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La La Land Ultra HD Blu-ray Review



Ralph Potts reviews Damien Chazelle’s magical interpretation of the City of Angels, that tells the story of Mia and Sebastian, an actress and a jazz musician pursuing their Hollywood dreams — and finding each other — in a vibrant celebration of hope, dreams, and love.



The Review at a Glance:
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Audio/UHD Video total rating:
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90



Details:

Studio and Year: Lionsgate - 2016
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 128 minutes
Genre: Musical/Drama

Disc Format: BD-66
Encoding: HEVC
Video Aspect: 2.55:1
Resolution: 2160p/24

Audio Format(s): English Dolby Atmos, Dolby TrueHD 7.1, French/Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles: English, English SDH, Spanish
Starring: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, John Legend, Rosemarie DeWitt
Written & Directed by: Damien Chazelle
Music by: Justin Hurwitz
Region Code: A

Release Date: April 25, 2017


"Here’s to the Fools Who Dream"


My Take:

La La Land tells the story of Mia [Emma Stone], an aspiring actress, and Sebastian [Ryan Gosling], a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for crushing hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.

La La Land is the brainchild of writer/director Damien Chazelle and composer Justin Hurwitz. It’s an epic style film that harkens back to Hollywood musicals of a bygone era. Inspired by a variety of filmmakers, it’s set to contemporary narrative that explores how to balance real life and art, as seen through the eyes of two struggling Los Angeles artists. At its heart, La La Land is a love story, that serves as an ode to those hoping to achieve their dreams. I saw it in the theater with my wife and we both fell in love with it.

Damien Chazelle is a master storyteller that successfully allows the audience to see his vision through his eyes. Justin Hurwitz’s music is an integral component of the story, standing as a character alongside Mia and Sebastian. The production design, choreography and superb cinematography add an enriching and essential component to the film’s thematic impact. La La Land isn’t just a musical though. It’s an engaging romance that adheres to the film’s context, serving to draw upon the wonderful interplay among the principle characters, which is accented by the terrific onscreen chemistry between Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling. Each of them put forth efforts that earned them Academy Award nominations, resulting in a win for Stone, who was simply marvelous.

I tip my cap to Chazelle, Hurwitz, and the entire production staff. La La Land won six Academy Awards, and could easily have been Best Picture. It was among my favorite films of last year and has found a place not only in my film collection, but among those that are ranked among my personal favorites of all time.

The home entertainment release includes in-depth bonus material revealing the untold story of how Damien’s passion project came to life. The 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray and Digital HD special features include audio commentary by writer/director Damien Chazelle and composer Justin Hurwitz, and 10 behind-the-scenes featurettes including: “Another Day of Sun: They Closed Down a Freeway” which gives a behind-the-scenes look at how Damien Chazelle and his team had only two shoot days to make the film’s spectacular opening number a reality; “La La Land’s Great Party,” looking at the creation of the Hollywood Hills party scene; “Ryan Gosling: Piano Student” showing how hard Ryan Gosling worked to truly play the piano as Sebastian; “Before Whiplash: Damien Chazelle’s Passion Project,” that uncovers the story of La La Land’s origins; “La La Land's Love Letter To Los Angeles,” in which the term La La Land is explained; “The Music of La La Land” delving into the process of creating the iconic music; “John Legend’s Acting Debut” featuring the Grammy®-Winning singer’s thoughts on being in the film; “The Look of Love: Designing La La Land,” with interviews with the film’s design team; “Ryan and Emma: Third Time’s the Charm,” marking the third time in which Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone have starred on screen together, and “Epilogue: The Romance of the Dream,” exploring the extraordinary ending to the film.


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Parental Guide:

The rating is for some language.


AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100/EXCELLENT = 83-91/GOOD = 74-82/AVERAGE = 65-73/BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**


UHD Presentation: 90
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Dolby Atmos Rating: 90
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Ultra HD Blu-ray has finally been released and eager enthusiasts are ready and willing to see what it has to offer. For those not familiar with the details regarding Ultra HD Blu-ray you can refer to my article that includes some pertinent data on the subject. Here is the link:

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La La Land comes to Ultra HD Blu-ray from Lionsgate Home Entertainment featuring 2160pHEVC encoded video and lossless Dolby Atmos/TrueHD 7.1 sound that has an average bitrate of 3.3 Mbps.

La La Land garnered a excellent report from me on its video quality in 1080p. Shot on film, its presentation in Ultra HD was rendered from a 2K DI and up-converted to 4K. Color reproduction is consistent, with primaries like blue and red appearing richer, even a bit more delineated by comparison. Secondary hues look great, also benefitting from the wider color gamut. The increase in resolution isn't always on display, especially in wide angle shots, although I believe that this is innate to the photography. Close-ups offer better refinement, and deeper resolvable texture on the various sets, costumes and physical features compared to the Blu-ray. The improvements are discernible, but not stark, which speaks to the quality of the source.

The same is true when comparing the video's dynamic range. Exterior sequences offer the slightest hint of added punch, especially those that take place around the studio, and L.A during the day, where the sun reflects off of objects, or streams between buildings, through trees, or appears behind clouds. The darkened highlights in the low-lit environs, like the interior of Mia’s small theater, the nighttime song/dance sequence overlooking L.A., or in the large concert venue, have appreciable dimension and resolvable detail. Fleshtones are reproduced with slightly warm, but natural tonality.

Watching La La Land in Ultra HD with its emboldened contrast, and beautiful color rendering, made for a rewarding viewing experience that I found to be faithful and complimentary. The differences between the Ultra HD and 1080p versions aren’t vast, but if given the choice, the Ultra HD presentation is the way to go.

In listening to the Dolby Atmos surround mix I found it to be of the less aggressive variety but considering the source material that’s not a complete surprise. Its use of audio objects placed above is limited to atmospherics and occasional panning fills. This is done to good effect when implemented and created an enriching level of immersion that coincides with the onscreen events nicely. Where the Atmos presentation excelled was in the use of object based sounds during the film’s musical set pieces, like the opening freeway, and house party sequences during the first act. In many respects the track retaind the feeling of being front focused, however when called upon its ability to render acoustics, point to point imaging and expanding the breadth of the soundstage never disappointed. While this Atmos mix doesn’t make constant use of discretely placed audio objects from above, I found myself completely involved when it mattered. I found this to be an enjoyable audio presentation that absolutely complimented the source material.



Blu-ray Video:


Video: 94
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Audio: 92
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La La Land comes to Blu-ray Disc from Lionsgate Home Entertainment featuring 1080p AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 33 Mbps and lossless Dolby Atmos/TrueHD 7.1 sound that has an average bitrate of 3.3 Mbps.

This is a high quality and faithful video presentation that enhances the grandiose cinematic visual style employed in the film. Fidelity appears intact as colors are vividly reproduced via lustrous primaries, and rich secondary hues that look simply beautiful in high definition. The clothing/costumes have excellent tonal variation with descriptively intricate chromatic detail that collectively leap off of the screen. Fleshtone reproduction can be dependent on the particular visual scheme utilized (the film employs a variety) however, in natural lighting they appear warm, and lifelike. Blacks are dynamic, gradationally satisfying, and deep, which is accentuated by contrast that is spot on and predominantly stable over the course of the presentation. The blend during sequences containing mixed light/dark elements looks superlative. Resolution is excellent especially during close ups which reveal crisp definition and fine textural nuance. Wide angle shots exhibit estimable dimension with appreciable object detail. Softening is apparent from time to time but appears innate to the photography. La La Land looks terrific on Blu-ray.

