The Fog (1980) 4K UHD mini review

Overall the UHD is the best it ever looked at home. 4 Stars

Hey Everyone, Just thought I would share a few thoughts after having watched the stunning brand new 4K UHD Studio Canal release here in the UK. UHD is region free but the 2 x BD’s (extras & the movie) are region B locked. You also get the soundtrack CD as well as a nice new poster, some picture postcards & a little booklet with a few decent archive interviews in. The overall package is very well put together the movie also includes a fancy new CG main menu. I did not watch it but understand the BD is also from the new remastered 4K transfer.

Picture quality is fantastic. Looks exactly as you would expect a 1980 low budget horror movie to look like. First 25 mins are very very dark & very grainy exactly as it should be. You will probably need to adjust the HDR on your display. I set mine to Technicolour Expert then it looked perfect before then it looked too bright I could see the compression blocks.

The new 4K image looks very sublime in many places especially the ocean waves, ocean motion & the now visible cloud shadows when the sun goes behind the cloud for a moment in a few shots. Such a natural looking picture now whenever the fog is onscreen as well. Overall the UHD is the best it ever looked at home. HDR is only used on a few shots (fog mainly & the radar screen) but it is well done when its applied.

I only listened to the LPCM2.0 Audio which sounded great it also has a few other audio options but the 2.0 sounded really good & appropriate!

Lots of extras as well all put on a single BD including a few new featurettes but I did not have the time to look at these.

If your a fan of this classic John Carpenter ghost story then this is an essential buy & still a great movie despite being 38 years old now. The screen shots below I took with an older digital camera from about 2ft away from the screen then reduced by 50% to compress the images a little at least they show some of what I am talking about.
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  1. There is some SERIOUS glitching and downright horrific compression during the scene where the Priest and Blake are holding the gold cross. The image "jumps" in and out of normal contrast in the middle of shots several times, and there are other problems as can be seen below (like that red tint to the first several frames of Tom Atkins when he runs over to grab the priest). During that really awful looking shot of Hal Holbrook with all the blocking, the bit-rate dropped to just 8.1 Mbps according to my Sony UHD player:

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  2. Vincent_P

    There is some SERIOUS glitching and downright horrific compression during the scene where the Priest and Blake are holding the gold cross. The image "jumps" in and out of normal contrast in the middle of shots several times, and there are other problems as can be seen below (like that red tint to the first several frames of Tom Atkins when he runs over to grab the priest). During that really awful looking shot of Hal Holbrook with all the blocking, the bit-rate dropped to just 8.1 Mbps according to my Sony UHD player:

    Sorry your having issues but it's not the actual disc its either your player or HDTV or HDR settings & or both! The disc is flawless once I set the HDR mode to technicolour it looks great. Before then it showed some minor black compression blocks due to the black level being boosted too high. You need to either adjust your display, UHD player or get a firmware update from the manufacturer.

    I did not get the same results as you posted either even with a different HDR mode it still looked good to me from a few inches away!

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