Our Technical reviews come courtesy of Reggie, The Lord of 4K.
Sorry for the wait, but this review of the newly released Star Trek 4K set will be worth it. First of all let me say that Trek is one of the few franchises that I've owned in almost every video format. I'll have to say that this 4K set has been the best version ever. Not because I'm being biased, but Paramount really took their time with this set.
I'll be breaking down each movie just for the fact that each one brings something new to your eyes. The unfortunate part is that the only releases are The Motion Picture, Wrath of Khan, Search for Spock, & The Voyage Home. I'm hopeful that Final Frontier & Undiscovered Country will follow asap!
The soundtracks are in Dolby True-HD. There's no upgraded Atmos soundtracks, but please note that all of the great sounds that we've all grew up to hear are well represented.
The Motion Picture:
This is the one that I've really been waiting on!!! And I wasn't disappointed, even though there will be a 4K Director's Cut soon to follow. The opening scene starts off with so much clarity. The Klingon cruisers set against the V'Ger cloud was breathtaking. Now when I got to see the bridge of the Klingon cruiser I was floored. This has to be the best presentation detail that I've ever seen for TMP. There was so much depth that even the uniforms stood out. I'll even jump ahead to say that the bridge of the Enterprise was spot on. The could actually feel how dark both bridges are from the cinematography.
The tour of the refit Enterprise....(Hold up. I need a moment.)
I cried. That 9 yr old kid in me was very happy. Scott taking Kirk for his tour was beautiful. Goldsmith's score is the sound effect in itself. Going into the cloud was mesmerizing with the visuals. And the finale with Decker & Ilia really did put a strain on my eyes, so please note there might be some discomfort. Still an excellent scene remastered. You won't be disappointed.
Wrath of Khan:
Summer of '82....Gooood Tiiiiiimes!!!
The quiet scenes in the beginning were striking, but at the same time I felt there was more grain than TMP. Since all of these movies were shot on film this was expected. When Khan is introduced in the Botany Bay that scene is perfect. Seriously I was impressed with this scene alone.
When the Enterprise confronts the Reliant....WOW!!! This classic battle starts off with so much depth that it feels like you're really there. I actually thought that they pulled a Lucas, but it's the OG work from ILM. The finale in the Mutara Nebula is the reason for this movie. Dated effects but the visuals are still on par with CGI. Spock's death scene looks very closed in,& yet roomy with details.
Search For Spock:
Here's a couple of downsides that I've noticed. Kruger's Targ, & many of the Genesis planet scenes look fake. Unfortunately HD & 4K bring out flaws from older movies. This is something that can't be avoided.
The Enterprise really is the star of this 4K. From arriving & being stolen from Spacedock to being destroyed over Genesis are excellent reference showings. Awesome details on the Bird of Prey. Every scene on Vulcan was very smooth with the colors.
The Voyage Home:
The real joy from this 4K are the scenes from San Francisco. The bus scene is wonderful, & the Enterprise aircraft carrier is open & claustrophobic at the same time. The sound effects from the Probe are eerie, while George & Gracie are very soothing.
I felt that a lot of effort was made in this set. Yes, the effects are dated making some scenes a little blurry. Again I wish there was a Atmos soundtrack. Khan & Spock really could've used the overhead sounds from those speakers. But the Dolby True-HD will satisfy your surround sound systems. This was a great time watching these classics for the little kid in all if us Trek fans. I highly recommend this set for your collection.
4 & 1/2 stars out of 5.
We shall not discuss Whedon's JL version. I'm a fan of his previous work but I'm beyond disgusted how he treated people. With that being said Snyder's original vision....perfect!!!
Before I go into the technical aspects about the 4K, have to say this is the reason why studios need to let the artists create, & stop trying to cut corners. Almost 4 hrs long, but it flew by so fast just because of the story. I hope that WB has learned a lesson.
Even though the original JL was excellent, Snyder's version took it to the next level. The details in every location felt as if we were there. The battle at Wonder Woman's home & Atlantis was very immersive. And Darkseid's invasion we were able to point out every detail without any issues. Even the costumes were spot on. My wife noticed that color's stood out more than the original JL, & she loved Superman's black outfit as compared to his classic outfit. Steppenwolf's battle finale was able to mix the colors as well as the dark details. It was a perfect collage of visuals.
