Top Gun (UHD)
recommendation: Tier 1.5*
recommendation: Tier 1.5*
It's rare finding discs everyone unanimously agrees on regarding pure picture quality. Viewers have different tastes.No worries Darth, just discussion I often disagree with the opinions of Ralph Potts, The Editors of AVforumsUK, Djoberg, etc
Djoberg hates muted colour and doesn't mind film grain... I hate grain but do not mind muted colours for instance
I now have the 4K version W/Atmos and patiently waiting for my Atmos System to get installed in June.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:
Tier Recommenation: Tier 0* (.75)
PS If not for the GRITTY SCENES I would have opted for the middle (.5).
Hey Terry,I now have the 4K version W/Atmos and patiently waiting for my Atmos System to get installed in June.
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!
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.
I appreciate the compliment !!!^^^^^^^^^
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! 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!