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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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    SYNOPSIS
    Young Danny Madigan (Austin O'Brien) is a lonely 11-year-old boy who escapes from his bleak reality by watching the action adventure movies of his favorite film character, Jack Slater (Arnold Schwarzenegger). When his best friend, Nick the projectionist, gives him a special ticket to the new Slater film, Danny is magically transported into Jack's world, where the good guys always win. Danny becomes his helper as Jack battles a trio of nefarious bad guys, Benedict (Charles Dance), Vivaldi (Anthony Quinn) and The Ripper (Tom Noonan). But things get out of hand when Benedict steals Danny's magic ticket stub and transports himself into the real world, where crime can, and often does, pay. Jack and Danny must leave fictional Los Angeles for real-life New York and battle the villains without the aid of movie magic or stuntmen.


    DISC DETAILS & BONUS MATERIAL
    4K ULTRA HD DISC
    Newly remastered in 4K resolution from the original camera negative, with HDR10
    All-new Dolby Atmos audio + the original theatrical SDDS mix presented as 5.1 + original theatrical stereo audio
    Audio Commentary with Director John McTiernan
    Deleted & Alternate Scenes (presented in 4K with HDR10)
    Alternate Ending (presented in 4K with HDR10)
    “Big Gun” Music Video by AC/DC
    Original Behind-the-Scenes Featurette
    Theatrical Teaser


    SET ALSO INCLUDES BLU-RAY & DIGITAL


    *From a 2019 SPHE fan poll and over 30,000 responses, LAST ACTION HERO was the most selected movie when participants were asked to choose from a list of possible 4K UHD disc releases.


    CAST AND CREW
    Directed By: John McTiernan
    Story By: Zak Penn & Adam Leff
    Screenplay By: Shane Black & David Arnott
    Producers: Steve Roth and John McTiernan
    Executive Producer: Arnold Schwarzenegger
    Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, F. Murray Abraham, Art Carney, Charles Dance, Frank McRae, Tom Noonan, Robert Prosky, Anthony Quinn, Mercedes Ruehl, Austin O’Brien


    SPECS
    Release date: May 18th, 2021
    Run Time: Approx. 131 minutes
    Rating: PG-13 for strong action sequences
    Feature Picture: 2160p Ultra High Definition, 2.39:1
    Feature Audio: English Dolby Atmos (Dolby TrueHD 7.1 Compatible) | English 5.1 DTS-HD MA | English Stereo Surround DTS-HD MA | French (PAR), Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital

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