The Dolby Atmos wasn't as bold as the original JL 4K. But that is the joy of the Snyder Cut. Even with the Atmos soundtrack tuned down we're able to really enjoy the story. The sound itself was awesome. With the surround & Atmos speakers in perfect synch that we felt like ducking during the Darkseid's invasion. The subwoofer effects were even better during every action scene. The battle at Wonder Woman's home was a perfect example.
I hope that no one else purchased the original JL 4K. Unfortunately I did,& that's on me. Yes you may have watch the Snyder Cut on HBO Max, but streaming doesn't even come close to the actual 4K disc. If you're a DC fan I would strongly suggest that you purchase this 4K. There's only a 25 min behind the scenes for special features. Normally that would be a buzzkill, but with a movie this long I'll give this a pass.
JUST A BRUTAL ATTACK ON OUR 4K TV & SURROUND SYSTEMS!!! The colors during the Hong Kong battle sequence just jumps out at your vision. The Dolby Atmos soundtrack during the first battle on the aircraft carrier & with Mechagodzilla is really perfection. Plenty of subwoofer & Atmos speaker usage to enjoy.
Luckily I read the first review of the original 4K release. Everything from the video & sound wasn't even close to the high standards that we expect in any major home video release. (I wish that I had the heads up with the Terminator 2 4K release1)
I'm both Team DC & Team Marvel, so I have love for both franchises. I went straight to the battle scenes to test my equipment. I wasn't disappointed. Snyder did an excellent job remastering this 4K. The dark scenes were so clear that you could see the details of the characters. Very smooth resolution & very immersive.
The Atmos soundtrack was a huge improvement over the Blu-ray. Our surround speakers had a helluva workout, while both sub-woofers were brutal with the Zod/Doomsday battle.
Now for Godzilla.....totally worth the 7yr wait!!!
We can all agree that the Blu-ray version was too dark. Like Game Of Thrones, episode 3, season 8 dark. Finally we get to see all of the details that we missed. The MUTOS awakening scene had me understand the purpose of Monarch. The battles between Godzilla & the MUTOS were excellent when we can finally see the carnage.
The Atmos soundtrack was so on fire from the opening credits to the end. You'll be exhausted after watching this 4K. Even the quiet outside scenes were so immersive. Great timing for this 4K release with the release of Godzilla Vs. Kong.
There's good news,& bad news.
First the bad news, & please don't let this bring you down. If you're expecting any updated, or new features then you're out of luck. If you already have the Blu-ray it'll be the same features. So unfortunately there's nothing new.
Sadly as with the DVD & Blu-ray the surround sound mix pretty much sounded the same. Plus the sub-woofer effect for the most part wasn't there for the action scenes. I was disappointed, but I wasn't surprised for the lack of a remastered soundtrack.
Now for the good news. I can't stress how impressive the HDR was for the picture's remaster. Overall we the movie has a dark feel when it comes to the cinematography. The scenes with the Mystics, forest, & swamps looked grainy, but at the same time every detail was able to be seen. Now the real magic was with the Skeksis, & inside their castle. This alone will be the reason what 4K is all about. The dark colors of the costumes, furniture,& even the Skeksis's facial features felt like the viewer is actually there. The Emperor's death scene is the reference point of this 4K.
For what this 4K presentation is lacking doesn't take away that joy that we felt during the Summer of Sci-Fi in 1982. (I still need to get ET & the original Blade Runner to keep this feeling going.) Jim Henson & Frank Oz were really ahead of their time with originality, & technology just as Lucas, Spielberg, & Roddenberry were.
My childhood is beyond happy with the 4K release of Close Encounters of the Third Kind!!! As always Spielberg always knows how to remaster any of his films in every new technology in the past 30 yrs. I thought the Blu-ray would never be surpassed. I'm happy to say that I'm very wrong. So let's start the review shall we...
With the video....where do I start?! All of the location shots in Mexico, Mongolia, & India are the best that I've ever seen from any previous format. The scene from Indiana & Wyoming really made me feel like I was 7 yrs old in 1977. The clarity of this classic is flawless!!! My favorite scenes are Barry's Abduction Roy's Breakdown, & of course the Contact in the third act.