The Dolby TrueHD 7.1 channel (Atmos core) sound has excellent dynamic range and detail. Dialog is articulately reproduced through the center channel and maintains a position of prominence within the front soundstage. This isn’t an aggressive surround mix but when applied the surround channels generate plenty of atmosphere and discrete sounds. Front and rear channel imaging is spot on as details and spatial cues, mate perfectly with the events transpiring onscreen. Low frequency effects are appropriately applied, and provide tangible richness to the music and live sounds. I found this to be an entertaining and complimentary audio presentation.


Bonus Features:
  • Disc 1: La La Land Ultra HD Blu-ray
    Disc 2: La La Land Blu-ray
  • Audio Commentary with writer/director Damien Chazelle and composer Justin Hurwitz
  • “Another Day of Sun: They Closed Down a Freeway” Featurette
  • “La La Land's Great Party” Featurette
  • “Ryan Gosling: Piano Student” Featurette
  • “Before Whiplash: Damien Chazelle's Passion Project” Featurette
  • “La La Land's Love Letter to Los Angeles” Featurette
  • “The Music of La La Land” Featurette
  • “John Legend's Acting Debut” Featurette
  • “The Look of Love: Designing La La Land” Featurette
  • “Ryan and Emma: Third Time’s the Charm” Featurette
  • “Epilogue: The Romance of the Dream” Featurette
  • Damien & Justin Sing: The Demos
  • Song Selection
  • Gallery
  • Digital HD Copy



Final Thoughts:

From the hearts and minds of writer/director Damien Chazelle and composer Justin Hurwitz, La La Land is a beautiful and sweeping Hollywood Musical that harkens back to the classic films of old, while spinning a contemporary and entertaining yarn that is just so much fun. It comes to Blu-ray in this Ultra HD Combo Pack from Lionsgate Home Entertainment featuring faithful and complimentary Ultra HD video, excellent lossless surround sound, including an engaging Dolby Atmos immersive mix, and top notch high definition video quality. Rounding out the package is a fan friendly assortment of extras that provide a peek behind the curtain at the production. La La Land is justly deserving of the accolades it has received and comes highly recommended to film fans.













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Thanks Ralph. I have been refreshing the website few times this morning to check if you have this review. Wow, great review, I will buy it.
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In listening to the Dolby Atmos surround mix I found it to be of the less aggressive variety but considering the source material that’s not a complete surprise.
Saw this theatrically in DTS:X (which was based on the Atmos mix) and the source material didn't lend itself to aggressive use of immersive audio. Still, I'm always glad when filmmakers mix in any of the immersive formats, irrespective of the genre of the movie. It should eventually become as ubiquitous as mixing in surround is now.
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Thank you for the review, Ralph. I've been eager to hear your reports on this release. I've been hearing mixed reviews on the UHD presentation. Some are saying that it is hardly an upgrade over the SDR 1080p presentation and some other reviewers are saying that it most definitely is. From what it sounds like from your review, there is appreciable differences in both the resolution and the HDR capability for this, so that's more of a relief.

I've not seen the film, so me getting this one is practically a no-brainer still. I'm just surprised to hear this release is more divided on technical marks.

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Thank's for your great review Ralph!

This UHD seems like a good reason to upgrade my homecinema with UHD!

Excited to see it at home after five times in cinema
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Thank you for the review, Ralph. I've been eager to hear your reports on this release. I've been hearing mixed reviews on the UHD presentation. Some are saying that it is hardly an upgrade over the SDR 1080p presentation and some other reviewers are saying that it most definitely is. From what it sounds like from your review, there is appreciable differences in both the resolution and the HDR capability for this, so that's more of a relief.

I've not seen the film, so me getting this one is practically a no-brainer still. I'm just surprised to hear this release is more divided on technical marks.
Greetings,

This one was tough to rate. The source is really good which helps both the SDR/1080p and UHD/HDR. The film's elements aren't lent to blazing levels that would make for dramatic HDR content. The UHD version tames the sometimes slightly elevated contrast found on the Blu-ray, making for a richer image. Both look great, I really much preferred the Ultra HD for how it improved upon the 1080p version, but the differences, as I pointed out, aren't night and day.


