Originally Posted by jeahrens
Just caught up on the last 2 pages. Glad to see some 4K discussion. I concur with JediMasterGrant on the Harry Potter set. The video doesn't really see much of a bump until around film 4 or 5, but WB really stepped it up with the audio. Great use of ceiling channels. And even though the earlier films don't see a huge boost in detail, the expanded color gamut helps a lot with skin tones and costume textures (especially some of McGonagall's outfits). I thought they did a great job with The Matrix (especially the video), but the sound just sounded ever so slightly compressed to me (likely a product of how it was mastered). If you're a fan of the Bourne movies, I'd say that 4K set is worth picking up (it's pretty reasonably priced). The video quality isn't helped much, but man Universal did a nice job on the audio. Great use of spatial panning and effects. We watched the first film and then MI:Fallout and the Bourne film didn't sound dated in comparison. The Bourne films really benefit from the UB820's processing. A couple bumps of the HDR optimizer really brought the first one to life. The second and third didn't need as much tweaking, but still benefitted.
Murder on the Orient Express is still one of the best looking 4K discs and I also think Blade Runner 2049 is right up there with it. The IMAX scenes in MI:Fallout too. Thrillcat up in Ames recently purchased an RS540 and did a showing of the 4K remaster of 2001. If you enjoy that film it's never looked better. Definitely more detail and image stability than the Blu Ray. Not sure it's top tier 4K, but it's darn close.
-Yes agreed Blade Runner 2049 has to be in the top tier for both audio and video. Just amazing. In fact the OG Blade Runner remaster looks fantastic too. Hard to believe an older film can look that good! And the audio is so well done too. Another perfect example of a movie that is worth double dipping to get the UHD immersive version if you are a fan of the series.
-I have not seen the 2001 remaster but it is on the very very short list. I do like the movie and I'm really looking forward to it. The disc must be made of gold or something with the prices though.
-I can't wait to see what the last few HP movies have for black levels on my 520.
-I wonder if I should sell my Oppo for a profit and pick up a Panny unit instead? I HAVE to have something that works every time. After that of course I want the best PQ but I kind of thought they were all pretty similar. I haven't been following the discussions lately. Maybe I should look into that if the Oppo prices are still inflated.
-Oh, and Deep Water Horizon is just nuts. Just nuts. My wife did not make it through that one at my normal 8 below reference. The bass became too much for her. Talk about a sub workout. Your neighbors may come knocking at your door with that one.
-Watched Gladiator remaster last night. I would double dip on that one if you guys are fans. Picture outstanding. The audio from the opening battle scene in Germania is mixed well for the immersive format. Arrows are flying through the room and overhead etc. Maybe it was just me but I thought I could hear the incredible orchestral score bleeding into the heights and surrounds and it added quite a bit to the drama for me. I didn't get up to put my ear to the speakers or anything since I was so locked into the film.
-The Grand Tour just started up again on Amazon Prime and it remains a showcase for HDR. They intentionally dial up the HDR and (colors in general) past what we see in real life. They do this only for certain scenes for dramatic effect just like they did for the old Top Gear series. It makes the cars pop like crazy. If you are a gear head then this one is for you. First episode is muscle cars in Mo Town.
-I could ramble forever but I won't. You guys are way more tolerant than my wife.