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Top Gun (UHD)
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No worries Darth, just discussion ;) I often disagree with the opinions of Ralph Potts, The Editors of AVforumsUK, Djoberg, etc :D

Djoberg hates muted colour and doesn't mind film grain... I hate grain but do not mind muted colours for instance
 

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No worries Darth, just discussion ;) I often disagree with the opinions of Ralph Potts, The Editors of AVforumsUK, Djoberg, etc :D

Djoberg hates muted colour and doesn't mind film grain... I hate grain but do not mind muted colours for instance
It's rare finding discs everyone unanimously agrees on regarding pure picture quality. Viewers have different tastes.
 

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It's rare finding discs everyone unanimously agrees on regarding pure picture quality. Viewers have different tastes.
That's why I go by the CRITERIA (listed on the Ranking Thread) for judging PQ! ;)
 

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Sonic the Hedgehog (1080p)

This was quite the looker, though it didn't quite live up to the hype that I read about from most reviewers. Having said that, the Dolby Atmos mix "blew me away!" This is a great demo for your "surround sound system" and I hope your sub(s) can handle the unbelievable bass/LFE in a couple of the scenes.

PQ-wise, it's a good "demo disc," but if it makes it into Tier Blu it won't be anywhere near the top...or even the middle. I am feeling generous though so I'll vote for....

Tier Recommendation: Tier 0* (.75)
 

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Days of Thunder (UHD)
recommendation: Tier 1.5*
 

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King Creole

recommendation: Tier 2.5*

Paramount finally issues the 1958 film starring Elvis Presley on Blu-ray and the wait is almost worth it. While the original camera negative is lost, the crisp black-and-white cinematography receives a pleasing 4K transfer from quality extant elements. The 1.78:1 presentation captures the king of rock n' roll in his youthful prime with stark clarity and fine grain reproduction.

Shot almost like a film noir, King Creole exhibits excellent black levels and highly refined shadow delineation. Some minor softness creeps into several scenes but this is classic Hollywood cinematography with fairly striking depth and definition.

King Creole's new film transfer is worth the price of admission for Elvis lovers.
 

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War of the Worlds (UHD)

I have always liked this movie but was always disappointed with the PQ which had way too heavy grain in some scenes, sporadic soft shots and less-than-stellar blacks/shadow details. But this UHD takes it to a very impressive level and I highly recommend it to all who are fans. The Dolby Atmos mix was awesome EXCEPT for some disappointing LFE in what were true "Demo Scenes" (think "Pod Emergence Scene") in the 2005 Blu-ray.

Here was what I just wrote for a short review on Ralph's site:

https://www.avsforum.com/forum/187-official-avs-foruma-blu-ray-disc-reviews/3143850-war-worlds-ultra-hd-blu-ray-review-4.html#post59693472

Tier Recommenation: Tier 0* (.75)

PS If not for the GRITTY SCENES I would have opted for the middle (.5).
 

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War of the Worlds (UHD)

I have always liked this movie but was always disappointed with the PQ which had way too heavy grain in some scenes, sporadic soft shots and less-than-stellar blacks/shadow details. But this UHD takes it to a very impressive level and I highly recommend it to all who are fans. The Dolby Atmos mix was awesome EXCEPT for some disappointing LFE in what were true "Demo Scenes" (think "Pod Emergence Scene") in the 2005 Blu-ray.

Here was what I just wrote for a short review on Ralph's site:

https://www.avsforum.com/forum/187-official-avs-foruma-blu-ray-disc-reviews/3143850-war-worlds-ultra-hd-blu-ray-review-4.html#post59693472

Tier Recommenation: Tier 0* (.75)

PS If not for the GRITTY SCENES I would have opted for the middle (.5).
I now have the 4K version W/Atmos and patiently waiting for my Atmos System to get installed in June.

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I now have the 4K version W/Atmos and patiently waiting for my Atmos System to get installed in June.

Terry
Hey Terry,

You are in for a real treat once you get your Atmos system; it truly puts you in a "dome of sound!" I will look forward to you "dropping in" to this thread to give us your impressions...on both the PQ and AQ. Again, the UHD/HDR brings this up to "Reference Level" which is light years ahead of the 2010 Blu-ray version. The Atmos mix also brings it UP to "Reference Level" EXCEPT the LFE isn't as low in demo scenes as the Blu-ray DTS-HD mix was. For the life of me I have no idea why they would "filter" the sound and lower the LFE. That said, the bass/LFE is still quite good!:cool:

Denny
 
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Hey Terry,

You are in for a real treat once you get your Atmos system; it truly puts you in a "dome of sound!" I will look forward to you "dropping in" to this thread to give us your impressions...on both the PQ and AQ. Again, the UHD/HDR brings this up to "Reference Level" which is light years ahead of the 2010 Blu-ray version. The Atmos mix also brings it UP to "Reference Level" EXCEPT the LFE isn't as low in demo scenes as the Blu-ray DTS-HD mix was. For the life of me I have no idea why they would "filter" the sound and lower the LFE. That said, the bass/LFE is still quite good!:cool:

Denny
Denny,

No-Worries on me saying what I think of Atmos once it's installed and of course then Custom Calibrated.




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Terry,

I noticed on your "Build Page" that you are going to have Chad B. calibrate your system. I'm signed up with him too (for possibly June or July, but who knows where he is at now with the pandemic still wreaking havoc) to calibrate my LG OLED and I'm seriously thinking of having him to do my total SVS sound system too, even though I'm quite satisfied with it now after running my Denon's Audyssey XT32 calibration.

