behest of, or at least approved by the filmmaker(s), is just fine. Since the word "restoration" isn't being used, it's even more than fine.

What's interesting from a technical perspective, is that this 4k UHD release has taken a production shot on film, and massaged it to appear to have been shot digitally.

And again, that's just fine.

A terrific film from Warner Bros., now available in what we'll call a re-imagined release.

Image – 5 (HDR)

Audio – 5 (Dolby Atmos)

Pass / Fail – Pass

Plays nicely with projectors - Yes

Makes use of and works well in 4k - 5

Upgrade from Blu-ray - Yes

Highly Recommended

RAH
 

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I think it looks beautiful. This is also my favorite film adaptation of a Stephen King story (edging out both The Shawshank Redemption and Stand by Me). I'm very pleased with the UHD.

On a side note, I never would've guessed you were a Subterranean fan.:)
 
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I think it looks beautiful. This is also my favorite film adaptation of a Stephen King story (edging out both The Shawshank Redemption and Stand by Me). I'm very pleased with the UHD.

On a side note, I never would've guessed you were a Subterranean fan.:)
Huge. I have one of their books under long-term option.
 

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I think it looks beautiful. This is also my favorite film adaptation of a Stephen King story (edging out both The Shawshank Redemption and Stand by Me). I'm very pleased with the UHD.

On a side note, I never would've guessed you were a Subterranean fan.:)
I suppose most people would be OK ... as long as it didn't turn out to be The Teal Mile ;)!
 

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Robert:

Your thoughts or preference compared to the existing Blu-ray?

Apologies. Just noted your upgrade rating of yes. I can’t figure out how to delete – only to edit
 

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Robert:

Your thoughts or preference compared to the existing Blu-ray?

Apologies. Just noted your upgrade rating of yes. I can’t figure out how to delete – only to edit
@cda1143 Are you posting on a mobile device or desk top as the delete button is near the edit one?
 

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Another fan of Subterranean Press and have several limited edition King novels from them. Great to see other fans here.

I'll be interested to pick this title up. Although I'll never part with my original The Green Mile DVD, it was signed by Mr. Darabont himself for me on its original release date at Dave's Laser Place in the San Fernando Valley and I was last in line and he was gracious enough to spend a few minutes chatting with me about future King projects. I asked him about adapting future King works, like the Dark Tower series to which he replied "I'd love to...but who in Hollywood could pull that off? They don't make them like Cooper/Eastwood back in the heyday of Westerns" Remember this conversation would have happened in 1999 or early 2000, whenever the DVD was released, and before any streaming services and long-form series were a thing in America.

Coincidentally I had recently (maybe the year prior?) had my copies of Bag of Bones signed by Mr. King at a signing in Santa Monica, where I asked him almost the reverse question, about if he thought the Dark Tower books might ever be adapted and if thought anyone could pull it off. I admit I "stuffed the ballot box" because I had waxed poetic about how much I loved Darabont's adaptation of Shawshank, so of course Mr. King said "I'm not sure it could be adapted, but if anyone could pull it off, Frank could."

I suddenly miss the late 1990s.
 

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