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

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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
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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!
 
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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.
 
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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.
 

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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.
 
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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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
 
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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.