Now I did watch the Director's Cut since this was the way Spielberg wanted CE to been seen. I felt very cheated by Columbia that they made Spielberg shoot extra footage show the inside of the Mother Ship. Which is the version that most of us have grown up with. After watching Spielberg's interview on the bonus footage I can see why Roy's fate should've remained in our imaginations. Dick move on Columbia for cheating us out of Spielberg's artistic vision. But....of course I had to watch the Mother Ship scene, & was very emotional at how I felt like I was really inside, & the movement of the ships flying into the enclosure were just filmed with today's effects. At least you'll be happy that this is the best way to see this classic.
The sound... DUDE!!! John Williams soundtrack alone is a sound effect, & personally between Jaws & CE are his best themes. Just two notes for the main theme of Jaws, & five notes for CE...sheer genius. For this part you will not be disappointed. Now my favorite scene when it comes to the surround sound of this movie is Barry's Abduction. This scene scared the hell outta me as a kid, & it still does as an adult. I actually could hear & feel the alien footsteps from upstairs, & panning of the alien crafts actually made the hair on the back my neck stand up. As the craft is landing both of our sub-woofers brought home the fear that I still feel watching this scene.
The third act with all of the supporting crafts & the Mother ship is so bright & colorful that we had to shield our eyes. And we actually ducked a couple of times, because the DTS-HD soundtrack really did it's job.
Final thoughts... I shouldn't have to tell you!!! Please get this...again!!! Yes, we've all made Spielberg rich with every release, because he deserves it. If CE that was made in '77 can look like a brand new movie, & we'll have very high expectations when the original SW trilogy eventually come to grace our collections.
I'll say that I had very high expectations for this set, since Close Encounters, Jaws, ET, and Saving Private Ryan were remastered so clear that we thought they looked like brand new movies. My wife bought Schindler's List on 4k & I've never seen B&W look so lifelike.
So here's the breakdown of the classic 3 Indy movies. (THERE'S ONLY 3!!!)
Raiders >> I gotta say that I was very disappointed with this remaster. The picture was grainy, & even some parts looked blurry. There's no excuse for this at all. The 40th anniversary & Spielberg, & Lucas couldn't put in every effort to present this classic in it's best form is a real letdown. Now the Dolby Atmos soundtrack was flawless. But even with a great soundtrack it couldn't save this 4K.
Temple of Doom / Last Crusade >> Both of these movies looked & sound perfect. Which makes me even more upset about Raiders. Both of these movies looked just as great as Jaws on 4K. Plus I really appreciate how the special effect shots looked like they were brand new. There was no need for CGI, & makes me appreciate ILM's Ol'Skool techniques.
There's also no new special features for this set. Again this is disappointing since it's the 40 anniversary.
My final thoughts are that this was a 50/50 effort for a 4K release. If you can afford to stream this set then please do so. If you want to purchase this set please buy a used copy.
If you have any more technical questions please just ask.
Warner Bros totally got my money in the past week. Wonder Woman 1984 was action packed, & very colorful. The Atmos soundtrack was direct & on point.
I was beyond excited to see an old friend on 4K!!!
AAAAÀANNNNNDDDDDD....this is where my excitement came to a very catastrophic end.
Now how do I put this... I'm about to use colorful profanity, like Picasso uses colorful paints for his masterpieces. THIS 4K TOTALLY SUCKED ME IN ALL OF THE WRONG PLACES!!!
Most of you have purchased T2 from VHS to Blu-ray. All of us had the Special Edition, or Expanded SE laser disc. This was one of our Holy Grails in our collections. James Cameron has been behind every home video format, & he's always made sure that everything was presented in the highest visual & sound available. Sorry to say that he was nowhere around for this 4K.
And now my list of failures....
There's NO Special Editions... even the Expanded SE!!! Yes....I heard your souls sucked out of your assholes. This totally caught me off guard. Sure they're on the Blu-ray, but really it's already a bring down at this point.
Special features are the same as the last Blu-ray release. But wait...it gets worse!!!
The picture...even my wife was criticizing the opening battle scene. The HDR was terrible. No definition was improved at all. Arnold looked like a wax statute as compared to the Blu-ray image. No depth during the water canal chase, the Cyberdine scene, & the finale at the steel factory. The refresh rate was horrible. So much that it didn't match the sound.
