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  1. RockyMtnVideo
    03-10-2018 07:14 PM
    You are definitely welcome. Thanks for listening!!

    Yeah... we're all, seemingly, in the same boat, forced to wait for LG and Dolby to sort it all out. I just also had the thought (as a computing guy) that there could be many features (APIs) available to the people rendering the video, and some folks could using some that are not causing problems at the end-point (TV), while others are using more extravagant features that step right in the middle of the buggy code on the far end. It could explain some of the variability, from one film, to another. (Just a WAG.)

    Anyway... again, appreciate the discussion. The more folks that get involved in this (and whine about it to LG), the more likely that they'll keep a proper focus on the problem.

    Have a great weekend!
  2. RockyMtnVideo
    03-10-2018 06:25 PM
    John Archer is the one that I first saw discussing this. Unfortunately, I was limited in my posting space, and had to kill a lot of the initial post. His latest article is here:

    Bottom line, he is claiming that there are still outstanding issues. In my case, I have a 2016 model, and still don't have any of the updated fixes, so I've not been able to even test this initial fix. I'm probably going to bug LG again on Monday, to try to get a status, 'cause the whole thing seems like a real mess. I would almost be happier to just be able to tell my OPPO to ignore DolbyVision, and handle it as just a HDR10 disk.

    It just "smells like" the issues that you are seeing, are more of this same problem, all, of course, IMHO.

    Anyway... all for what little it's worth. THANKS for the quick reply!
  3. RockyMtnVideo
    03-10-2018 04:24 AM
    Howdy. Just needed you to know that some of the problems that you see in the Downsizing 4k disk are actually "not the disk", but your LG set. I would simply suggest you look at this:

    If you were to toss in the 4K version of Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets, you will see the same bizarre situation where "light" seems to bleed out into what should be jet-black letterboxing.

    The good news is as seen on the link above, LG is working on firmware updates. The bad news is that none of us have those yet.

    Anyway, you just need to be aware that any Dolby Vision disks that you review, will be messed up (obviously, not just in the letterboxing, but in a variety of unpredictable places, anywhere in the displayed content.

    Anyway, I just figured that you would need/want to know, so that you can make note of that in your review.

  4. Count Orlok
    02-26-2018 07:35 AM
    Count Orlok
    Hey kiski!

    Just curious if you could check out something with your Hatchet Blu-ray. Do your special features only take up half of the screen whenever you watch them? My setup is ISF calibrated, but this is really awkward.
  5. andrewnguyen
    02-26-2018 07:15 AM
    Regarding your review of the COCO discs, if I'm on the fence would you say to buy the blu-ray over the UHD disc?
  6. Acer2010
    02-21-2018 11:22 PM
    Hello, kiskiboy97. I wrote a private message to you on November 20, 2017. However, I did not receive a response. Here's half the message:
    "I have a question for you regarding the Blu-ray version of Cecil B. DeMille's 1956 epic THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, which was released on March 29, 2011.
    Could the whole movie have fit on one whole disc and still have the same great video and audio qualities to which you had given high scores (if the only feature on the disc had just been the audio commentary and nothing else)?
    The reason I ask is because there was another movie that was longer than THE TEN COMMANDMENTS, at 233 or 234 minutes, and the film was scanned at 8K and I think it was downsized to 4K for its Blu-ray debut, and the film was on one whole BD-50 disc with just the audio commentary as the only bonus on the disc with the movie. It was GONE WITH THE WIND."
  7. benji888578
    02-04-2018 04:22 AM
    I think the issue is disc size, and wanting to keep it to 2 discs.

    And, in general, the reason no extras are included on UHD BDs is because of space:

    HD BDs come in at 25GB single layer, 50GB dual layer.
    UHD BDs come in at 50GB or 66GB dual layer, 100GB triple layer.

    While UHD multiplies each dimension by 2, (1920x1080 x2 both horizontal & vertical), that equals 4x as many pixels. BDs have not increased 4x in capacity, at maximum, 2x. Granted the HEVC/H.265 compression is better and more efficient than H.264, however, disc size becomes a factor for UHD, where formerly, there was plenty of space for most movies and extras at decent bitrates for HD content. So, in this case, it seems apparent, more compression was used in order to fit the content on 2 discs, affecting PQ.
  8. BenTheGuitarMan
    02-03-2018 09:20 AM
    Hi I seen your review about stranger things and how you said it best to just grab the Blu Ray version, I already paid for the 4K + Blu Ray though (hasn't arrived yet). Am I correct in thinking that the Blu Ray has the truehd soundtrack? Like it wouldn't have a different transfer to the standard Blu Ray + DVD set would it?

  9. benji888578
    02-01-2018 01:31 AM
    Hi, I just read your review of Stranger Things and am a little baffled, as, I've read another review that stated the 4K disc presentation looked better than streaming via Netflix.

    Also, the BD & UHD should be different, the other review stated that the detail differences were modest, but, noticeable, they also said the color was slightly better, (which it should be as UHD SDR still has 10-bit color over 8-bit for HD), I'm only asking this because I've done it, (I've thought I checked everything and then realized I didn't), you said you checked that the BD was outputting at 1080p, but, what about your TV, did you check all the settings? Did the TV upscale the BD?
  10. PSLGuy
    02-01-2018 12:27 AM
    Hi Mr. Liebman,
    I just read your review of Stranger Things 4K Disc. There have been a lot of people saying the same thing as you in regards to the 4k not having any HDR encoding. The 1st season was not released on Netflix with HDR/Dolby Vision. If you bring up the title now on Netflix, it says Dolby Vision but that only pertains to Season 2. If you actually watch any episode in season 1, you will see that it is only in 4K, no HDR. The information is sketchy as to wether Season 1 was actually graded with any HDR and it just didn’t make onto Netflix. Since the 2nd season was done in Dolby Vision, the information on Season 1 specs are hard to discern. I thought you should know this as it does affect the review.
    I always enjoy your reviews and they give me a good benchmark on wether to make a purchase or not.
    Thank you,


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