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King Kong (UHD....2017 Ultimate Edition)
Okay, I was browsing channels the other night (on Dish Network) and I saw that King Kong (2005 version) was on so I watched it. I've always liked this release but the PQ was insufferable at times. So, I popped in my HD-DVD version (I never did buy the Blu-ray release) and that gave it a definite boost in resolution and sharpness, but it still left much-to-be-desired. Then I went to Amazon and found a decent price for the UHD release, which I ordered and received in the mail earlier today. I just spent about an hour going over some of my favorite scenes.
What did I find? A "mixed bag," with some stellar shots and some not-so-stellar shots. The opening scenes, which were way too dark in previous releases, had very good lighting (in daytime outdoor scenes and in interior shots) courtesy of HDR. But once we got to Skull Island I was disappointed to see that the dark scenes (during the storm at night and in jungle scenes that lacked sunshine) were somewhat murky, resulting in a flat look void of details. Where there was sunshine it was much better, though there were instances of too much contrast resulting in a washed out look. And then there was the infamous "color-grading" (yellow, anyone?) that was very, very distracting, at least to my eyes.
I should mention that along with better lighting (due to HDR) the colors were also more vibrant than any previous releases. Also, there were more details and texture in close-ups of faces, though at times Naomi Watts appeared to have had her face "smoothed" by the director. Black levels were also quite good in some scenes, though as mentioned above there were some "murky shots."
I guess the bottom line is this is easily the best version I've seen, but it still doesn't compare to more UHD releases of more recent movies (like Skull Island, for example, which was absolutely mesmerizing). Because of this, it won't make the coveted Tier (Tier 0) and IMHO it won't reach the top of Tier 1 either. My vote goes for....
Tier Recommendation: 1.5*
PS Thankfully the DTS:X audio quite good! Again, not as good as some recent titles, but much better than the audio mixes in former releases of this title.
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