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