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Old 06-21-2019, 06:27 AM   #1
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Iíve yet to see this series, but based on the incredibly strong word of mouth, as well as some clips Iíve watched, this seems like itís both horrifying and amazing, all at the same time.

Would definitely blind buy it on UHD.
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Yep, I want this as well. This was 4K native finshed btw.
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Would definitely blind buy it on UHD.
And you wouldn't be disappointed. However, they've already announced the regular blu-ray.
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Iíve yet to see this series, but based on the incredibly strong word of mouth, as well as some clips Iíve watched, this seems like itís both horrifying and amazing, all at the same time.

Would definitely blind buy it on UHD.
It's horrifyingly amazing. Best TV show I've ever seen.
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Yep, I want this as well. This was 4K native finshed btw.
Now Iím really hoping it gets a last minute UHD release.

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And you wouldn't be disappointed. However, they've already announced the regular blu-ray.
Was it an official press release from HBO? If so, that probably means a UHD isnít coming. Still, Iíll get the blu-ray regardless.

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It's horrifyingly amazing. Best TV show I've ever seen.
I donít doubt it, man. I watched a couple scenes; The nuclear reactor lid being blown off absolutely terrified me. Each one of those tubes weighed 771lbs, and I donít remember how many individual tubes there were, but it was a lot, so to imagine millions upon millions of pounds being blown off like a champagne cork, is absolutely horrifying to see!
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This is one I am really hoping to see get a 4K release, it'd be a nice set; 5 episodes, some great bonus features, I'd love to see it again in a higher quality. Hope to hear something about this in the near-future.
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Any word on this?
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Would love to see this get the 4k treatment but we didn't get True Detective on UHD so it's a tough call. I'm hoping this goes on sale for BF.
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No 4k release?! I just finished the show on Blu-ray and its amazing! The best mini series I have ever seen.
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Yeah, it's too bad it didn't get a UHD release considering it was native 4K.

The mini-serie was absolutely brilliant. For me personally, the most powerful work I've seen this century, whether it's a movie, series, mini-series or whatever. I would have to go to 1995, the year of Casino/Heat for something to match it.
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I'd buy this in a heart beat.
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I finally got around to watching this in one single sitting after picking up the Blu-Ray earlier this week.

Yeah.

Very, very disappointed that HBO didn't give this a UHD release. This is one of the best mini-series I've ever watched--and will likely stand the test of time of being the best collective story revolving around the Chernobyl disaster. I'm not sure I should bother doing a writeup considering it'll just be laced with endless superlatives, as every other review that's come out for this series already. But it's all completely well-earned.

Also, this series has some of the best cinematography I've seen from any film or series all year.

It's not even that it does anything overly special, either. A perfect example of how sometimes more is less.

I really love the framing of the interior aerial shots. How you can see dirty and grime through the lens, small objects in the foreground to help elevate the scale of the background. Really good perspective work in this series. Love how muted it is. Love the muddy, dusty look. But it's not done in some stylish way. Also, the lighting is excellent.

Hopefully HBO will reconsider releasing this on UHD at some point.
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Have you seen mr robots cinematography .
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Wait - Sweetie actually LIKED something that'd been shot on fancy modern equipment but was dirtied down for a grungier look? It must be Christmas.
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I rather like the 1991 Turner Entertainment TV movie about Chernobyl. If anyone is interested in seeing it.


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Wait - Sweetie actually LIKED something that'd been shot on fancy modern equipment but was dirtied down for a grungier look? It must be Christmas.
Brown and grey are actually my favorite color combinations. A ton of my photography is based around industrialization.

It's not that I hate stuff that looks grungy (District 9 and Elysium are among my two favorite sci-fi films aesthetically of the last decade) it's just that I don't particularly care much for anamorphic lenses. It's not even that I think that choice of lensing is inherently ugly or anything. It's just that for my preference, I feel at times the lack of focus around the edges of the frame can obscure some really nice detail depending on the shooting location. I'm also not a fan of the vignetting effect--but most importantly, I just happen to like my bokeh to be round. Anamorphic makes it too narrow/opal for my liking.

But funnily enough, Elysium was shot anamorphically. But there are specific DOPs that can make you forget they're using that style. Trent Opaloch is one of them.

Dan Laustsen's photography for JW2 and JW3 also look outstanding.

