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Press Release SPHE Press Release: Bridge on the River Kwai (4k UHD)

Discussion in 'Blu-ray and UHD' started by Ronald Epstein, Jul 18, 2017.

  1. OliverK

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    I am so glad that I never had to see that version!
     
  2. Stephen PI

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    If OliverK is referring to the slow camera track between the rock looking in to the camp, that remained in the revised '63 version, but not what followed.
     
  3. Robert Harris

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    As I recall it went from the push-in to the rocks dissolve to the huge tray of food overhead.
     
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    I agree, I must have misunderstood your post.
    I thought OliverK was specifically describing the 'push in to the rocks' shot.
     
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    It's quite possible that one reason for doing an Atmos track would be to help recreate the original five speakers behind the screen 70mm roadshow mix that had directionalized dialog with a few added overhead atmospherics and more spacious surround spread when called upon.

    Dolby Atmos, like the 70mm mixes of yesteryear and later SDDS-8, has the option for five screen speakers. That hasn't changed in the home version.

    As to the HDR grading, I would imagine it will be tastefully done and match the overall look of the original film. Sony was very careful with their other catalog titles released to UHD Blu-ray.
     
  6. Robert Harris

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    Might be, if the film had not been fully monaural.
     
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  7. Message #27 of 85 Jul 25, 2017
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    Ronald Epstein

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    Now Available for Preorder

    The link below will take you directly to the product on Amazon. If you are using an adblocker you will not see link.

     
  8. Robin9

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    If any one disc could persuade me to buy a 4K projector, it would be this one. One of my ten desert island films.
     
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    Has anybody got this yet ?
     
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    Picking it up today.
     
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    Thanks Tino , Hoping its fantastic PQ plus the Dolby Atmos.
     
  12. Robert Crawford

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    I'm shock not one person on this forum has commented yet on viewing this 4K/UHD release.:(

    Anyhow, mine is out for delivery today so it's immediately getting viewed once it gets into my possession.:dance:
     
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    Mine arrived earlier this week, but with the Scary Movie Challenge in full swing I haven't had time to fit it in. Looking forward to your impressions Robert, and I'm hoping that Mr. Harris will give us "A Few Words About..." this release as well.
     
  14. Scott Merryfield

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    I am still waiting for the price to drop below $20 before buying this one. Based on the past history of Sony UHD releases, it shouldn't take too long.
     
  15. Robert Crawford

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    Some titles are too worthy to me to wait for such pricing. I bought this disc from Deep Discount for $20.99, I'm not going to quibble for another buck or so off.
     
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    I can understand that. I did something similar with Bram Stoker's Dracula, driving to Walmart to pick it up because I wanted to see it now, with it being Halloween month. I still have more things to watch than time over the the next few weeks, though, so I'm trying to be patient on most titles.

    With no sales tax, that $20.99 price at DDD works out to less than $20 if bought through Amazon with tax added, so I may go that route if the price doesn't drop at Amazon before too long. How is DDD's shipping these days? I have not used them in several years after having several orders take a month or more to arrive after they had supposedly shipped.
     
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    Not great, this title was released Tuesday, but I ordered it on Sunday, it shipped on Monday and I received it on Saturday.
     
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    Robert Crawford

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    Sony has done a tremendous job with this release. The HDR applied was just right, not too much and something they need to copy going forward with future classic titles on 4K/UHD disc.

    I'll be looking forward to reading RAH's comments to see if he confirms my opinion or not. I suspect he might be more critical than I based on his expertise and I not having much.:)
     
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  19. Scott Merryfield

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    Glad to read that this release looks so good, Robert. I received a $5 Best Buy Rewards certificate this morning, so I went ahead and placed an order. With the reward applied, it was $17.99. With the free shipping, though, I will not have it in my hands for another week. Their website indicated it was out of stock at all the stores nearby, so this was my only option.
     
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    I bought a copy of this about a week ago. I haven't been able to watch all of it, but what I did see looked quite good to me. SONY applying HDR to this title didn't seem to change the PQ by any drastic level. A very short scene at the very beginning looked pretty grainy, but the rest of the film looked pretty decent. Of course, I wouldn't remember how this film looked theatrically as I was pretty young when it came out: however, the 4K disc of this film looked quite good to me. There was a "night" scene that pretty obviously looked like a "day for night" shot, but I'm pretty sure it probably looked that way in the original film as well.
     

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