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My favorite movie of 2016. So glad that the transfer seems to be a good one. I have been waiting to watch this on my new 4K display and also to be able to turn up the volume over the levels I experienced at the theater.
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Thanks for the review. I loved the movie in the theater (where the sound was good but not great), and I am eagerly awaiting Amazon to ship my copy next week.

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Greetings,

This one was tough to rate. The source is really good which helps both the SDR/1080p and UHD/HDR. The film's elements aren't lent to blazing levels that would make for dramatic HDR content. The UHD version tames the sometimes slightly elevated contrast found on the Blu-ray, making for a richer image. Both look great, I really much preferred the Ultra HD for how it improved upon the 1080p version, but the differences, as I pointed out, aren't night and day.


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Completely understandable. I trust your reviews more than 99% of the others out there, which is why I was eager and waiting for your take! An improvement is an improvement; dramatic or not, I suppose it doesn't quite matter really since this isn't going to be a double dip. As long as their is an improvement and based on your review there is, then it's worth the price premium of a few dollars to me.

If it was a double dip, then this kind of difference might have me question whether or not to get the UHD or not.

Still, keep up the good work, Ralph! Many of us look forward to your reviews.
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Thanks to Ralph for another great review! La La Land was my favorite movie of 2016 and as Ralph and others may remember, I thought its failure to win the Best Picture Oscar was the biggest robbery since the Brinks Job. I will say no more about that, though, for this way lies madness.

I preordered the UHD HDR Atmos disk and am counting the days until it arrives. I literally can't recall the last time I so looked forward to the release of a film on disk. Please understand, though, that I never met a musical I didn't like. The only weaknesses in the film, quibbles really, were Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone's relatively weak singing voices but, boy, they could dance! I want to see Stone's scene toward the end of the film when she sings, Audition. The song and Stone's performance of it moved me. Her performance of that song reminded me of Anne Hathaway's Oscar winning performance of I Dreamed a Dream in Les Miserables. Both performances proved to me at least that great acting talent can more than overcome a mediocre voice.

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I'm a musical theater buff (seen numerous shows on Broadway and out here in San Francisco and its suburbs) and a big fan of the old, classic MGM musicals of the 1950s so La La Land was right in my wheelhouse. I loved it and while I didn't really think it was an Oscar winner, it certainly deserved its nomination. The music, especially the jazz compositions, was terrific and Gosling and Stone, while not real singers, handled their roles with skill and enthusiasm. All in all the movie is a tribute to those great musicals of the past and is very entertaining. A definite purchase for me.
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I will definitely pick this up but I have to say this movie makes for the worst possible choice for a first date movie especially if you live in LA like I do lol... outside of that it certainly goes against the norm of how most movies flow at the end. Overall though it was really good.
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Thank's for your great review Ralph!

This UHD seems like a good reason to upgrade my homecinema with UHD!

Excited to see it at home after five times in cinema


Five times in the cinema????
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This UHD seems like a good reason to upgrade my homecinema with UHD!

Excited to see it at home after five times in cinema
I only had a chance to see La La Land once in the theater but it was my favorite movie of the year, by far. I am anxiously awaiting the arrival of my UHD HDR Atmos disk next Tuesday and am sure that I will watch the film at least another four times before I get through.
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I'm not a big musical fan, at least not in the sense of an operetta, so hopefully this won't be like that, but more like a Rogers and Hammerstein/ Fred Astaire/Ginger Rogers style.
Judging from what I've read here, it would seem the latter.
If that is the case, one can't have too big of screen to see this.
I think I will allow myself to look forward to it.

Hopefully it won't be like Les Miserables, I'm sorry to say I didn't get through that, I found Hue Jackman's voice so harsh and irritating, I just couldn't tolerate it anymore and I turned it off.
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Five times in the cinema????

