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I just picked up the UHD release of Angry Birds 2. Some are saying it's the BEST ANIMATED MOVIE thus far (PQ-wise, that is)! This may not be hyperbole, for I just checked the rankings and the first installment of Angry Birds is sitting in Tier 0 at #3 !!!! I remember nominating it for a Top Spot in Tier Blu based mainly on COLORS and DETAILS.

I "may" be able to view this later in the week. If I don't get a chance I'm leaving on a week-long trip next Monday and won't be able to view it till some time after my return. I "may" just pop it in before then and give it a "cursory glance" (by turning to various scenes), but I will wait for a full review after seeing it all the way through.
 

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I just watched the first two episodes of Jack Ryan: Season Two on Amazon Prime and man does it look GOOD on UHD/HDR!!
Okay, I'm watching the 3rd episode right now and there is a very serious case of BANDING in every scene with open blue skies. I can't recall seeing banding this bad before. Has anyone watched this series and if so, are you experiencing banding? I'm hoping there is an easy fix for this...perhaps it has something to do with the new Firmware I downloaded last night...or maybe my settings got screwed up some how.
 

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I just picked up the UHD release of Angry Birds 2. Some are saying it's the BEST ANIMATED MOVIE thus far (PQ-wise, that is)! This may not be hyperbole, for I just checked the rankings and the first installment of Angry Birds is sitting in Tier 0 at #3 !!!! I remember nominating it for a Top Spot in Tier Blu based mainly on COLORS and DETAILS.

I "may" be able to view this later in the week. If I don't get a chance I'm leaving on a week-long trip next Monday and won't be able to view it till some time after my return. I "may" just pop it in before then and give it a "cursory glance" (by turning to various scenes), but I will wait for a full review after seeing it all the way through.
It has the type of boldly colored animation made for eye candy and visual appeal. I could believe it.
 

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Scary Stories...to Tell in the Dark (1080p)

I picked this up at Redbox today and thought it was a decent rent! I wouldn't call the PQ "Reference" (Tier 0) but it should easily be nominated for the "Demo Tier" (Tier 1). Blacks levels, which were many, were excellent with the exception of a couple of very dark indoor scenes that became quite MURKY and SOFT. One of the favorites for showing off the rich blacks AND shadow details was an early scene that took place in a cornfield!

Flesh tones were spot on accurate and along with amazing texture. Wait till you see the "freckles" on the young, female lead! Colors were warm and vibrant when primaries were on display. Clarity was striking in daytime scenes outdoors and in a few of the scenes in the school.

My only complaint (which won't affect my score here) was the Dolby TrueHD audio mix. I had to turn it all the way to Reference to get the effects one desires in a horror movie.

Tier Recommendation: 1.0*
 
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47 Meters Down: Uncaged (1080p)

Well, today's visit to a local Redbox yielded another "okay" rental! I'm a sucker for "Shark Movies" and this one had it all....bites, blood, screams, death, heroism (or should I say "sheroism":))....and the icing on the cake was....very good PQ/AQ!!

The GOOD: The opening scenes featured excellent CLARITY, DETAILS, SKIN TONES, and COLORS. The closing scenes featured the same.

The GOOD & OKAY: The vast majority of the film takes place, as is to be expected, underwater. I was impressed with the CLARITY, BLACK LEVELS, and DETAILS in many scenes, but a few got a bit MURKY and there were several shots with BANDING.

The EXCELLENT: This DTS HD (up-mixed to Neural:X by my Denon AVR) audio mix was awesome once the action started. In a couple of the later scenes the girls are caught in a strong current and the swirling sounds that enveloped all 9 of my speakers was incredible. The Bass/LFE was impressive too!

Tier Recommendation: 1.5*
 

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Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (1080p)

I'll bet you guys are wishing I'd keep this review short. Your wish is granted! I have TWO WORDS to describe the MOVIE and TWO WORDS to describe the PQ:

MINDLESS DRIVEL
EYE CANDY

Tier Recommendation: Tier 0* (.5)
 

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Hey, I haven't seen a post by AmerCa for awhile. Are you okay buddy? I miss seeing your fair and honest reviews!
 

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Hey, Djoberg, I'm OK, mate. I was sick for three weeks, coming out of it, and then there was other stuff. Haven't watched any movies.