OHHHHHH wait....my bad, but this whore gets worse with the sound. The 4K has 5.1 DTS-HD.... yes I said 5 point FUKKIN 1!!! OMFG it does get worse when the 7.1 DTS-HD is in fukkin German!!! I shit you not!!! Please don't ask me why, because I was totally blindsided by this whole abortion. The bass was weak, & the gunshots didn't even match our speaker set up.
Final thoughts... I'd rather cut my goddamn hand, & stick it in salt than to watch this again. I'm sure that Cameron will do a reissue, but I know that he was too busy with the new Avatar movies that he didn't have the time to put his heart & soul into this. If you have the Blu-ray, then that's the best way to see this classic.
I have physically bought this movie in every format from Suncoast to Best Buy!!!
Yes I know that not everyone is on board with 4K, but Jaws.....GET THIS VERSION!!! All I'm going say is that the first attack scene was crystal clear for the scene being dark. Everything goes uphill from there, & even the Dolby Atmos soundtrack that was specifically made from the original Mono soundtrack was on par with any of today's major movies. Again please get this!!! Also there's a informative booklet that even has the mechanics of Bruce as a bonus.
OK first of all let's address the Bantha in the room.
You either loved,or hated this movie & that's fine. As for Snyder let's not forget that he directed The Watchman, which most of us can agree was one of the best & underappreciated super hero movies. For me, JL was my childhood, & I'm blessed to see the Superfriends on the big screen. For this reason I'm happy with JL, because I'm a huge fan of DC as I am with Marvel.
Let me start off with the special features. No deleted scenes, which was expected, but a bring down. The behind the scenes were great for what was offered.
Now for the video, & WB 4K doesn't disappoint. The colors precise, & vivid. The details of all of the costumes especially Sups & Bats looked like you would know how they would feel like. The opening scene with Batman was very clear, while being dark at the same time. Just as with the battle scene under Gotham Harbor. We loved the quiet scenes with Bruce & Diana walking along the lake, & Lois & Martha Kent because they felt so personal.
Now with the 3rd act....totally worth it!!! I can't stress how the colors, details, & the refresh rates all worked together without flaw. Steppenwolf, & his army really stole the show. And the movement of the Flash had us feeling that we could feel his speed. The battle scene alone is the winner here.
We used the DTS-HD soundtrack, & it was awesome!!! When Superman was brought back to life (SPOILER ALERT....like we didn't know that was gonna happen!) the sound had life when he was fighting everyone. The battle with the Amazons & at the end had smooth, but hard bass while the surrounds kept up with the panning during those scenes.
Final words.... This is an excellent 4K. Even if JL wasn't good enough movie for you, it'll at least make a great reference movie for your 4K system.
Scared the fuk outta us,& this will be a classic. I can't stress enough how bright & vivid the colors are. The darks were so strong that every detail stood out. Both of our sub-woofers were working hard to provide the scares, while the other 7 speakers worked their magic. So far this is one of the best 4K discs that we have seen so far.
The 4K truly shows that Disney has the transfers down with their movies. Just as with Guardians Vol.2 the colors were perfect!!! The colors on the Grandmaster's planet had so much depth that at some points we felt that the picture could be physically touched. The Hulk's imagery was at it's best. Seeing the details of Hulk put both Blu-rays of The Avengers to VHS status. During the chase scenes there refresh rates were so smooth, & no distortion. The details of all of the costumes really draws the viewer in with precise accuracy.
For the sound....WOW!!! The 4K is using a Dolby Atmos soundtrack. Our Sony receiver is only Dolby True HD & DTS-HD, so the soundtrack was broken down to Dolby Surround EX. Great spacing & panning during the action scenes. Both of our sub-woofers during the Thor/Hulk fight was heavy, but smooth at the same time. The back surround speakers sounded perfect with action flying overhead. I can't stress that one must have an actual surround setup, & not those fuktarded sound bars with a mediocre sub-woofer to enjoy any 4K soundtracks. Once again Disney has raised the bar.
Now for the Blu-ray. And I'll keep it short. You can tell the difference between the 4K & Blu-ray big time. The colors were sharp, but nowhere as vibrant as the 4K. Yes the details were great, but didn't hit you. The DTS-HD soundtrack was awesome, & rates right with the 4K. All of the bonus features are on the Blu-ray, & as usual Marvel knows how to WOW us.
This a must have, & I hope that Disney will reissue every Marvel movie in 4K.