Originally Posted by thebland
I downloaded the 4K UHD version last night (Kaleidescape). The aerial shots still look overly grainy and soft but all other scenes look pretty outstanding. An all around improvement.
Can’t comment on Atmos track.
I agree with The Bland's observation, but I'll add a couple of notes. I took a look at all three versions (old BD, new BD, and UHD BD) last night projected. Grain is still quite present...sometimes quite intentionally such as in the title sequence carrier launches and recoveries. Other times there are second unit or aerial shots that the director wanted tighter, so they were optically enlarged...which also enlarges the grain. But there are a lot of photographic issues baked into this movie that just cannot be "fixed." There was a strong trend about the time this show was shot to under-expose a bit. I have never understood why DPs chose to do this. It thins the negative, reducing contrast, and with the grains of dye farther apart, they are more visible. The grain is not particularly distracting on most routine shots, but occasionally is. I am particularly sensitive to the effect of distracting levels of grain with regards to the faces of female actors. Grain is a bit different between the new BD and the UHD BD, with the latter being slightly better.
Particularly gnarly still are many of the closeup shots of the pilots/REOs while flying. These are baked in due to how photographed, in this case, often with contrast too extreme to correct/improve.
Resolution is definitely improved on the UHD, but I'm not sure that this would be terribly noticeable unless projected. I used MPC setting of 4 (RS640) to get good detail without exacerbating grain.
The new grade provides a very nice improvement on contrast on many scenes, and color looks great.
BTW, the new BD opens with a trailer for the sequel. Its PQ is much better than the movie.
No time to evaluate the sound last night. Cheers.