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Highdefdigest called it out
 

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Donnie Darko distorts spacetime on Ultra HD with a surprisingly impressive and satisfyingly beautiful HEVC H.265 encode, offering fans a notable upgrade over previous Blu-ray releases and making this version the best the film has ever looked on any format. 

However, there is one major caveat to that praise. Being one of my most highly-anticipated releases of the year, it pains me to report that the disc containing the original theatrical cut of the cult classic arrives with a major blunder. The encode comes with a serious framerate issue that causes a stuttering effect once every second, making the movie pretty much unwatchable. But it appears to be a problem affecting only certain disc players, like the Panasonic, PS5 and Xbox Series X, all three of which I tested on my system. My Oppo UDP-203, on the other hand, played the disc without issue and was used for this review, which explains the high marks and praise for this release. But for those without an Oppo or any other unaffected player, the disc is unwatchable and understandably ranks significantly lower, if not outright defective. We will keep readers posted on any updates or news from Arrow Video. 

 

https://ultrahd.highdefdigest.com/92195/donniedarko4kultrahdbluray.html

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I get the feeling I'll be in a bit of a minority here, but despite being a picky 4k buyer (i.e. I'm only interested in films I really like/am very interested in that have a particularly strong visual element to them), I'm very excited for this:

 

Dune (1984) Limited Edition UHD from Arrow. And, like most Arrow editions, they've added some nice cover art as well.

 

I love Dune, and if it's a good UHD transfer this could be something special. There's an edition with even more extra bumpf available from Zavvi too (and the more traditional box art), if you're that way inclined (and, indeed, non-limited editions for a bit less).

 

Obviously, the cock-up with Donnie Darko has me a little wary; did that ever get resolved? I'll be somewhat less enthusiastic about Dune if it arrives and doesn't play properly on the average UHD player!

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6 hours ago, Hanzo the Razor said:

 

I'll bet Crystal Skull still looks like it was filmed through someones sock though.

 

The avforums review said there was a bit of clean up on the effects shots. But still, it's not going to match up to the first three's practical effects. 

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15 hours ago, AK Bell said:

 

The avforums review said there was a bit of clean up on the effects shots. But still, it's not going to match up to the first three's practical effects. 

 

I was talking more about the cinematography. The first three positively glow at times. Skull misses the crispness Douglas Slocombe gave them. I remember thinking something was wrong at the first screening i went to in 2008. There wasn't. The second was the same. The less said about the DVD transfer the better. I hadn't previously realised that Last Crusade was Slocombe's last film as cinematographer. I thought he had probably died before Skull was made but he only passed away in 2016.

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I've lost all respect for AV Forums after they removed the extras rating from Lord Of The Rings to give it a perfect score, didn't notice that the HDR was missing from Akira and still gave Donnie Dark a high picture rating despite the fact that it's unwatchable.

 

They used to be my go to sight for new reviews, but not anymore.

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23 hours ago, AK Bell said:

Indiana Jones is already out. I thought it was later in the year.

 

Reviews sound like they look amazing. Bought. YEY!!! 

I’ve dropped a fair few hints for this as a Father’s Day present. Hope the fam have picked up on them!

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I'm just repeating what the review said. It'll still be polishing a turd, but maybe won't sting the eyes so much this time with how fake it all looks if they smooth off the edges.

 

It turned up today but it's going to be a while before I see Crystal Skull for myself.

 

 

Temple of Doom first. I watched the other two recently thinking I had ages yet for the UHD.

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15 hours ago, strider said:

I've lost all respect for AV Forums after they removed the extras rating from Lord Of The Rings to give it a perfect score, didn't notice that the HDR was missing from Akira and still gave Donnie Dark a high picture rating despite the fact that it's unwatchable.

 

They used to be my go to sight for new reviews, but not anymore.


All the ‘professional’ disc reviewers are just as bad. Waffle on on about imperceptible bit-rate nonsense to make it sound like they know what they’re talking about whilst missing the wood for the trees, unable to spot obvious QC issues in almost every transfer. The Matrix and Jaws both got perfect scores despite having obvious grading issues I’ve never seen mentioned. Blade Runner 2049 has an ungraded shot at the end!

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There's no such thing as a 'professional review', nobody's getting paid for their opinion on these things. Hence why I only trust my own eyes. 

 

Anyway, this showed up today:

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Wasn't gonna buy it, but FOMO and all that lol

 

Fair play to The Entertainment Store, I only ordered it yesterday morning. 

 

 

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I recently ordered the 4K release of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly on import. Amazon import prices are very good at the moment. Very much looking forward to that turning up. I would fucking love a 4K release of OUATITW next.

 

I also got Don't Look Now a little while back which is pretty impressive. Not so mad on the film though after all this time. 

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25 minutes ago, Steve McQueef said:

There's no such thing as a 'professional review', nobody's getting paid for their opinion on these things. Hence why I only trust my own eyes. 

 

Anyway, this showed up today:

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Wasn't gonna buy it, but FOMO and all that lol

 

Fair play to The Entertainment Store, I only ordered it yesterday morning. 

 

 

 

You lucky, lucky bastard!

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12 hours ago, Hanzo the Razor said:

It'll still be a step up from my old Guild Video VHS.

 

It's not 'shit' at all, don't worry. 

 

There are a handful of shots where the encode dips and you get some visible macroblocking and banding but 90-95% of the film looks great.

 

It's a divisive release because it's not perfect and, you know, fandom, but it's very good for the most part and it's never looked better. 

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14 hours ago, Nifta said:

Anyone with the 4k Indy box agree with this?

 

https://screenrant.com/indiana-jones-4k-upgrade-steven-spielberg-ruin/

Nope. I've seen Temple of Doom so far, and it looked great. It felt like a good warm blast of colour rather than primary colours dialled up to 11.

 

It has plenty of film grain too. Sometimes too much. Reviews suggest they didn't touch up much at all. Just fixed up some composite shots as they are about the only thing that jar from a natural picture. And those reviews were full marks for image quality too. 


The writer doesn't appear to be a specialist reviewer of 4k UHDs.  How do we know the TV is set up right? Ever seen it in a cinema? What did she watch it on originally that gives it's "almost-mythical tone"? For me, it would have to be on letterboxed into a small CRT introduced by the BBC wishing me a Happy New Year. 

 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, Steve McQueef said:

Looking at the author's other articles, I wouldn't trust her to tell me the weather outside her own window. 

It's a pretty shitty website of filler, not just this one writer. Keeps popping up in facebook and the like. It's all clickbait questions filled with tosh. They could get an AI to do the same demanded 1000 words.

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