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The Prestige Ultra HD Blu-ray Review & Comments

Discussion in '4K Ultra HD Blu-rays' started by Casimir Harlow, Jan 1, 2018.


    1. Casimir Harlow

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      Thanks for the review Cas :)
       
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      I love this film One of my fav C Bale films 7 is low i would give it a 9
       
    4. Casimir Harlow

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      Well it’s lucky I gave it an 8 then! ;)
       
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      My mistake i can live with 8 :)
       
    6. Jim Di Griz

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      Its a 9 for me...definitely getting this one shortly.
       
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      Watched this film for the 1st time today via my OPPO 203>Denon 3300>Lg 55B7, don't know how i missed it when it came out ?

      Anyway i found the PQ on this one very good. Blacks, colours, clarity, details all great. Though a couple of times when Hugh Jackman was on stage the whites on his shirt was a tad over exposed nearly blowing out the detail(nearly!).

      Regards the detail/sharpness i found the whole film great having a nice clean image with only a very very small hint of grain. But yet again as it seems with these Nolan releases there were places with in the film were they lost focus when filming which in turn makes the image look soft!

      The sound was alright, not really a film to demo that(though the electric parts sounded great!)

      Overall i enjoyed the film with the usual Nolan film of GREAT actors/actresses

      I sort of agree with Cas regards the scores(though i would give the PQ a 8 or 9, but remember everyone watches the same content but we are NOT using the same equipment, so i marked what i see on my stuff!)

      Thanks for the review Cas :smashin:
       
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    8. raduv1

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      Not my favourite Nolan film even though I do love that steampunk ish vibe it puts out . Just does not quite click with me . It almost feels like work in progress or a lil unfinished . That said though it has a majestic air to it visually in keeping with the story .
       
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      I purchased the movie on itunes for under £8. Then, I suddenly see it updated to 4K DOLBYVISION for free. I wonder how much better the BLU Ray 4K/HDR is supposed to be?
       
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      I'm seeing a lot of these posts on UHD BD threads regarding the ITunes equivalent. Could the Gods or mods of the forum create a section for members that choose the Itunes option . Or could members themselves create a thread in the appropriate streaming media threads section to discuss ITunes or indeed Vudu .
       
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      The UK Blu-ray release of this film only ever had a lossy DD 5.1 track I think. The US Region locked disc had a lossless LPCM track. I may be wrong but my UK release is defo DD 5.1
       
    12. Jim Di Griz

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      You are dead right.
       
    13. Geoff_D

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      @Casimir Harlow

      Cas, Inception was NOT 35mm only. And each time you keep repeating that, I'll keep reminding you. :D

      From American Cinematographer July 2010:

      Pleased with what they were able to achieve by mixing anamorphic 35mm cinematography with 15-perf 65mm on The Dark Knight (AC July ’08), Nolan and Pfister decided to test large formats for some sequences in Inception. “We’ve always been interested in exploring the highest resolutions and highest-quality imaging formats,” says Nolan. “We decided to use 35mm anamorphic as our main format on this film because it’s the most controllable, the cameras are reasonably lightweight and very efficient, and we’ve got a lot of experience with it. But we also decided we could get some value out of mixing large-format photography into some of our biggest set pieces and some of the more formally constructed scenes.” Imax was ruled out because the filmmakers decided that extensive handheld camerawork would be a cornerstone of their visual approach.

      In their quest to find the most suitable large format for Inception, the filmmakers met with industry legend Douglas Trumbull and took a look at Showscan’s latest iteration. They also examined Super Dimension 70, a system devised by Robert Weisgerber that allows shooting and projecting at 48 fps. “Strangely, Super Dimension 70 images have an almost hyper-HD quality, despite the phenomenal resolution,” says Pfister. “We just couldn’t get around that.” They also screened a presentation created by ASC members Bill Bennett and Kees van Oostrum that mixed wide shots captured on 65mm with closer shots made on 35mm. “We saw that the 35mm and 65mm footage cut together well,” says Pfister. “They got great detail and resolution on the wide shots, where objects in the frame appear smaller. Seeing that encouraged us to use that model.” The filmmakers eventually decided to add both 65mm and VistaVision 8-perf 35mm to the mix for Inception.
       
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    14. Casimir Harlow

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      Thanks, the review was written before your earlier comment.

      Could it be that the use of a combination of 35mm and 65mm footage on Inception could go some ways towards helping explain why I found the clarity somewhat inconsistent on that UHD?

      PS How did you get along with Prestige (dare I ask?)
       
    15. Geoff_D

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      Quite possibly, although his usage of 35mm anamorphic has long had a soft look because Nolan usually gets custom lenses made up that play to anamorphic's classic qualities like the softness at the edges of the frame and so on. Whether people like it or not is a subjective matter of course, but those "flaws" you're perceiving are part of how the film was shot. It is what it is.

      As for Prestige I really liked the UHD. It's not (and will never be) outrageously sharp and colour-tastic eye candy but then it was never meant to be, and that holds for all the 35mm footage in every one of these Nolan 4K's. They're restrained and respectful (Begins' crass DNR usage aside) and that suits me fine. Prestige has got this gorgeous golden hue on the 4K that reminds me a lot of Barry Lyndon, I dread to think of the 6/10 or 7/10 marks that will get doled out to that one if it ever hits 4K ;)
       
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      Thanks for the review.
      I only have the HD-DVD with DD+ lossy soundtrack, and I've resisted buying the BD. Looks like I might as well skip to the UHD version :)
       
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      If you are a fan of the film that would be a mistake.
       
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      Are you suggesting I should pick up the BD instead of the UHD ?

      edit: I did say skip to the UHD version, not skip it completely :)
       
    19. Will Scarlet

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      Oops, I misread your post.:facepalm:
       
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      I must be one of the very, VERy few who did not like this film.

      In fact I really didn't like it.

      Did not have a single character I liked or could sympathise with (not that the film is asking me to), but the only other film like that was Wolf Of Wall Street and that worked better for me even though I hated Jordan Belfort (Leonardo DiCaprio) more than I could possibly imagine.

      Also,
      the final trick had me foaming as if I recall correctly (I may be wrong, but I dont think so) was technically, even in that world would be impossible. Or i could be very confused.
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    21. Casimir Harlow

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      I quite sympathised with Bale, because it was an impossible situation, but agree re: Jackman and in particular the ending which I found very UN-Nolan.

      Ironically the other magic film released at the same time, The Illusionist, seemed far more fantasy than this - the operative word being seemed. I really never thought Nolan would cheat us. Still, narratively it’s immaculately constructed and all of the rest of the straight twists and turns are superb.
       
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      I’ve not seen The Illusionist, solely due to the reason of the tricks basically seem to be conning you, as in, they just come across as camera/editing tricks. So I’ll whole heartedly admit I never felt that way about The Prestige’s tricks. It’s just the last one couldn’t “work” in my mind.

      I might give this another go if it turns up on iTunes for a good price. If anything, just to see if my impressions about the last trick are repeated.
       
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      I adore the film, despite the fact that the twist at the end of the film is explained on about page 2 of Christopher Priest's book. Granted the ending of the book would never work on screen, but still...
       
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      I am seeing reviews that the HDR on this is badly messed up.
       

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