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Ghost in the Shell (4K version)
Overall, I was impressed with this UHD/HDR release, but I highly doubt it will ever be nominated for Tier 0. It was a "mixed bag," with very good primary colors (when they rose to the occasion, that is), accurate flesh tones, and finely-rendered details. But it lacked in depth, softness crept in from time to time (especially during heavy CGI shots), and black levels were somewhat disappointing (though they had their moments in some night scenes with some satisfying shadow details). I was hoping, after seeing the trailer, that I would be mesmerized by the "neon lights" (which were plentiful!), but they ended up being quite soft and distracting.
The highlight of this movie, in terms of PQ, was Scarlet Johansson. Whether they zoomed in on her face, her hair, or her various outfits, they never lacked for detail or brilliant colors (I really loved her jet-black suit....that's where the black levels really came alive). Thankfully she was in almost every scene so I can still recommend a Tier Gold placement, albeit one towards the bottom.
Tier Recommendation: 1.75*
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