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Old 09-04-21, 10:26 PM
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Re: The Official Arrow Films 4K/Blu-ray Discussion and Release Thread

Thanks for the tips! I'll check those out. I'm not doing professional screenshots or anything, but I've used VLC to skim through a UHD title to look for certain shots/frames, but that program obviously does not know what to do with HDR data, so it always looks very dark compared to how it should look. I'll try MPC-BE and madVR and see how that goes!
Old 09-05-21, 10:17 PM
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Originally Posted by TomOpus View Post
There have been a couple that were region-locked. Not sure if they figured out how it happened.
That's not possible. Region-coding is not part of the UHD BD spec.
Old 09-05-21, 10:30 PM
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Originally Posted by TheBang View Post
That's not possible. Region-coding is not part of the UHD BD spec.
It's ok to be wrong, and in this case, you're 50% wrong.
You're right that it's not part of the spec, in the sense that all discs are supposed to be region free, but many UHD BDs are authored along side their BD counterparts. In terms of folder structure, they're very similar. There are absolutely a handful of examples of UHD BD discs that were 'accidentally' coded to a specific region. When this happens, some players reject them. So it is possible, just extremely unlikely.

Edit: the known locked titles are:
Death Wish (2018) and Greenland (2020) Nordic releases (Norway, Sweden, Denmark, Finland)
Weathering With You
The Outpost (2020) USA release

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Old 09-07-21, 01:42 PM
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Re: The Official Arrow Films 4K/Blu-ray Discussion and Release Thread

I watched Dune over the weekend. Overall, I'm satisfied with the disc. Some scenes (especially dark scenes) are pretty grainy, but I wasn't bothered by it. Looked more like film grain than like digital noise on my screen.

I didn't have a chance to do a direct comparison, but if I have any disappointment, it's that the 4K disc really doesn't seem to look much different from the old Universal Blu-ray, aside from cleaning up the dirt and specks that were an issue with that transfer. Colors, contrast, everything else look about the same. The movie may not have much more than 2K worth of detail due to the cost-effective camera lenses Dino De Laurentiis forced the production to use.

If this was really graded in HDR, I couldn't tell. Contrast is pretty flat on the whole. I felt like tons of opportunities were missed to emphasize highlights (such as the bright desert sun) that never exceed the SDR range. Colors also seem a little drab, especially the emperor's gold throne room. I wanted more from that, and some other scenes.

The Paul M. Sammons commentary is terrific. He worked on the film as a publicist and sounds like he'd been waiting a long time to dish some dirt on the very troubled production. I haven't gotten to the other commentary yet.

The Merchandising featurette is also good and covered most of the highlights I hoped it would mention.
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Re: The Official Arrow Films 4K/Blu-ray Discussion and Release Thread

Many films from Dino De Laurentiis have looked fairly gritty on Blu-ray, even when new film scans have been used. I think it may be baked into the production.
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Many films from Dino De Laurentiis have looked fairly gritty on Blu-ray, even when new film scans have been used. I think it may be baked into the production.
I'm less concerned with the grittiness than with the flatness of the HDR grade.
Old 09-19-21, 07:06 PM
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Re: The Official Arrow Films 4K/Blu-ray Discussion and Release Thread

For those who were waiting, True Romance 4K standard edition is now available for pre-order.
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Old 09-22-21, 09:36 PM
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Re: The Official Arrow Films 4K/Blu-ray Discussion and Release Thread

DONNIE DARKO 4K UHD

June 13: bought from Target.com
June 17: delivered
June 24: filled out replacement form
August 2: emailed them for confirmation that they received my request
August 5: got confirmation email
September 10: email that disc was ready and will be shipped next week
September 20: replacement disc arrived
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Re: The Official Arrow Films 4K/Blu-ray Discussion and Release Thread

Did Legend get delayed a couple weeks? Wasn’t it 9/28? Amazon says 10/12 now.
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Seems like it did. It says the same thing with my Zavvi order of Legend. Oh well.
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Old 10-09-21, 08:42 PM
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Sounds like a jammed great edition. Which cut to see, 1:30 te or 1:54 dc? Sounds like theatrical looks much much better but longer on dc. Anyone see longer version?
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My copy arrived today and:

The U.S. Theatrical Cut has been exclusively restored by Arrow Films for this release. The original 35mm camera negative (conformed to the International Cut of the film, which could not be included in this set due to territory specific licensing restrictions) and additional interpositive film elements were scanned in 4K resolution at Company 3, Los Angeles. The scans were manually conformed to the U.S. Theatrical Cut by Arrow Films and graded and restored in 2K at Silver Salt Restoration, London.

So the TC cut is the one that was restored from a 2K source. The DC, which is technically the better film is still the same one that was released in 2011.

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My copy arrived today and:




So the TC cut is the one that was restored from a 2K source. The DC, which is technically the better film is still the same one that was released in 2011.
Got mine today too. Wish both versions got restored, but since I prefer the theatrical cut this doesn't sting as much.
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Re: The Official Arrow Films 4K/Blu-ray Discussion and Release Thread

Hey, look! It's DVD Talk's review of Children of the Corn (UHD).

Pretty much the entire time I grew up, my mother went on and on about Children of the Corn being the most terrifying, most disturbing movie she'd ever seen, so when I finally got around to watching it in the early days of DVD, I was just...what, this? I couldn't wrap my head around how a seasoned horror nut would've been unnerved by something that tame. This was the first time I'd seen the movie since then, and...well, I dislike it less, so I guess that counts for something!
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Like you, I was never a fan of the movie. Never owned the movie, even if it was on sale.
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The new TC version of Legend looks fucking great, IMO.
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Re: The Official Arrow Films 4K/Blu-ray Discussion and Release Thread

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Hey, look! It's DVD Talk's review of Children of the Corn (UHD).

Pretty much the entire time I grew up, my mother went on and on about Children of the Corn being the most terrifying, most disturbing movie she'd ever seen, so when I finally got around to watching it in the early days of DVD, I was just...what, this? I couldn't wrap my head around how a seasoned horror nut would've been unnerved by something that tame. This was the first time I'd seen the movie since then, and...well, I dislike it less, so I guess that counts for something!
I recall seeing the TV ads as a 9-year-old in 1984 and finding them scary, but yes, the movie itself is a joke.
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If I’ve never seen Legend in full, better to go with DC or TE? DC seems more fleshed out character bits…

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