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!

  3. Paul_Warren

    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!

    No, actually it's a well documented issue that many people have with Studio Canal's THE FOG UHD, and several other Studio Canal UHDs, as well. I know how to calibrate my OLED, thank you very much! Apparently, the artifacting affects the HDR-10 layer, while the Dolby Vision layer isn't affected. So yeah, I suppose if I bought a new UHD player that supported Dolby Vision I'd be okay, but there's no reason for Studio Canal to be short-changing the HDR-10 layer on these discs like they are (THE DEER HUNTER is another one I have that has some really awful artifacting in HDR-10).

    Vincent

  4. I watched "The Fog" and "Escape From New York" Saturday.

    Overall I'm pretty impressed. The picture quality is great ( especially EFNY) the best I have seen.

    The silent menu screen is odd to me. It seems like there should be a loop of original music or something.
    Maybe there is and my player is glitching?
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  5. Happy to hear that the presentations are good!
    No doubt that these will be released here in the USA eventually but has anybody heard of a timeline? These are OOP and are commanding high prices on places like eBay.

    Bring on all of John Carpenter’s work in UHD is what I say 😀

    Regards

  6. SAhmed

    Happy to hear that the presentations are good!
    No doubt that these will be released here in the USA eventually but has anybody heard of a timeline? These are OOP and are commanding high prices on places like eBay.

    I have the standard editions which are available now from Amazon UK. The chances of these being released in the U.S. I think are pretty slim. Shout Factory charges $30 for new single BD releases now, with higher replication cost for 4K I don't think the sales numbers would justify a release. That is the reason I bought the U.K. UHD titles.

  7. Bryan – I did not know that standard editions had been released as I was referring to the 3 disc limited editions as you correctly recognized.
    Thanks for letting me know although my wallet will hate you for it 😀

    Regards

  8. Bryan^H

    I have the standard editions which are available now from Amazon UK. The chances of these being released in the U.S. I think are pretty slim. Shout Factory charges $30 for new single BD releases now, with higher replication cost for 4K I don't think the sales numbers would justify a release. That is the reason I bought the U.K. UHD titles.

    When it comes to the actual discs do the standard editions omit the special/bonus feature disc or just the soundtrack CD?

  9. Bryan^H

    I watched "The Fog" and "Escape From New York" Saturday.

    Overall I'm pretty impressed. The picture quality is great ( especially EFNY) the best I have seen.

    The silent menu screen is odd to me. It seems like there should be a loop of original music or something.
    Maybe there is and my player is glitching?
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    Thanks a lot for making my wallet scream a little more than usual this month Bryan. 😉 I had no idea these had been released in 4K UHD across the pond, and I ended up ordering EFNY *and* They Live.

  10. ScottJH

    When it comes to the actual discs do the standard editions omit the special/bonus feature disc or just the soundtrack CD?

    Poster, soundtrack and booklet are missing. Bonus content on disc remain. But remember the BD (with special features) itself is locked in region B. If you're buying this for all region you are only getting the 4K disc in that department.

  11. Worth

    They might get a domestic release through Lionsgate, which handles North American distribution for Studio Canal. But who knows?

    MGM has the US home video rights to The Fog, while the US home video rights to They Live and Prince of Darkness are with Universal.

  12. Derrick King

    MGM has the US home video rights to The Fog, while the US home video rights to They Live and Prince of Darkness are with Universal.

    Ah, right, forgot about that. I saw The Fog and Escape From New York theatrically recently, and they opened with the Studio Canal logo.

  13. The Fog is an AVCO Embassy Pictures production.

    This section from Wikipedia explains who owns what.

    Library ownership and property rights
    Today, the Embassy corporation, its divisions and film and television holdings, are split. The underlying rights to a majority of the Embassy library are currently held by French production company StudioCanal, with individual media rights leased to other companies. The theatrical rights to the Embassy film library were previously managed by Stuart Lisell Films, and are now serviced by Rialto Pictures.

    Home entertainment rights (DVD, Blu-ray) were previously divided among Image Entertainment, The Criterion Collection, and Anchor Bay Entertainment, via separate output deals. Currently, the majority of the best-known Embassy titles are controlled by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer due to previous VHS or DVD releases through their inheritance of PolyGram's “Epic” film library, with 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment handling distribution for MGM, and in turn sublicensed to other video companies for its prestige titles packaged as special collectors’ editions. Any other remaining titles are handled by Lionsgate Home Entertainment, due to their longtime relationship with StudioCanal over their Carolco library.

    Sony Pictures Entertainment retained the television rights to most of the Embassy theatrical library and the Embassy logo, names, and trademarks through its subsidiary ELP Communications.[16]

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