A few words about…™ Groundhog Day — in 4k UHD Blu-ray

Strangely, a magnificent 4k example of film, made with fillum, that should not be overlooked. 4 Stars

With over two hundred films now in release in 4k format, I’d often wondered why the very first to come to mind, as the quintessential 4k release had not yet appeared.

Now, thanks to the wonderful folks at Columbia, it has.

Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell can now be yours, exclusively from Best Buy, for only $24.99.

Photographed on 35mm film in 1992, and released in 1993, its elements have not only survived, but have been upgraded from mere fillum, and Dolby Stereo, to 4k and Dolby Atmos.

You can now visit every single bit of film grain — quite lovely and velvety actually — as photographed by the great John Bailey…

and strangely, via 4k projections and HDR, I’ve come to realize precisely how beautifully this film was photographed.

Mocketh, if you will, a 4k release of a lower budgeted (and extremely beloved) motion picture, but don’t for a moment believe that 4k is wasted here.

With a main title sequence so sharp that one might harm themselves by getting to close to the screen, Groundhog Day is a stunner in the 4k.

A couple of things to watch out for, as you can now actually see them in detail, Doc Erickson (aka C.O. Erickson) as Herman, the bank guard.

Don’t know who Mr. Erickson was?

Best to look him up, as you’re missing out on a man with an extraordinary career.

Also, look for Michael Shannon, in his first screen appearance, and director Ramis as the neurologist.

Also, while you’re visiting, don’t forget to pick up some insurance from Stephen Tobolowsky.

Every time I view Groundhog Day, I’m taken back to Jonathan Heap’s Academy Award nominated short film, 12:01 PM.

Strangely, a magnificent 4k example of film, made with fillum, that should not be overlooked.

As always, Columbia has done wonders with this one.

Image – 5

Audio – 5 (Dolby Atmos)

4k – 5

Upgrade from Blu-ray – Definately!

Pass / Fail – Pass

Highly Recommended

RAH

Published by

Robert Harris

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53 Comments

  1. Robert Harris

    With over two hundred films now in release in 4k format, I'd often wondered why the very first to come to mind, as the quintessential 4k release had not yet appeared.

    Now, thanks to the wonderful folks at Columbia, it has.

    Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell can now be yours, exclusively from Best Buy, for only $24.99.

    Photographed on 35mm film in 1992, and released in 1993, its elements have not only survived, but have been upgraded from mere fillum, and Dolby Stereo, to 4k and Dolby Atmos.

    You can now visit every single bit of film grain — quite lovely and velvety actually — as photographed by the great John Bailey…

    and strangely, via 4k projections and HDR, I've come to realize precisely how beautifully this film was photographed.

    Mocketh, if you will, a 4k release of a lower budgeted (and extremely beloved) motion picture, but don't for a moment believe that 4k is wasted here.

    With a main title sequence so sharp that one might harm themselves by getting to close to the screen, Groundhog Day is a stunner in the 4k.

    A couple of things to watch out for, as you can now actually see them in detail, Doc Erickson (aka C.O. Erickson) as Herman, the bank guard.

    Don't know who Mr. Erickson was?

    Best to look him up, as you're missing out on a man with an extraordinary career.

    Also, look for Michael Shannon, in his first screen appearance, and director Ramis as the neurologist.

    Also, while you're visiting, don't forget to pick up some insurance from Stephen Tobolowsky.

    Every time I view Groundhog Day, I'm taken back to Jonathan Heap's Academy Award nominated short film, 12:01 PM.

    Strangely, a magnificent 4k example of film, made with fillum, that should not be overlooked.

    As always, Columbia has done wonders with this one.

    Image – 5

    Audio – 5 (Dolby Atmos)

    4k – 5

    Upgrade from Blu-ray – Definately!

    Pass / Fail – Pass

    Highly Recommended

    RAH

    Thanks …
    You can say that again 🙂

  2. Wow, $32 with tax and shipping (available for shipping only). But I adore this film, and hoping that it might help get more catalog titles released in 4K I'll take the plunge and order it. Thanks for the glowing and entertaining write-up Robert!

  3. When pressed to name my absolute favorite movie (of all time)…Groundhog Day is the answer I give.

    Even though I'm not completely 4k-ready, I'll be picking this up.

    If there are people out there who haven't yet watched the film while listening to Harold Ramis' commentary, check it out. I hope the commentary is carried over to the 4k release.

  4. Mike Frezon

    When pressed to name my absolute favorite movie (of all time)…Groundhog Day is the answer I give.

    Even though I'm not completely 4k-ready, I'll be picking this up.

    If there are people out there who haven't yet watched the film while listening to Harold Ramis' commentary, check it out. I hope the commentary is carried over to the 4k release.

    It is.

  5. The pre order price dropped from $24.99 to $19.99 today.

    I ordered this and Starship Troopers 4k. It won't arrive until Friday with free shipping, but that's ok.

