I may be knit-picking, but I’m unhappy with black levels, which should be more natural and open. I’m also seeing some differentiation in grain structure. For example, a large area may have normal grain, but skin areas will be virtually grainless.
Keep in mind that the element has dye fade, and the process that my group shepherded to alleviate the problem was given to the studio. The proper use of the process is, however, a bit more complex than one might presume on the surface. One size does not fit all, and getting things correct can be a bit of a deep dive.
Spartacus, for example, too, needed more massaging than one might expect, but appears more accurate.
Same stocks, same lab, virtually the same problems, with variances.
Robert and I view and consider films from two very different perspectives. He’s much more forgiving.
Probably not.Robert, do you think the 1959 Ben-Hur would benefit from a 4K release with it's 2.76 AR? I sit 16 feet from my 86 inch TV. Would I notice the difference over the 2K Blu-ray?
Now that I’ve got access to the 4K version, I’ve done some experimenting with mattes (via my projector’s pixel-blanking capabilities) and I’ve found that matting to 1.85:1 retains perfect composition and doesn’t even clip the decorative banners in the credits, however, matting to 2:1 is too tight and does actually clip one credit scene on the bottom. The maximum amount I was able to matte without clipping any credit text was 1.92:1, which is the setting I’m going to use when I watch it this weekend.For my 4K viewing this Easter I’m going to project it in a new aspect ratio. Even though the “recommended” aspect ratio for all VistaVision films is 1.85:1, they were supposed to be protected for 1.66:1-2.00:1, so I’m going to give the maximum 2.00:1 a try, as I believe a lot of folks saw it in that ratio back in 1956.
Mark, Yesterday I watched Ten C up until the Intermission. Beautiful ! I could not wait to see Greatest Show PQ. It looks Gorgeous ! The Best I have ever seen it in it's proper screen size. Amazon Prime has it in HD, but it's blown up to look like it was made in Vistavision. That's Not right. I can't wait to see Last Train From Gun Hill.Watched beautiful 4k Ten Commandments last night! Tonight is Greatest Show on Earth. I am sure I will be dissapointed by comparison.
I got mine yesterday ! It looks Great in 4K ! Only problem is when disc starts you have to skip 12 chapters of all different languages that show on screen. Annoying.
Pressing "Top Menu" does not work on the 4K disc to get to the main menu when the warnings are played. Also be aware there is no "resume" function on the 4K so if you stop the player (or pause it and it goes into auto-shut down) you have to go through the whole megilla of the warnings both when you start the disk and when you finally get past the newest Paramount/CBS mountain logo.I got mine yesterday ! It looks Great in 4K ! Only problem is when disc starts you have to skip 12 chapters of all different languages that show on screen. Annoying.