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Updated 22 May

Last evening I had the opportunity to view the first hour or so of The Sting in 4k, on a 37 foot
screen. No color anomalies.

Re-visiting in home projection I saw no color problem, and am thinking the cause may have been a power outage and re-set of of some portions of my system.

What I did note was very heavy grain structure in some sequences and shots, almost taking on a reticulated appearance.


I've not examined an original print in decades, and have no way of referencing whether this was intentional, possibly part of a desire to seek an 1930s appearance.

The Sting is one of those films that's not only near-perfect, but gets better with each viewing. The pleasure of re-discovery always remains.

Universal has released the film in 4k on Blu-ray, and the results are worth the upgrade.

Grain structure, the lack thereof which was an early problem is now spot on, along with resultant resolution.

Black levels are perfect. HDR has been gently applied.

The overall imagery is virtually perfect.

Audio is DTS-HD MA 5.1, and is crystal clear.

A necessity for any serious 4k library.

Image – 5

Audio – 5 (DTS_HD MA 5.1)

Pass / Fail – Pass

Upgrade from Blu-ray - Absolutely

Plays nicely with Projectors - Yes

Very Highly Recommended

RAH
 
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Thanks for your thoughts. I'll have to think about this before buying a less-than-perfect 4K disc.
 

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I still have my HD DVD disc and even though that format was discontinued years ago my player still works. Did not get around to buying the Blu-ray so this will be a easy buy for me.
 

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I still have my HD DVD disc and even though that format was discontinued years ago my player still works. Did not get around to buying the Blu-ray so this will be a easy buy for me.
I was perfectly satisfied with the transfer on my HD-DVD, and then the disc died, and I was forced to buy it on Blu-ray where I was tremendously dissatisfied with the overuse of DNR. I'm encouraged with RAH's opinions about the new UHD transfer. It's one of my favorite movies, but I haven't watched it lately because of that inadequate Blu-ray.
 

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The Sting is one of those films that's not only near-perfect, but gets better with each viewing. The pleasure of re-discovery always remains.

Universal has released the film in 4k on Blu-ray, and the results are worth the upgrade.

Grain structure, which was an early problem is now spot on, along with resultant resolution.

Black levels are perfect. HDR has been gently applied.

The overall imagery is virtually perfect. The only minor problem noted involves occasional skin tones, which seem to go off in an odd direction.

Audio is DTS-HD MA 5.1, and is crystal clear.

A necessity for any serious 4k library.

Image – 4.8

Audio – 5 (DTS_HD MA 5.1)

Pass / Fail – Pass

Upgrade from Blu-ray - Absolutely

Very Highly Recommended

RAH
Yesterday, one poster stated it was too grainy and another poster stated it was degrained. Now, RAH states the grain structure is spot on. :laugh: My 4K disc still hasn't arrived, but I'm looking forward to formulating my opinion about this video presentation.:D
 

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The Sting is one of those films that's not only near-perfect, but gets better with each viewing. The pleasure of re-discovery always remains.

Universal has released the film in 4k on Blu-ray, and the results are worth the upgrade.


RAH

Have you taken a look at the enclosed Blu-ray? I'm curious if it's a new transfer or just a repackaging of the old one.
 
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. . . . on Blu-ray where I was tremendously dissatisfied with the overuse of DNR. I'm encouraged with RAH's opinions about the new UHD transfer. It's one of my favorite movies, but I haven't watched it lately because of that inadequate Blu-ray.
That's exactly my position.
 

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Could not agree more - it's nauseating.
I fully agree however, releasing a new blu might create more problems for them - as some unscrupulous folks might buy the 4k replace the new blu-ray with the old and return it for a refund.

So long as your 4K player supports it, you can output to 1080p (so long as you use a 4K rated HDMI cable). I'm not sure why Universal even included a blu-ray at all.

At bare minimum they should have re-authored the blu-ray to remove the archaic (from 2013!) references to BDLive (a "feature" that have caused issues in the past if you are not connected to the interwebs or had a slow connection to same). Especially since Universal basically used BDLive to send push ads to the screen to entice you to see their latest popcorn muncher which had no relation to the film you were watching. :(
 

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I fully agree however, releasing a new blu might create more problems for them - as some unscrupulous folks might buy the 4k replace the new blu-ray with the old and return it for a refund.

So long as your 4K player supports it, you can output to 1080p (so long as you use a 4K rated HDMI cable). I'm not sure why Universal even included a blu-ray at all.

At bare minimum they should have re-authored the blu-ray to remove the archaic (from 2013!) references to BDLive (a "feature" that have caused issues in the past if you are not connected to the interwebs or had a slow connection to same). Especially since Universal basically used BDLive to send push ads to the screen to entice you to see their latest popcorn muncher which had no relation to the film you were watching. :(
Really, I doubt there are enough of those folks going through all that trouble to cause issues for the studio's profit margin.
 

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Shouldn't mean anything except your TV will not display it in anything higher than 1080p.
Not necessarily. Sometimes iTunes uses the new master for 1080p, sometimes the old one. Fatal Attraction, The Hunt for Red October and The Mummy (1999) all default to older transfers for 1080p playback, and I'm sure there are other examples.
 

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