Yeah, but I know a girl who had watched it 29 times in Cinema! it is epic.

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That's absolutely insane. I don't think I've ever seen a single movie in the cinema twice... if I lived near an IMAX 15/70mm theatre I'd probably watch Interstellar and TDK/TDK;R movies as much as possible but the nearest such IMAX is like 3000km away in a different country


I cannot even fathom some one wanting to watch the same movie 29 times, let alone in the cinema.

My all time favourite movie is The Dark Knight (followed by Interstallar, yes I am a major Nolan fanboy, and I've loved space and Batman since I was about three.) I've probably watched that movie 20 times on Blu-ray, but thats because I always rewatch it everytime I get the slightest upgrade to my home cinema (new speakers, new centre, more surrounds, new subwoofer, new TV, new projector, new cables, new preamps, new power amps, etc, etc..) And that's not only because of my love for the movie but because it has for a long time been an ultimate reference in PQ/SQ (specifically the 15/70mm IMAX scenes)
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That's absolutely insane. I don't think I've ever seen a single movie in the cinema twice...

I cannot even fathom some one wanting to watch the same movie 29 times, let alone in the cinema.
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That's absolutely insane. I don't think I've ever seen a single movie in the cinema twice... if I lived near an IMAX 15/70mm theatre I'd probably watch Interstellar and TDK/TDK;R movies as much as possible but the nearest such IMAX is like 3000km away in a different country


I cannot even fathom some one wanting to watch the same movie 29 times, let alone in the cinema.

My all time favourite movie is The Dark Knight (followed by Interstallar, yes I am a major Nolan fanboy, and I've loved space and Batman since I was about three.) I've probably watched that movie 20 times on Blu-ray, but thats because I always rewatch it everytime I get the slightest upgrade to my home cinema (new speakers, new centre, more surrounds, new subwoofer, new TV, new projector, new cables, new preamps, new power amps, etc, etc..) And that's not only because of my love for the movie but because it has for a long time been an ultimate reference in PQ/SQ (specifically the 15/70mm IMAX scenes)
Different strokes for different folks. I too am a big fan of Nolan and his Batman trilogy and have watched them all on disk many, many times. But I also love musicals and watch them over and over again. For example, this afternoon I plan to watch my BD of Rob Marshall's Into the Woods, although I have seen it umpteen times. No matter, I am looking forward to seeing it again as much as ever. You folks who don't like musicals should not discount that there are many of us who love them. I guess I made clear earlier that I'm included in their number.
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This is the first musical I've ever seen and LOVED it. Ryan and Emma had great chemistry and the Jazz scenes sounded incredible on my Sierra 2's.

Any other musicals you guys recommend?
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Great presentation, music and dance chereography. However, I find the movie lakc any soul. The plot is pretty much by the book but I can see how this movie makes people happy with it's good dance sequences and songs.
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That's absolutely insane. I don't think I've ever seen a single movie in the cinema twice... if I lived near an IMAX 15/70mm theatre I'd probably watch Interstellar and TDK/TDK;R movies as much as possible but the nearest such IMAX is like 3000km away in a different country


I cannot even fathom some one wanting to watch the same movie 29 times, let alone in the cinema.

