Blue Planet II Ultra HD Blu-ray Review & Comments

Discussion in '4K Ultra HD Blu-rays' started by Steve Withers, Jan 24, 2018.


    1. Steve Withers

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      ordered. thanks steve :)
       
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      Up to episode 4, agree it is simply superb no complaints at all.
      Perhaps one, there is some posterization in one of the deep blue shots but that's it. OK two the black levels are elevated they are not 0.0 as the normal bluray does but it does not really matter on this type of film.
       
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      So makes you think why 10/10 for PQ if its not 100% perfect. Sounds more like 9.8/10
       
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      It is pretty much perfect, check it out first ;) but yeah 9.8 would be correct.
       
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      I watched the 4K UHD HDR transmission via iPlayer with my OLED C7. Will the Blu-ray be even better as that was stunning. What I'm asking is would the iPlayer 4kUHD_HDR transmission be the same quality as the Blu-ray ?
       
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      been waiting for this review since the disc has been out, I knew it was going to me awesome regardless of this review :) Now just need to actually make the purchase!
       
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      Should be better, it wont be compressed at all!
       
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      From Steve's article:
      "Blue Planet II looked incredible when broadcast in Full HD and even more impressive in HLG on the iPlayer but the 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray takes things to another level."
       
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      Working my way through the UHD discs at the moment but not finished yet but the Coral and Green Seas epsiodes have been particularly awesome
       
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      I admit I skim read it :censored:

      Thanks for quote
       
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      I am sorry but why are mainstream reviews being done on 55" screens? For instance, something that looks good on smaller screens may not look as good on larger screens. No offense to anyone but just being curious.
       
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      I would think that 55in is the sweet spot for TV sizes currently, pretty much average for the UK, so it makes sense to review on that size.
       
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      Yep, I was in market for a new OLED at Christmas and for my standard size living room the 65" was just too big so went for a 55" (up from a 46" Samsung). At my viewing distance I'd be having to pan my head left-to-right to see the whole 65" too !!
       
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      I do get you guys but I am surprised that AVForums legends don't have a proper gear for their reviews. 55" is probably a sweet spot for us plebs in the UK but was expecting a reviewer to owning something bigger as it is easier to find flaws on bigger screens over smaller ones. So this would consequently end up in a lower rating for the PQ.
       
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      HDR isnt great on a projector and as mentioned, makes a big difference, all depends on what you want from your review.
       
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      Agreed. Not sure you can please all the people all of the time with the plethora of different display options.

      Maybe we could get separate reviews for LED, OLED, QLED and projectors, (broken down into DLP, 3 chip DLP, 3LCD and LCoS of course), That would keep the AVforums reviewers busy! ;)
       
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      Don't think so, resolution is distance relative, a billboard looks sharp from a distance, walk up to one though and well, enough said. Sit really close to a 55" and you'll see the exact same detail as a 65" a little further away.
       
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      I am aware HDR on PJs is not good but personally I think our reviewers can review on at least a 65" TV. I mean they are in the game and are looked upon by most of us for professional advice

      For instance, a Blu-ray encoded at just 8-10 Mbps could look great on smaller screens but will will look ugly showing compression artifacts on larger screens
       
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      That's old, it is definitely stunning on mine with my custom HDR curves I much prefer the PJ over my OLED.
       
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      Assuming it was just easier as Steve has a 55” oled, get the review out quick.
       
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      Ok, “isn’t great” is slightly lazy/unfair but from what I have read and listened too, HDR on a projector simply can’t compete with HDR on a flat panel.
       
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      That's not surprising, considering your set up - that JVC is a serious bit of kit!
       
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      We do have some of the best testing environments in the country when compared to 'other' review outlets. We have complete dedicated bat caves for projector testing that no other review site or magazine can boast. Our displays are all properly calibrated for the display chain and rooms they are used in, and with decades of reviewing experience under our belts, we would like to think that any assessment of video quality was considered, repeatable and objective, no matter how big the screen size. As has been mentioned there is far more to good image quality than resolution (and size) alone. There will be very few reviews of this (or other discs) which have been done in such environments on properly calibrated displays by 'other' outlets. We take great pride in the way we objectively test.
       
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      I'm of the opinion that so long as the screen has enough pixels to display the source material without scaling or interpolation it doesn't matter how big it is. What does matter is the viewing distance.
       
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      Anyway, the disc is looking good.
      I was impressed with the HLG version, a few little issues but hey, was a great test run, glad the disc improves on.
       
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      Lets face it, this was the BBC's flagship natural history documentary for 2017, the much anticipated sequel to the highly acclaimed Blue Planet, many years and many £££s of license payers money in the making, how would the picture quality be anything other than top notch?
       
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      Have you had your display professionally calibrated?
       
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      No but I am neither a calibrator nor a professional reviewer.
       
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      Have you got a 4k set up yet?
       
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