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Akira - 4K BD

Kotatsu Neko

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My shiny new copy of Akira on 4K disc arrived today. It's a Japanese import so not cheap, but for your money you get the movie in 4K, plus the same on a regular BD, and an extra BD with a documentary about the new audio remaster. It also all comes in a very pretty box.

I love the movie and have seen it many times on several formats, initially with the two VHS set Manga Video released in the early 90s. I've yet to watch the new 4K disc in its entirety, but I had a good scan and impressions unfortunately aren't good. It's really soft and DNR has clearly had its way with things. HDR is there is places, but it's subtle. I'll watch it in full this weekend but sadly this looks to be a disappointment. I also did a back to back comparison with the BD and surprisingly the BD looks even softer, needlessly so.
 

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Moonda

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I remember being blown away by the super high bitrate audio track on BD. Have they upgraded that to Atmos?
 

Kotatsu Neko

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I don't have Atmos but I think it's listed as 7.1 in the menu. It's a new mix though and very active on the rear channels. Sounds great.
 

Kotatsu Neko

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Well I watched this tonight and the disc is indeed a big disappointment. The source just isn't up to scratch, with visible print damage at times and weak black levels. Darker scenes look especially poor. HDR is used incredibly sparingly, really just on headlights in the opening night time sequences. It's soft throughout, with several shots looking so soft they're essentially out of focus.

The new sound mix on the other hand is sensational and when things get busy and the utterly bananas Yamashiro Gumi score kicks in it's stunning stuff. There are four audio tracks, a TrueHD remastered track in 5.1, a Dolby Digital 5.1 track (I assume the original audio mix), a PCM stereo track, and finally an English dubbed TrueHD 5.1 track.

I hadn't watched the movie in quite a few years and it's still sensationally good. The opening 14 minutes is simply some of the most incredible animation ever created. The movie is incredible to look at from start to finish, and like the movie it is clearly inspired by - Blade Runner, Akira has gone to be hugely influential as well. It's a masterpiece. I love it. The disc, not so much.

Oh and there are no subs on the extras I'm afraid. Better brush up on your 日本語 if you want to understand them.
 

rebel_scum

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I sold it, literally the same day it arrived.

It was like trying to watching something wearing someone else's glasses.

New remix can eff off too.

Only the trailers have English subs, extras wise.
 

Swizz

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I was another who was looking forward to this release on 4k as well. Shame.

I remember sitting in front of the TV back when I was 10/11 to the advert of Akira on VHS. I was instantly hooked! Not only to Akira but to Manga.
 

shotokan101

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The omission of English subs is atrocious and penny-pinching IMO - shame as I have been waiting for this... :(
 

Kotatsu Neko

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The omission of English subs is atrocious and penny-pinching IMO - shame as I have been waiting for this... :(
There are English subs on the movie itself at least.
 

shotokan101

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There are English subs on the movie itself at least.
....straight from the dvd and blu-ray copies no doubt do zero effort - makes you wonder if they actually remastered to 4K or just upscaled from blu......
 

rebel_scum

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To be fair, the subs are the one thing, (well two things, the 2.0 PCM audio is on there), they got right. They ported across the ones made for the 25th anniversary release, which were newly translated and finally accurate

Previous releases only included dubtitles.
 

shotokan101

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To be fair, the subs are the one thing, (well two things, the 2.0 PCM audio is on there), they got right. They ported across the ones made for the 25th anniversary release, which were newly translated and finally accurate

Previous releases only included dubtitles.
Interesting - must admit that I didn't spot the difference :blush: on the Anniversary release - must have another watch of both......
 

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