Tuesday, 7 May 2013

If you were unfortunate to buy the 2009 blu-ray version of Ghostbusters, you probably realised after just a few seconds that the transfer Sony released was, shall we say, seriously lacking.  Now there is some good news on the horizon but are Sony up to their old tricks?  Why?  Because they are releasing the 1984 masterpiece under the "Mastered in 4K" banner.

Not sure what 4K is?   4K, also known as Ultra High Definition or UHD, is the next leap forward in eye-scorching detail for movies and TV. A 4K TV displays 3,840 pixels × 2,160 pixels, or four times as much as today's 1080p high-definition tellies.  Problem is the TVs cost thousands of pounds and the discs are not cheap either.

The reason why I ask if Sony are up to their old tricks is the fact that this release isn't really a 4K version.  Its a 1080p version.  So for most of us, we will be extremely happy that we are finally getting the high def version we've craved since blu-ray was announced.  But for those lucky few who have a 4K setup then they're going to feel like we did when we first put in the original blu-ray release into our players and realised we've been diddled.
There may be some difference but considering a true 4K release would need 200gb space its unlikely that the blu-ray disc with its 25gb will show any significant difference.

Oh!  By the way if you're wondering about extras?  There are none.  All the space on the disc is taken up with the 1080p transfer.

Here's what Amazon has to say.
The Blu-ray “Mastered in 4K” collection will set a new standard for Blu-ray HD picture and sound, creating the ultimate 1080p home entertainment experience. Created from the highest quality 4K source materials with new expanded color*, consumers can enjoy a brilliant picture with exquisite detail using their existing Blu-ray player or PlayStation®3. The Blu-ray “Mastered in 4K” collection is optimized so that 4K Ultra HD TV owners can take full advantage of the new 4K upscaling technology, delivering an outstanding near-4K experience. “Mastered in 4K” Blu-rays also work with all 1080p HDTVs for spectacular high definition picture and sound.
*Expanded color requires xvYCC-compatible TV and Blu-ray player
Link to Amazon below.



1 comment:

  1. But how are most customers going to play it? Most of us don't own 4K HDTV's or Ultria HDTV's


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