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WAR OF THE WORLDS ( 1953) fully restored HD version with extras now on iTunes !

Discussion in 'Streaming and Digital Media' started by Ken Koc, Oct 2, 2018.

  1. Tino

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    Bought that one too. And Houdini! It’s a Pal celebration!:dancing-banana-04:
     
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    I just kicked off my month-long Halloween marathon by watching this in 4K. I agree with Robert, it’s a spectacular presentation. I would have no problem if the studios should decide to go this route for classic titles: opting for 4K digital instead of a Blu-ray. 4K streaming certainly matches, if not surpassing, Blu-ray in quality.
     
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    Streaming quality is highly variable and dependent on any number of factors. Give me a disc any day of the week, but I'd rather have a title like this looking the way it does than not have it at all.
     
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    Agreed on discs.

    Any Star Wars (Han shot first) type reprisals or online boycott petitions over the wire removals yet?
     
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    I just noticed iTunes updated this to 4K can't wait to watch it.
     
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    I purchased and downloaded the HD version to my iPad and hooked it up to my projector last night to watch. I thought the presentation was excellent - it finally looks like how I remember an original 16mm Technicolor print did back in the early 80s. The wire removal is seamless - I didn't detect any artifacts from it. The 5.1 remix is perhaps a tad too aggressive, but it certainly was immersive and shook the room. All in all, it was worth getting the iTunes version and I hope it also gets a Blu-ray & 4K disc release. Once I finally get a 4K projector, I'll have to upgrade this copy as well.
     
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    Well, just in case we don't get a Blu-ray and 4K release while you're able to get a 4K projector, you know own a 4K/Dolby Vision on iTunes to watch in 4K/Dolby Vision on your new 4K projector.
     
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    Does Vudu also have the new restoration?
     
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    Not yet.
     
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    It’s now $15. Wish I had seen this thread earlier.
     
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    Has anyone watched the new iTunes version all the way thru? I experienced some brief audio dropouts towards the end when Forester is running from church to church while the martians destroy LA.

    Now on to the good. I noticed right away how much sharper and how more vivid the color was in the iTunes version. But the first thing that really grabbed me was the sound of the Martian cylinder unscrewing. It sounded like I was right next to it. I enjoyed this sound track. Sound effects were in the rear or forward using all my speakers.

    I’m disappointed the the extras don’t include the commentary from the DVD version and wish I had gotten one of the lower prices, but hey, I loved watching it.

    I also noticed When Worlds Collide is now $15 on iTunes, sales as WotW.
     
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    I've watched it twice without any audio dropouts. I wouldn't have bought it $15 as the price will drop again in the coming months.
     
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    Well, I wouldn’t have bought it either except for this stupid thread. :lol: I’m blaming you guys. ;)
     
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    I forgot to mention, no wires. Now the Martian machines can move on their own. Count me in as one who is in favor of getting rid of those damn wires.
     
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    Just got a firmware update to my receiver that activates DolbyVision so went straight to War of the Worlds (bought from iTunes months ago when it was on sale for $4.99) and confirmed it had been upgraded to new super duper edition. Only had time to sample it but my first viewing of DolbyVision was pretty impressive. Can't wait for the weekend to enjoy the entire film.
     
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    Yeah, but I bought mine at $4.99.;)
     
  18. Johnny Angell

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    Well, harrumph! :P
     
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    This is a movie that I very much want to add to my library but I need it to be on blu-ray! I would like to even get the newer Tom Cruise War Of The Worlds at least on blu-ray. But the original is much further up the want list! Other than my 4K blu-ray player that will do some streaming I am not really sure I want to buy a streaming box. I have a few times in the past thought about getting an Apple TV but it doesn't take long for me to decide not to.
     
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    The Spielberg/Cruis version is on blu ray. Has been for quite a while. I know there are mixed opinions on it, but I like it a lot.
     
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