My all time favourite movie is The Dark Knight (followed by Interstallar, yes I am a major Nolan fanboy, and I've loved space and Batman since I was about three.) I've probably watched that movie 20 times on Blu-ray, but thats because I always rewatch it everytime I get the slightest upgrade to my home cinema (new speakers, new centre, more surrounds, new subwoofer, new TV, new projector, new cables, new preamps, new power amps, etc, etc..) And that's not only because of my love for the movie but because it has for a long time been an ultimate reference in PQ/SQ (specifically the 15/70mm IMAX scenes)
I saw dark knight 4 times at the theater I'm a big Nolan fan too.
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If you haven't already seen it, watch Singin' in the Rain. It's a movie about the film industry, during the transition from silent films to movie sound (the film has a lot of fun with that aspect of the story). Will remind you a bit of La La Land. The restoration on BD is superb. Other modern musicals to try: Blues Brothers (personal fave), Hairspray, DreamGirls, Moulin Rouge, Chicago, Enchanted, the low budget gem Once, and a whole slew of modern animated movies.
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Great presentation, music and dance chereography. However, I find the movie lakc any soul. The plot is pretty much by the book but I can see how this movie makes people happy with it's good dance sequences and songs.
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If you haven't already seen it, watch Singin' in the Rain. It's a movie about the film industry, during the transition from silent films to movie sound (the film has a lot of fun with that aspect of the story). Will remind you a bit of La La Land. The restoration on BD is superb. Other modern musicals to try: Blues Brothers (personal fave), Hairspray, DreamGirls, Moulin Rouge, Chicago, Enchanted, the low budget gem Once, and a whole slew of modern animated movies.
@darklord700 -- Like Sanjay says, Singin' in the Rain should be at the top of the list. It is flat great. Chicago, which won the Best Picture Oscar, is another of my personal favorites.

I also love Into the Woods but admit that it is not widely beloved. It is dark and that turned some people off but it is filled with terrific music and smart lyrics. Nobody ever lived whose lyrics were smarter or more thoughtful than Stephen Sondheim's. Everybody in the cast can sing, including but not limited to Emily Blunt and, believe it or not, Chris Pine. Meryl Streep, who can also sing, is wonderful as the Witch. I highly recommended the film to those who are prepared for its darkness and are willing to think. CAVEAT: Sondheim has long been my favorite Broadway composer and lyricist, so consider the source.
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For those watching the movie on a 16:9 display - do you find the 2.55:1 scope ratio distracting in any way?
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Not for me. I have an electronic masking system which allowed me to match the AR. I didn't really try viewing without the masks in place, but the wider image didn't bother me.


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I really liked La La Land but, while I was watching it, I could not help but compare it to my favorite musical movie, Moulin Rouge which IMHO, is better. I hope they make a UHD edition! Must be me, but I have not found in La la land a song that moves me to the level of others great musicals's songs. I'm going see it a 2nd time.
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I am definitely going to pick this one up. Emma Stone is just a neat actress and I like her husky voice. I don't normally like musicals all that much, but I'm a sucker for a good love story, so if that's woven into a musical (like Moulin Rouge) then I'm game. I can't wait to pick it up tomorrow. Also, I've noticed that 4K UHD movies downscaled to my 1080P projector are noticeably better looking, so that's the route I'm going to go for this and all future movie purchases where possible.

Edit: Ferbal, Moulin Rouge is also my favourite musical. I went to France a number of years back and made sure to go to the Montmartre district and check out the Moulin Rouge primarily because of the movie. That melancholy verse from the movie sung by Ewan McGregor just gets to me. "The greatest thing you'll ever learn, is just to love and be loved in return."
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I am definitely going to pick this one up. Emma Stone is just a neat actress and I like her husky voice. I don't normally like musicals all that much, but I'm a sucker for a good love story, so if that's woven into a musical (like Moulin Rouge) then I'm game. I can't wait to pick it up tomorrow. Also, I've noticed that 4K UHD movies downscaled to my 1080P projector are noticeably better looking, so that's the route I'm going to go for this and all future movie purchases where possible.

Edit: Ferbal, Moulin Rouge is also my favourite musical. I went to France a number of years back and made sure to go to the Montmartre district and check out the Moulin Rouge primarily because of the movie. That melancholy verse from the movie sung by Ewan McGregor just gets to me. "The greatest thing you'll ever learn, is just to love and be loved in return."
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I love Moulin Rouge as well. Watching La La Land recently inspired me to watch it again. Nicole Kidman gives the performance of her career..


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I'd also recommend Across the Universe. It's a personal favorite and would be a must see for any fan of the Beatles.
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