Thursday, June 22, 2017

LIFE 4K UHD Ultra HD Blu-ray Review

LIFE 4K UHD ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW


LIFE 4K UHD ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW

LIFE 4K UHD Blu-ray
4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray
Sony Pictures | 2017 | 104 min | Rated R | Jun 20, 2017

Video
Codec: HEVC / H.265
Resolution: 4K (2160p)
Aspect ratio: 2.40:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: Dolby Atmos
English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1

Discs
Blu-ray Disc
Two-disc set (1 BD-50, 1 BD-66)
4K Ultra HD (UHD)
UPC 043396488397

LIFE STORY


LIFE 4K UHD ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW

An international space crew discovers life on Mars.

Director: Daniel Espinosa
Writers: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick
Starring: Ryan Reynolds, Jake Gyllenhaal, Rebecca Ferguson, Hiroyuki Sanada, Ariyon Bakare, Olga Dihovichnaya

LIFE VIDEO REVIEW


LIFE 4K UHD ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW

The detail and color of Life on Ultra HD Blu-ray is excellent. The scene where they are dissecting the life that they have found is truly detailed and shows amazing color. So yeah, the disc has amazing detail, excellent color, so whats wrong with the disc? My issue with the disc in very inconsistent film grain, and sometimes the grains just looks like a mess in dimly lit scenes. I couldn't tell whether it was film grain or just noise, and I really wasn't happy with that. If anything the image looks to have slightly edge look to increase the detail, and along with the film grain / noisy look it doesn't look good in some scenes. The disc does look good mostly but is let down by minor issues. I seek perfection in image quality and this quite simply is not a reference disc because of these issues.

VIDEO SCORE = 4/5


LIFE AUDIO REVIEW


LIFE 4K UHD ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW

The Dolby Atmos in Life is shocking, absolutely incredible sound, from atmos, to bass, to hearing the ship move crack. clear center channel dialogue. This is amazing, and anyone with an Atmos setup needs to hear this movie. Excellent.

AUDIO SCORE = 5/5


MY REVIEW DEVICES


LINE CONDITIONER - FURMAN ELITE-15 PF I
DENON - X6300H
ELAC - DEBUT SERIES
OPPO - UDP-203 4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY
XBOX ONE S
VIZIO - P75C1



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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

The Great Wall 4k (2016) UHD Ultra HD Blu-ray Review

THE GREAT WALL 4K UHD ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW


THE GREAT WALL 4K UHD ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW

The Great Wall 4K Blu-ray
4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray
Universal Studios | 2016 | 103 min | Rated PG-13 | May 23, 2017

Video
Codec: HEVC / H.265
Resolution: 4K (2160p)
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: Dolby Atmos
English: Dolby TrueHD 7.1 (48kHz, 24-bit)
Spanish: Dolby Digital 5.1
French (Canadian): Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles
English SDH, French (Canadian), Spanish

Discs
Blu-ray Disc
Two-disc set (1 BD-50, 1 BD-66)
4K Ultra HD (UHD)
UPC 191329006733

Special Features:
- Deleted and extended scenes
- Matt Damon in China
- Working with Director Zhang Yimou
- The Great Wall Visual Effects
- Man vs. Monster
- Weapons of War

THE GREAT WALL STORY


THE GREAT WALL 4K UHD ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW

Starring global superstar Matt Damon and directed by one of the most breathtaking visual stylists of our time, Zhang Yimou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers), The Great Wall tells the story of an elite force making a valiant stand for humanity on the world's most iconic structure. Jing Tian, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe and Andy Lau also star in this sweeping epic.

