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    4K UHD, Blu-ray or streaming

    I bought my first 4K TV last month and am really enjoying it. I've watched several classic and recent movies in the higher format recently and gained some new visual perspective on some of them. I have 2001: A Space Odyssey, Blade Runner among others in the UHD Blu-ray format. Those were the first discs I watched and recommend them highly as reference discs if you've updated.

    Thought I'd start this thread to consolidate all the talk of 4K and even beyond, since the upcoming (maybe?) Tokyo Olympics were set to be the first filmed in 8K, and 2001 has already premiered in that format in Japan.

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    2001 is incredible in 4k!

    Unfortunately streaming 4k is still pretty crappy. But a great UHD disc is insane. Most of Nolan's work is really good to watch in that format.

    Oddly enough so is Schindler's List. You literally won't believe the difference with the cinematogrpahy in that film in 4k

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    I've got to say that my experience so far streaming in 4K hasn't been very bad at all. My connection is very fast too, so that helps perhaps. I still prefer physical media for the availability, and the flexibility of the format. I bought Arrow Video's 4K Blu of David Cronenberg's Crash, and it has all of the special features which probably last over 3 hours.

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    I have a fast conenction too. But even though I can get about 30megabytes a sec download speed. Netflix tops out at around 17. Which is low even for 1080p let alone 2160.

    It's passable to look at. But just not great

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    Yup, 4K UHD discs (and the supporting hardware) is where its at. Streaming is hit or miss for me to be honest. Best discs IMHO:

    - Bladerunner 2049 (best combo of sound and video quality- perfect for demoing an AV system)
    - The Revenant (bar none, best picture quality- although it seems to have some fast motion distortion issues during some scenes)
    - Animal Planet II (looks great, with a larger aspect ratio to fill out the screen)
    - Actually the Mad Max FR BRD does a great job of upscaling, best I’ve seen from a BRD. Bought the 4K UHD off Amazon recently and it was a mess, twice (damaged packaging, etc.) Looked slightly better but returned it twice since I didn’t trust where it came from.

    Tenet and Joker seem slightly overrated IMO. The last Star Wars one is great as well. Got a bunch of them and plan on adding a few in the coming months (Soul with TR). Hoping to upgrade the audio this summer, kind of a dork/audiophile for this stuff.

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