    Really looking forward to this one.

  6. Groundhog Day is one of a short list of films that I have rewatched many times over. It joins the ranks of The Shawshank Redemption, The Godfather I and II, This is Spinal Tap, The Fifth Element, Dark City, Vertigo, Chris Nolan's films, and the original Star Wars trilogy (and even this has been rewatched less since Lucas tried to kill the OUT version) as movies that I really can't go too long without popping into the player again.

    This would normally be a no-brainer preorder, but with Mr. Harris's endorsement, that's just icing on the cake.

    I had to google who Michael Shannon played in the movie. I never would have guessed that was him.

  7. Carlo Medina

    And I just got the shipping notice. I was afraid I’d ordered too late and it would be delayed. It’s supposed to be here this week, which means it will be here in plenty of time for Groundhog Day.

    Well maybe it'll come around again … Best Buy has this on sale this week for $19.99 …

    https://www.bestbuy.com/site/ground…y-only–best-buy-1993/6145007.p?skuId=6145007

  8. Carlo Medina

    Not sure what you mean broll? It looks like it’s still in stock. If you want one, buy one. Mine is arriving tomorrow or Wednesday.

    Bad joke sorry – I should be getting one shipped as it's packed and ready for USPS to pick it up … Although I could swear I've been through this before … :unsure::wacko::D

  9. Lord Dalek

    Did this really need to be in Atmos though?

    Probably not and I have to wonder if they really added any Atmos objects to the mix or just took the prior mix and remastered it as Atmos. Reminds me of when I'm watching something on TV that's clearly mono or 2-channel stereo but because the Dolby Digital trigger is sent down, my receiver "thinks" it's 5.1 Dolby Digital.

  10. I ordered this from Best Buy yesterday morning and I just got notified by UPS that it is being delivered tomorrow. Nice!

    Even better, Best Buy's sale (currently priced at $19.99) also includes 250 bonus rewards points (worth $5 for next Best Buy purchase). So, effectively, this 4K gem is just $14.99 (plus the tax on $19.99). DEAL!

    Mark

  11. zoetmb

    Probably not and I have to wonder if they really added any Atmos objects to the mix or just took the prior mix and remastered it as Atmos. Reminds me of when I'm watching something on TV that's clearly mono or 2-channel stereo but because the Dolby Digital trigger is sent down, my receiver "thinks" it's 5.1 Dolby Digital.

    Delicately…

  12. I bought it online too, but debating whether to pick it up or let the order expire and cancel. It's not exactly one of my favorite comedies as I think it will be sold by other retailers in the coming months for a cheaper price.

  13. Robert Crawford

    I bought it online too, but debating whether to pick it up or let the order expire and cancel. It's not exactly one of my favorite comedies as I think it will be sold by other retailers in the coming months for a cheaper price.

    Cheaper than $14.99?

  14. Tino

    No. You get it If you are part of the reward zone program. I got the $5 in points and did not use my BB card.

    Well so much for getting that $5.00. I'll just wait and buy it later for a cheaper price when it's available to other retailers.

  15. Peter Neski

    Quintessential 4k release ????? I would have bet a million bucks you would have said Lawrence ,this is a fun picture ,but re buying it??

    It is a very interesting release as it shows that even a not very well lit 35mm production from the 80s can benefit from a UHD release to a degree that an upgrade can be recommended.

  16. OliverK

    It is a very interesting release as it shows that even a not very well lit 35mm production from the 80s can benefit from a UHD release to a degree that an upgrade can be recommended.

    Is this on par with A Few Good Men 4k?

  17. I echo Tino's comments. I am an Elite Plus Rewards member. Elite Plus members get 1.25 points for each dollar spent. Groundhog Day 4K is my only Best Buy purchase in the last 2-3 weeks. Here's what my Rewards account is showing me right now:

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    274 points pending. 250 are the bonus points. The other 24 points are 1.25 x $19 = 23.75 (then rounded up).

    Enrolling in Best Buy Rewards is free. Only laziness will prevent someone from getting the 250 bonus points with the purchase of Groundhog Day 4K. Either that or procrastination. I believe the 250 bonus points offer expires Saturday (it's in this week's BB ad).

    Mark

  18. TonyD

    Yeah that’s not how I math.

    It’s 21.xx out of pocket.

    When I get the $5 credit and use it that’s the item that will be $5 cheaper.

    That's how I look at it with the Amazon points I build up using their credit card. I rarely buy items at Best Buy, so the only way I can get reward points there is by using their credit card, which I usually only use for special free financing deals on larger purchases, such as our 4K displays.

  19. Scott Merryfield

    That's how I look at it with the Amazon points I build up using their credit card. I rarely buy items at Best Buy, so the only way I can get reward points there is by using their credit card, which I usually only use for special free financing deals on larger purchases, such as our 4K displays.

    As has been mentioned, you don’t need to use the BB credit card to get reward zone points.

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