Thanks for asking, I should be back on track soon .

Enviado desde mi XT1032 mediante Tapatalk
 

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Last Detail, The (Indicator)

recommendation: Tier 3.5*

Good all around transfer except for black crush and almost complete lack of shadow detail.
 

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Dora and the Lost City of Gold

recommendation: Tier 0* (middle)

Paramount's new family movie has state-of-the-art picture quality on Blu-ray and competes well with the UHDs now fighting for dominance in the PQ Tiers. The live-action adventure was finished at 4K and filmed using ARRI Alexa tech. Impeccable definition and clarity bring Dora the Explorer's adventures to vibrant life.

Pin-sharp and exuding detail in the crystal-clear 1080P video, this is top-flight picture quality. I would call it absolutely flawless until a hint of banding crops up in the AVC encode, late in the movie.
 

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Dora and the Lost City of Gold

recommendation: Tier 0* (middle)

Paramount's new family movie has state-of-the-art picture quality on Blu-ray and competes well with the UHDs now fighting for dominance in the PQ Tiers. The live-action adventure was finished at 4K and filmed using ARRI Alexa tech. Impeccable definition and clarity bring Dora the Explorer's adventures to vibrant life.

Pin-sharp and exuding detail in the crystal-clear 1080P video, this is top-flight picture quality. I would call it absolutely flawless until a hint of banding crops up in the AVC encode, late in the movie.
Well that's something that would have flown right under my radar. Guess not :D
 

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I just watched the first two episodes of Jack Ryan: Season Two on Amazon Prime and man does it look GOOD on UHD/HDR!!
I actually think it looks quite soft and has some banding issues... Not many have agreed with me but I prefer Netflix's 4K Dolby Vision over the 4K/HDR provided by Amazon by quite a wide margin.

It might just be my display, but regular HDR just doesn't look anywhere near as good as the Dolby Vision presets do.

I just finished Season 2 of Jack Ryan and it looks pretty good, but not on the same level as say Marco Polo, Altered Carbon, Lost in Space etc.
 

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Okay, I'm watching the 3rd episode right now and there is a very serious case of BANDING in every scene with open blue skies. I can't recall seeing banding this bad before. Has anyone watched this series and if so, are you experiencing banding? I'm hoping there is an easy fix for this...perhaps it has something to do with the new Firmware I downloaded last night...or maybe my settings got screwed up some how.
Well there you go... I too had to try and adjust my settings... something just didn't look right.


^^^^^^^^

We're basically "on the same page!"

https://www.avsforum.com/forum/150-blu-ray-software/858316-new-pq-tier-thread-blu-ray-discussion-867.html#post58636980

I slipped in The Wizard of Oz (UHD) last night when I got home from Philadelphia. So far, it looks amazing! I wouldn't say it's a contender for a top spot in Tier 0, but it's definitely Reference Quality. As I said sometime ago, if I were to simply compare it to its DVD/Blu-ray counterparts, I'd probably nominate it for the Top Ten. But in comparing it to recent UHD titles, it's not quite that good.

I will say this...so far it looks as good or better than any "catalog title release on UHD."
Indeed :cool: I was struggling to decide between 0.25 and 0.33. Spiderman's PQ absolutely surprised me. I didn't expect it to look that good, which was amazing.
 

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Red Heat (4K)


So this movie got a relatively low score from AVS' Ralph Potts... I checked some other reviews and they didn't boast about it either.


Which I think is weird. I keep getting disappointed time after time because reviewers will praise old movies and give 5 star or 9+/10 PQ ratings to 4K restorations of really old movies which are filled with thick horrible grain and lots of noise. Reviewers appear to be wearing nostalgia goggles.


But with Red Heat I actually thought it looked really good. One of the best looking 1980s movies I have ever seen in fact. Most of the stuff coming out of the 80s, even with 4K remasters belong in the tier 2-3 range IMO but Red Heat had the least invasive, thin-layered amount of grain that give it an organic & 'filmic' look without ruining the image quality. The use of HDR wasn't really apparent, but lots of details to be found.