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Terry,

I noticed on your "Build Page" that you are going to have Chad B. calibrate your system. I'm signed up with him too (for possibly June or July, but who knows where he is at now with the pandemic still wreaking havoc) to calibrate my LG OLED and I'm seriously thinking of having him to do my total SVS sound system too, even though I'm quite satisfied with it now after running my Denon's Audyssey XT32 calibration.

Denny
Denny,

Speaking of Chad and getting hold of him. :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek: :eek:
I can tell you it's NOT easy buddy.
I'm not being ^^^ cute or a smart-ass I'm just sharing with you what I think.
He is really-really-really good at Both Audio as well as the Video Calibrating !!!

But, he's not a people person is the best way I know to say it.

(I was in sales for years & years so I am a people person and I reply instantly to All Request as an example versus a guy like Chad B)

I have reached-out to him multiple times and still don't have a real Confirmed-Date. :frown:

I'm keeping my fingers crossed and hope eventually I will hear back from him, hopefully.

For what an AVS member's opinion is worth ............
I can say that the Biggest difference to me with my H/T was him doing the Audio !!!
It was KILLER after he did his thing especially my BASS.

There was a difference in the Video but nothing at all remotely like the difference to the Audio.

I'm having as you might have seen a lot of Major Up-Grades done in June and therefore I want Chad to redo Both the Audio & Video.

What I don't want to happen is to have to wait months and months for him to come to do the above. :eek: :eek: :eek:

If I find out that's ^^^ going to be the situation I'm more than likely going to look into seeing if there is another Highly-Trained Calibrator I can get sooner.

This latest project for multiple reasons has gone on for like a year from it's beginning.
So I'm not prepared to wait some Crazy Time Frame to get it all Custom-Calibrated once everything is installed.

Terry
 

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^^^^^^^^^

I hear you Terry! I actually contacted Chad last FALL and he did get back to me quickly, only to inform me that he won't be touring Minnesota (where I live) till early summer at the soonest. But again, with the pandemic he is probably WAY BEHIND SCHEDULE since most people aren't letting anyone into their homes. I would have no problem with that myself.

Thanks for the heads up on Chad's "audio skills." You have just persuaded me to have him do it!:cool: Regarding the Video calibration, I may just have him do the least expensive one (Express Calibration) since I'm very, very satisfied with the PQ on my LG OLED 77C8 right now. I use one of the Cinema Modes (Dark Room) and have tweaked most of the settings to my liking and I get an amazing picture with good sources. I absolutely LOVE the BLACKS on this OLED and they make the colors POP and increase the depth.

Good luck to you in getting Chad to calibrate your system once it's all installed. BTW, I like your system!:)
 
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I Still Believe (1080p)

Another "Lionsgate Looker!!

This just "may" make it into Tier 0, but I'm not taking it there. The first few scenes featured tons of color-grading (ORANGE hues) that always serve to take me out of the movie (at least to some extent), resulting in less-than-accurate flesh tones and a softening of the PQ as well. The very first scene also had some overblown contrast giving it a "washed out look."

Okay, now for the good. This was razor-sharp from that point (the first few scenes) on, with excellent depth, vibrant colors, spot on flesh tones, deep blacks and finely-rendered shadow details, and strong contrast. Had the whole movie been like this it could have landed in Tier 0.

Tier Recommendation: 1.0*

PS The Dolby Atmos mix was okay, but with very little action and rather subdued ballads in the music concert portions of the movie, it didn't serve much purpose.

PPS The acting was VERY GOOD...but I do wish that Christian movie producers would use Christian actors instead of "pretty faces" from "secular Hollywood."
 

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How To Train Your Dragon 3

I have many, many animated movies to catch up to and this one blew my mind completely. It looks a noticeable step above the likes of Coco and Moana, which were the top reference movies before HDR became all the rage. This movie had looks of solid (absolute) blacks, Hiccoughs enchanted sword is one the brightest elements I've ever seen on my B6 OLED (probably peaked at 750 nits ;) ) razor-sharp best-in-class CGI throughout.

Linus from Linus Tech Tips uses this movie to assess the HDR performance of monitors like the Apple XDR Pro Display and its Asus equivalents, and I now understand why. The textures, detail and pop is phenomenal :)

Tier recommendation: 0 (Top 10)
 

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^^^^^^^^^

I hear you Terry! I actually contacted Chad last FALL and he did get back to me quickly, only to inform me that he won't be touring Minnesota (where I live) till early summer at the soonest. But again, with the pandemic he is probably WAY BEHIND SCHEDULE since most people aren't letting anyone into their homes. I would have no problem with that myself.

Thanks for the heads up on Chad's "audio skills." You have just persuaded me to have him do it!:cool: Regarding the Video calibration, I may just have him do the least expensive one (Express Calibration) since I'm very, very satisfied with the PQ on my LG OLED 77C8 right now. I use one of the Cinema Modes (Dark Room) and have tweaked most of the settings to my liking and I get an amazing picture with good sources. I absolutely LOVE the BLACKS on this OLED and they make the colors POP and increase the depth.

Good luck to you in getting Chad to calibrate your system once it's all installed.

I'm in contact with Chad currently just waiting for the "Confirmed-Date" from him.

BTW, I like your system!:)
I appreciate the compliment !!!


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The Invisible Man


Some shots are absolute reference, with great detail and crystal clear sharpness, but a lot of the scenes are dim and looked noisy and flat.

Tier recommendation: 1.25
 

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John Wick: Chapter 3

Pretty much the same level of reference as John Wick & John Wick: Chapter 2.

John Wick 3 shows how to make dark & gritty night time scenes look sharp and clean. Plethora of details, the mirror scene in particular is amazing.


Tier recommendation: 0.75
 
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