Originally Posted by bolsen187
I have a few of the 4k blu ray discs. They look fantastic when played on my oppo 95 and viewed on my panasonic plasma. Am I seeing the maximum picture quality that this new format is capable of?
You may not understand what you've got there. The content RECORDED on those discs is still 1080p.
What the studios mean when they tout 4K Blu-ray discs, is that more care was taken in the process of producing the transfer from film to disc. To begin with the film was scanned-in (digitized) at 4K resolution. This gives them more pixels to play with in the subsequent processing. So when they then do digital cleanup of the digitized film -- to remove film damage blemishes or correct other flaws perhaps due to the age of the film -- the resulting processed output looks better -- i.e., has fewer visible artifacts as a result of that processing.
But the digitized and processed film still has to be rescaled to 1080p resolution before being put on the disc. The Blu-ray format does not support 4K resolution recorded on the disc itself.
That said, the investment in doing a 4K-process transfer -- a major expense for the studio doing the work -- has paid off handsomely in some recent releases. The results really are spectacular for the films released so far.
By the way, the fact that the studios are loudly marketing these discs as 4K, even though the content on disc is just 1080p, is yet another example of Deja-Moo. I.e, we've seen this bullish*t before. They are HOPING buyers will get confused. Which is a shame since at least for the first such 4K-process releases, the results really do stand on their own, and don't need such marketing shenanigans.
The last time the studios tried this was back when upscaling SD-DVD players were introduced, and the studios started marketing "high definition" or "1080p" SD-DVDs. By which they meant the digital transfer process leading up to what was put on the disc was done at 1080p. But of course the SD-DVD itself only contained 480i content.
I.e., you've bought a new HDTV, and an "upscaling" SD-DVD player to feed it. Surely, you don't want to play anything other than 1080p-process SD-DVDs in it, right? So time to throw away your old SD-DVDs and buy new versions. Ka-ching!
Again, the 4K-process releases that have come out so far really DO look spectacular -- due to the extra care taken in producing the transfers and digitally restoring the older films. Just understand that what you are getting on disc is not some new form of Blu-ray. It's just a more carefully produced transfer.
--BobEdited by Bob Pariseau - 10/9/12 at 8:26am