Originally Posted by Art Sonneborn
Well, who hasn't seen this film a dozen times..? What does KK expect in a rerelease onto a much much better format that can actually display what is on the film perhaps for the first time for most of us? His comment shows an egocentric view of why "we" should watch films. I for one get a renewed joy for the film that without the WCG, HDR, and res I'd unlikely have. Not saying it best by a long shot IMO.
Holy schmuck, don't know where to begin to address KK's comment!
The WHOLE POINT of the HT hobby is to enjoy films with the best/most optimized audio and video one can afford or implement within design/budget constraints (Everyone has different circumstances).
Yes, film buff-ery can be one part of the HT hobby- knowing the details of direction, film writing, dialog, set deisgn, FX, cinema history, etc. Even cinemaphile snobbery has its place. If these are the case for you and you aren't picky re: technical quality, just get a VHS or DVD of the films you like and enjoy. I see HUGE numbers of good quality VHS and DVD decks at thrift stores/yard sales for $10 or less
I think part of KK's sentiemnt arises from not being able to enjoy a film he has already on DVD/BD "just because" a newer 4K disc (or better tech quality BD) has been released, and/or a film may never be released on a newer format (DVD> BD/4K).
Reading reviews of new releases/re-masterings of films, whether a new format or not (ie DVD>DVD or DVD>BD>UHD) on forums like this to determine if the upgrade or re-puchase is "worth it" to you personally is part of the due diligence of partaking in the hobby. Grow out of the OCD or envy traps and double/triple/quadruple dip only if it matters to you.
Sometimes a new release has flaws (Edge enhancement, DNR, audio or video encode/mastering issues, etc), so the prior release is preferred by HT enthusiasts. Sometimes a new release omits content or extras you may want/like, so keeping the prior release has value.
Curating a physical media collection periodically is also part of the hobby- culling your collection for no longer liked/wanted films (Tastes change, or no longer has content or technical merit vs newer release) and selling, gifting, trading in or donating (Libraries, charity thrift stores, etc) older releases is warranted.
But when there are BIG technical improvements like VHS/LD>DVD or DVD/BD> 4K UHD disc, the upgrades are more than justified.
Yes, the depreciation on MOST physical media is staggering- always been this way for all audio media (vinyl, CD, etc), video media (VHS, LD, DVD, BD, etc) and the re-release pipline can seem like a treadmill. But over the years you know this is the case and learn to be patient with purchases and buy used/thirft to manange costs as needed. Also ask for new 4K discs for gift occasions (birthdays/holidays/anniversaries, etc) to contain costs- win-win for the giver and receiver
Easy to find/purchase item for a Mom/spouse buyer, and you get what you REALLY want! PLus, depreciation doesn't matter to buyer or receiver!
But when real, bonafide technical improvements and effort has been applied to a new release, the upgrade can be a justifed purchase for many here, and keeps up the excitement for the hobby and makes a catalog film new, fresh and "fun" again.