I watched this 1988 with my Mum who was 19 years old when this movie came out. Even she had to comment how good it looked :mrgreen:


Tier recommendation: 1.5
 

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I actually think it looks quite soft and has some banding issues... Not many have agreed with me but I prefer Netflix's 4K Dolby Vision over the 4K/HDR provided by Amazon by quite a wide margin.

It might just be my display, but regular HDR just doesn't look anywhere near as good as the Dolby Vision presets do.

I just finished Season 2 of Jack Ryan and it looks pretty good, but not on the same level as say Marco Polo, Altered Carbon, Lost in Space etc.
I asked members on the OLED Thread who have watched Jack Ryan about the banding and everyone who responded said there was zero banding. Glad to read your post and realize I'm not seeing things!

Your comments about Netflix and Dolby Vision are giving me the desire to finally sign up for Netflix. So, are you saying there wasn't as much softness or banding on Netflix?
 

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Well that's something that would have flown right under my radar. Guess not :D
The Dora movie is definitely made for children that have grown up on the cartoon. Solid family entertainment if your pre-teen children grew up with Dora the Explorer.
I actually think it looks quite soft and has some banding issues... Not many have agreed with me but I prefer Netflix's 4K Dolby Vision over the 4K/HDR provided by Amazon by quite a wide margin.

It might just be my display, but regular HDR just doesn't look anywhere near as good as the Dolby Vision presets do.

I just finished Season 2 of Jack Ryan and it looks pretty good, but not on the same level as say Marco Polo, Altered Carbon, Lost in Space etc.
I have always been more impressed by Dolby Vision content. I've heard complaints that Amazon bandwidth starves their streaming encodes, hurting PQ.
 

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The Dora movie is definitely made for children that have grown up on the cartoon. Solid family entertainment if your pre-teen children grew up with Dora the Explorer.

I have always been more impressed by Dolby Vision content. I've heard complaints that Amazon bandwidth starves their streaming encodes, hurting PQ.
I agree with you Phantom that Amazon Prime's bandwidth must indeed starve their streaming encodes, for most movies are quite soft. One of the worst is The Man in the High Castle. There are exceptions to that rule though, for Mad Dogs has be one of the most detailed and colorful movies out there, with striking clarity.
 

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I asked members on the OLED Thread who have watched Jack Ryan about the banding and everyone who responded said there was zero banding. Glad to read your post and realize I'm not seeing things!

Your comments about Netflix and Dolby Vision are giving me the desire to finally sign up for Netflix. So, are you saying there wasn't as much softness or banding on Netflix?
Yeah Netflix with 4K Dolby Vision content looks phenomenal. I don't care what any videophile says. Its not perfect and its not as good as any Tier 0 movie on 4K UHD blu-ray but I am constantly mind blown by how good many shows look.

I recently watched 'The King' and some parts of that movie looked like absolute REFERENCE. Other parts not as good which is obviously due to the limited bandwidth which is only 15-25Mb/s compared to blu-ray's 30-40Mb/s and true 4K 80-128Mb/s. (worst case is a factor of 8!)

I'll have you know I ONLY use my Netflix subscription to watch shows & Netflix produced originals in 4K/DV.

I'd say Amazon's 4K/HDR is 60-80% of true physical 4K/HDR while Netflix's 4K/DV is 80-90% of true physical 4K/HDR.
 

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Yeah Netflix with 4K Dolby Vision content looks phenomenal. I don't care what any videophile says. Its not perfect and its not as good as any Tier 0 movie on 4K UHD blu-ray but I am constantly mind blown by how good many shows look.

I recently watched 'The King' and some parts of that movie looked like absolute REFERENCE. Other parts not as good which is obviously due to the limited bandwidth which is only 15-25Mb/s compared to blu-ray's 30-40Mb/s and true 4K 80-128Mb/s. (worst case is a factor of 8!)

I'll have you know I ONLY use my Netflix subscription to watch shows & Netflix produced originals in 4K/DV.

I'd say Amazon's 4K/HDR is 60-80% of true physical 4K/HDR while Netflix's 4K/DV is 80-90% of true physical 4K/HDR.
You should know that streaming services (Netflix, Disney+, Apple TV, etc) only support 10-bit Dolby Vision. UHDs have superior 12-bit Dolby Vision when using FEL.
 
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