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Speaking of Smear-o-vision, whoever handled the opticals on Star Trek: The Motion Picture, needs a dig to the chin. 

 

The non-effects footage looks gorgeous, like it was filmed yesterday, but any optical effects, (I.E: some of the greatest starship footage ever put on film), it's a smeared mess.

 

Not so bad in the darker scenes, but given that The Enterprise herself is brightly coloured and fucking huuuuuge, you can't help but notice how weird the grain, (or what's left of it), swarms around her. 

 

If Wrath of Khan looked like this, I'd murder someone. 

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13 hours ago, Steve McQueef said:

Speaking of Smear-o-vision, whoever handled the opticals on Star Trek: The Motion Picture, needs a dig to the chin. 

 

The non-effects footage looks gorgeous, like it was filmed yesterday, but any optical effects, (I.E: some of the greatest starship footage ever put on film), it's a smeared mess.

 

No so bad in the darker scenes, but given that The Enterprise herself is brightly coloured and fucking huuuuuge, you can't help but notice how weird the grain, (or what's left of it), swarms around her. 

 

If Wrath of Khan looked like this, I'd murder someone. 

 

Lots about this here:

 

https://twitter.com/startrekviscomp?lang=en

 

Best bit is that they reused some of the raw footage between movies but they were given different restorations, so the same material looks great in 4K HDR everywhere else, just not The Motion Picture.

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Absolutely loving my new 4K TV. It’s like watching films over for the first time again. Blade Runner was stunning. Levels of detail in some of those amazing sets just really brought to life. And finally, a great copy of Dredd to own after the shoddy blu ray release we initially got.

 

One thing that’s really surprised me is how good streaming UHD is. I assumed there would be a big difference between disc and streaming, but to my amateur eyes they both look great. Working my way through a lot of Nolan films, and The Dark Knight in particular looked incredible. Going to watch Ran in 4K n iTunes tonight which I’m very excited about.

 

One issue I’ve been having is low volume on my headphones when watching media through my PS5 via Bluetooth. Most of my viewing has to be done at night with headphones on as wife and child are asleep. I have good quality Sony Bluetooth headphones, and when streaming from one of the TV’s apps its fine, but when doing so through my PS5 (disc or iTunes) the volume is that bit quieter. It’s perfectly watchable, but would be so much better if the sound was blasting my ears. Don’t know if anyone has any suggestions?

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2 hours ago, Alex W. said:

 

Lots about this here:

 

https://twitter.com/startrekviscomp?lang=en

 

Best bit is that they reused some of the raw footage between movies but they were given different restorations, so the same material looks great in 4K HDR everywhere else, just not The Motion Picture.

 

It was a mistake to do up the Theatrical Version anyway. I'm surprised they bothered at all. The Directors Cut has enough stuff chopped out to save a bit of time and money, just kill the theatrical rather than spend any additional money. 

 

Which makes me think it's not really a restoration but a cheap clean up job. If no effects use film, otherwise upscale and clean/make it look like lens has Vaseline on like a fucking 70s porno. 

 

There is meant to be a Director's Cut 4k going straight to Paramount+ where they made all the real effort. 

 

It's a fucking disgrace (still bought it tho)

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1989 Batman looks really nice, it's relatively soft but that's clearly just an aesthetic choice of how it was filmed, going for that noirish 1940s look. The colours, detail and the deep blacks and everything, spot on, looks just like film. HDR works great for such a dark film (it's almost black and white at times, the very limited colour palette really pops nicely)

 

 

Nice Atmos soundtrack too.

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4 hours ago, Alex W. said:

On the PS4, on the pop-up menu there's an option where you can adjust the volume of connected headphones. It's usually not turned up all the way by default. Does the PS5 have something similar?

If you go into settings it says headphones at full, so guess it’s the best I’ll get. Turned 48 yesterday so maybe I’m just getting old man hearing.

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20 hours ago, Bazjam said:

Absolutely loving my new 4K TV. It’s like watching films over for the first time again. Blade Runner was stunning. Levels of detail in some of those amazing sets just really brought to life. And finally, a great copy of Dredd to own after the shoddy blu ray release we initially got.

 

One thing that’s really surprised me is how good streaming UHD is. I assumed there would be a big difference between disc and streaming, but to my amateur eyes they both look great. Working my way through a lot of Nolan films, and The Dark Knight in particular looked incredible. Going to watch Ran in 4K n iTunes tonight which I’m very excited about.

 

One issue I’ve been having is low volume on my headphones when watching media through my PS5 via Bluetooth. Most of my viewing has to be done at night with headphones on as wife and child are asleep. I have good quality Sony Bluetooth headphones, and when streaming from one of the TV’s apps its fine, but when doing so through my PS5 (disc or iTunes) the volume is that bit quieter. It’s perfectly watchable, but would be so much better if the sound was blasting my ears. Don’t know if anyone has any suggestions?

 

I've recently gone from watching blu-rays/streams on a 32" 1080p LCD set to UHD blu-rays/streams on a 48" 4K OLED set (48" being about as big as I can get away with with how close my sofa has to be to the TV in my living room). 

 

The leap has been more dramatic for me than DVD to Blu-ray! So far on UHD blu-ray I've watched both Blade Runner 2049 and Leon. I knew the former was going to be impressive, but Leon looked staggeringly good as well - as well the obvious deep blacks, colour depth etc. what stood out for me is how well the texture and grain of the film is preserved in the digital transfer. It really does put you close to the original 35mm cinema projection, minus the cigarette burns and wear and tear of those copies we would have had in circulation in cinemas back in the day.

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On 08/10/2021 at 19:52, AstroBot said:

Matrix was simply beautiful. More recommendations?

 

or sites for hd reviews?

AV Forums is pretty good.  Some swear by Blu-ray.com as well, though just the one site + its forum is generally enough for me.

Some recommendations are earlier in the thread - if you're going for image quality then The Revenant is perhaps the number one.

Other great discs include 2001, The Shining, In The Line Of Duty, Passengers, Apocalypse Now, The Thing, Blade Runner 2049, Pacific Rim, BBC Nature Documentaries. Your mileage may vary - sometimes an older movie that's smartly mastered and keeps its grain and thus detail etc., is good, or you might prefer more modern movies shot on digital cameras.

The 60fps Ang Lee movies (Gemini Man, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk) are terrific showcases for the technology, but look weird and are pretty poor movies anyway - worth a watch if you're curious about the tech though.

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Fucking hell. I ordered that Guest 4k from Amazon, and it arrived today not even in a box or cardboard envelope!! Just the cellophane wrapping with my address slapped on the front. Consequently there’s a small scuff mark on the back of the Blu-ray box. 😡

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