But it's just one of those things where even though a ton of DOPs shoot with that similar format, they're still unable to provide the overall sense of overwhelming detail like those guys can.

It's just a visual preference on my end, since I do consider myself a visual person.

But, yeah... absolutely love the way Chernobyl was shot, lit, and graded. There's something about the way the framing is in this show, especially during exterior shots of the plant (especially the aerial shots as I mentioned earlier) that make this series look far more horrifying than any horror film I've watched. It probably helps that this REALLY happened--but quite simply doing an adaptation of something non-fictional, doesn't automatically mean it'll convey what truly went on, and how it all looked and felt.

This series, thanks to its DOP, does an excellent job of making you feel like you're there.

I mean, that liquidator sequence on top of the roof... I was about to have an anxiety attack.
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Sweetie you aren't making this any easier for me not jumping on importing it

I first became fascinated with Chernobyl when I watched the Surviving Disaster documentary from 06.

It's amazing how such events make people lose their survival instincts without question. When faced with the prospect of a far greater disaster happening.
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Brown and grey are actually my favorite color combinations. A ton of my photography is based around industrialization.

It's not that I hate stuff that looks grungy (District 9 and Elysium are among my two favorite sci-fi films aesthetically of the last decade) it's just that I don't particularly care much for anamorphic lenses. It's not even that I think that choice of lensing is inherently ugly or anything. It's just that for my preference, I feel at times the lack of focus around the edges of the frame can obscure some really nice detail depending on the shooting location. I'm also not a fan of the vignetting effect--but most importantly, I just happen to like my bokeh to be round. Anamorphic makes it too narrow/opal for my liking.

But funnily enough, Elysium was shot anamorphically. But there are specific DOPs that can make you forget they're using that style. Trent Opaloch is one of them.

Dan Laustsen's photography for JW2 and JW3 also look outstanding.

But it's just one of those things where even though a ton of DOPs shoot with that similar format, they're still unable to provide the overall sense of overwhelming detail like those guys can.

It's just a visual preference on my end, since I do consider myself a visual person.

But, yeah... absolutely love the way Chernobyl was shot, lit, and graded. There's something about the way the framing is in this show, especially during exterior shots of the plant (especially the aerial shots as I mentioned earlier) that make this series look far more horrifying than any horror film I've watched. It probably helps that this REALLY happened--but quite simply doing an adaptation of something non-fictional, doesn't automatically mean it'll convey what truly went on, and how it all looked and felt.

This series, thanks to its DOP, does an excellent job of making you feel like you're there.

I mean, that liquidator sequence on top of the roof... I was about to have an anxiety attack.
Total and utter opposite here. I love anamorphic precisely because of the shallow depth of field and how it can isolate the foreground subject. It renders such an organic look to faces too rather than the clinical sharpness of sperical. Love dat bokeh also, it's so unique. Not all lenses are the same of course, those Zeiss Master Anamorphics used on the last two Wicks are some of the cleanest, sharpest anas out there.

I get that a photographer wants to keep a still frame in deadly sharp focus from edge to edge, because we can examine photos at our leisure. But movies are different (duh!) because they're moving pictures, we can only take in so much at any given time, and even if it's all shot super sharp and clean the temporal information goes to shit any time something moves anyway, given 24fps shot with a 180-degree shutter. That's why I don't get bent out of shape when they do loads of lavish production design and then throw it all out of focus anyway, because if the most interesting thing about the movie is the background behind the actors then they're doing it wrong IMO. Chernobyl wouldn't be worth a damn if it looked oh so pretty but had characters we didn't give a shit about.
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Chernobyl wouldn't be worth a damn if it looked oh so pretty but had characters we didn't give a shit about.
I think we could say that for any production. But the acting and story absolutely drive the success of Chernobyl's storytelling.

However, there's a good deal of camerawork and photographic direction, that tells a story through the visuals itself. Some of those slow-mo shots on vehicles or debris being cleaned, with the ambient noise in the background, is incredibly surreal and haunting.

I think Chernobyl looks pretty, but pretty in its own distinct way.
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I don't buy many BDs anymore but I will be picking this up. Of all the media I consumed this year (books, games, films, shows...) this was my favorite experience of the year. Getting a UHD would have bee nice but I've no doubt that the BD is vastly superior to HBO's terrible streaming quality.
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