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Old 07-08-2013, 12:32 PM
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David has reviewed 'Taxi Driver (Mastered in 4K).' Check it out!

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Old 07-08-2013, 02:54 PM
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I'm glad to see there is no reason to upgrade my current copy, as it's probably my favorite Blu-Ray packaging in my whole collection.
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Old 07-08-2013, 03:25 PM
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Came as no surprise really–can't see how this already flawless release with its stunning remastering effort could be improved upon enough to warrant another release on this format.

Truly one of my favorites. And yeah, I also love the tasteful packaging. (Reminds me of the UK packaging of Casino Royale.)
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Old 07-08-2013, 03:57 PM
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I'll keep THIS version thank you!
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Of course it looks the same, it's a cash grab. The director-approved.edition is the best the film will ever get. The human eye cannot detect 4k resolution in any convenient.configuration.
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I'm interested in knowing what size of television the reviewer used. To notice the difference 4K provides would you need a much larger display? (Similar to how certain bitrates for music require better speakers) Or is there a cut-off in image quality where the human eye may no longer be able see any more detail? I'm thinking you may need 100+ inches to get the full impact.

As is, Blu-ray looks stunning to me and I honestly can't picture films looking much better.
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Old 07-09-2013, 12:24 PM
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These discs are not 4k. The video transfers are "mastered in 4k" and then downscaled to the standard 1080p resolution of every other Blu-ray. This is already standard practice among many of the major studios, most of whom don't feel the need to create special branding for it. The only thing different about these discs is that they have high bit rates. They're essentially "Superbit" Blu-rays.
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These discs are not 4k. The video transfers are "mastered in 4k" and then downscaled to the standard 1080p resolution of every other Blu-ray. This is already standard practice among many of the major studios, most of whom don't feel the need to create special branding for it. The only thing different about these discs is that they have high bit rates. They're essentially "Superbit" Blu-rays.
This is an important point to understand. Just like when CD's used to have stickers on them touting "20 bit mastering" or later and more commonly "24 bit remaster", it's just a marketing gimmick. CD's are 16 bit. You can transfer analog tape to digital at 20 or 24 bit (or other bit-depths), but its down-sampled to 16 bit when its put on CD.
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Old 07-10-2013, 10:58 PM
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These discs are not 4k. The video transfers are "mastered in 4k" and then downscaled to the standard 1080p resolution of every other Blu-ray. This is already standard practice among many of the major studios, most of whom don't feel the need to create special branding for it. The only thing different about these discs is that they have high bit rates. They're essentially "Superbit" Blu-rays.
Thanks for this info, the superbit comparison cleared up my confusion. I'm usually up to date with what's coming out and this caught me completely by surprise. With the recent release of 4K televisions I really thought they were somehow managing to cram remastered movies on Blu-rays. They'd probably need even more storage space to make that a reality.
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Old 07-11-2013, 12:04 PM
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Thanks for this info, the superbit comparison cleared up my confusion. I'm usually up to date with what's coming out and this caught me completely by surprise. With the recent release of 4K televisions I really thought they were somehow managing to cram remastered movies on Blu-rays. They'd probably need even more storage space to make that a reality.
At the very least, a new and more efficient compression codec.
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