Director: Yimou Zhang
Writers: Thomas Tull, Max Brooks, Tony Gilroy, Carlo Bernard, Doug Miro
Starring: Matt Damon, Pedro Pascal, Willem Dafoe, Andy Lau, Jing Tian, Numan Acar

THE GREAT WALL VIDEO REVIEW


THE GREAT WALL 4K UHD ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW

The Great Wall Picture quality is at times excellent, and at others not so good. Grain levels are different from scene to scene and have no consistency, I believe this is due to lacking bit rate from the transfer. There is alot of smoke in many of the battle scenes, all digital smoke and in my opinion its way, way over done, and doesn't look good. I think this ruins the image quality of many scene's, if the smoke was reduced by 50% it would have been and looked much more natural in my opinion. At the end where we see every color of the rainbow coming through, I feel as though the bit just isn't high enough, and noise/artifacts rear its head in a minor way. Many scenes look amazing, but is let down by not getting enough love.

VIDEO SCORE = 4/5


THE GREAT WALL AUDIO REVIEW


THE GREAT WALL 4K UHD ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW

The Dolby Atmos in The Great Wall is a bass and atmos fest!!! The Dolby Atmos effects are shocking, Ill say that again, the Dolby Atmos effects are shocking! Towards the end of the movie where they go under the sewers, and they hear the beasts above them is some of the best example of what atmos has to provide. Low bass is amazing, and is just a great example of how good Dolby Atmos can sound.

On a side note, make sure you have your dolby atmos levels set correctly, the voices on first watching sounded low to me, so I reset all my levels, center, left/right, left/right surround, left/right surround back and I downloaded the official dolby atmos 7.1.4 levels test to a USB to test everything. After measuring everything with an SPL Sound Pressure Level Meter dialogue was clear and precise.
So I cannot emphasize this enough, make sure you get your home audio systems channel levels set correctly. When I got my systems level set dead on this disc is quite simply a demo disc. Amazing!

AUDIO SCORE = 5/5


MY REVIEW DEVICES


LINE CONDITIONER - FURMAN ELITE-15 PF I
DENON - X6300H
ELAC - DEBUT SERIES
OPPO - UDP-203 4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY
XBOX ONE S
VIZIO - P75C1



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Monday, June 5, 2017

Ex Machina 4K UHD Ultra HD Blu-ray Review

EX MACHINA 4K UHD ULTRA HD BLU-RAY REVIEW


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Ex Machina 4K Blu-ray
4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray
Lionsgate Films | 2015 | 108 min | Rated R | Jun 06, 2017

Video
Codec: HEVC / H.265
Resolution: 4K (2160p)
Aspect ratio: 2.40:1
Original aspect ratio: 2.39:1

Audio
English: DTS:X
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1

Subtitles
English, English SDH, Spanish

Discs
Blu-ray Disc
Two-disc set (1 BD-50, 1 BD-66)
4K Ultra HD (UHD)
UPC 031398264477

EX MACHINA STORY


Ex Machina 4K (2015) 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Caleb, a gifted programmer at the world's largest Internet company, wins a competition to visit the private mountain retreat of Nathan, the reclusive CEO of the company. Caleb later learns he will have to participate in a strange experiment involving interaction with the world's first genuine artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot girl.

Director: Alex Garland
Writer: Alex Garland
Starring: Domhnall Gleeson, Alicia Vikander, Sonoya Mizuno, Oscar Isaac, Corey Johnson, Claire Selby

EX MACHINA VIDEO REVIEW


Ex Machina 4K (2015) 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Im not sure whether this has a 2k or 4k master but it seemed very soft. The colors are excellent for out door scenes. There are some shots that look excellent, and very impressive, but from an overall perspective its really not good enough, and very uneven.
Artifacts and noise are present in dark areas and film grain is not equal through the movie. I kinda like the movie but this isn't an impressive looking disc, and ends up being a disappointment.

VIDEO SCORE = 4/5


EX MACHINA AUDIO REVIEW


Ex Machina 4K (2015) 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray

Sound is quite nice, very tight bass when the power goes off. Dialogue is clear, and has some nice DTSX height effects. This movie didn't blow me away, but its a nice standard soundtrack that does the job with nothing flashy added.

AUDIO SCORE = 3/5


MY REVIEW DEVICES


LINE CONDITIONER - FURMAN ELITE-15 PF I
DENON - X6300H
ELAC - DEBUT SERIES
OPPO - UDP-203 4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY
XBOX ONE S
VIZIO - P75C1



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