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Last Edited by Strangermusic April 13, 2021 at 02:36 PM
Ghostbusters 4K UHD review & screenshots: https://www.doblu.com/2019/05/24/...hd-review/
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I'd look at the reviews for the 4k version on Amazon before purchasing this. There are many complaints regarding image quality.

I tried to watch this movie streaming in 4k on Amazon a while back, and some of it was unwatchable due to film grain. In some places where an object or scene was shiny or bright, the grain would just glow like it was on fire. True, this streaming version could have been derived perhaps from a different 4k implementation; however, it was enough to guide me away from a purchase of the 4k disc version.
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I'd look at the reviews for the 4k version on Amazon before purchasing this. There are many complaints regarding image quality.

I tried to watch this movie streaming in 4k on Amazon a while back, and some of it was unwatchable due to film grain. In some places where an object or scene was shiny or bright, the grain would just glow like it was on fire. True, this streaming version could have been derived perhaps from a different 4k implementation; however, it was enough to guide me away from a purchase of the 4k disc version.
Unfortunately it still feels like "early days" of 4k content and studios are just throwing crap together thinking people will ignorantly just buy it. Same thing happened with DVD and Blu-ray. Back when DVD first came out, you could totally tell some discs were just transferred straight from video tape, it was laughable.
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The Atmos sound is pretty good on this disc.
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I'd look at the reviews for the 4k version on Amazon before purchasing this. There are many complaints regarding image quality.

I tried to watch this movie streaming in 4k on Amazon a while back, and some of it was unwatchable due to film grain. In some places where an object or scene was shiny or bright, the grain would just glow like it was on fire. True, this streaming version could have been derived perhaps from a different 4k implementation; however, it was enough to guide me away from a purchase of the 4k disc version.
The HDR is is a bit dated because it's an older transfer, but it's still comparable to other transfers from 5+ years ago. On YouTube I have noticed a lot of the people who give this transfer a hard time, also praise Blade Runner. I think this is because the blu-ray transfer of Blade Runner was never very good to begin with and so the 4k transfer upgrade looks amazing by comparison. Whereas Ghostbusters already had a 4k transfer of the standard blu-ray.

Either way, this is the best version of the movie.
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I'm leaving this here:

https://youtu.be/43CTgfwoa3Y
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Anyone know if it includes a digital copy?
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Anyone know if it includes a digital copy?
no it does not... the copy with the digital version is $23.67 and not on sale. A total deal breaker for me.
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I'd look at the reviews for the 4k version on Amazon before purchasing this. There are many complaints regarding image quality.

I tried to watch this movie streaming in 4k on Amazon a while back, and some of it was unwatchable due to film grain. In some places where an object or scene was shiny or bright, the grain would just glow like it was on fire. True, this streaming version could have been derived perhaps from a different 4k implementation; however, it was enough to guide me away from a purchase of the 4k disc version.
Of course grain shows up on film lol
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no it does not... the copy with the digital version is $23.67 and not on sale. A total deal breaker for me.
I'm just not sure some people on best buy say it includes digital and when I bought the movie "Sully" digital was included even though it wasn't stated on the cover.
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Of course grain shows up on film lol
Watch the 4K. It's noticeably and distractingly grainy compared to other movies from that period shot on 35mm anamorphic. I think there's something off with the transfer. The blu-ray actually looks better than the 4K. This isn't a case of some rubes not knowing what they are looking at.
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I've seen this 4K at a friends house and I agree, it's got a ton of film grain. We watched it on a 65 inch, so if you have a smaller set, or sit far back, it may be okay.

You want to see a film done right in 4K HDR? Look at Spartacus.
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Of course grain shows up on film lol
Films have film grain? Wow! Who knew?

Try looking at such 4k transfers as, say, Wizard of Oz or Jaws. Those transfers were pretty damn good, and they're actual 4k transfers as opposed to many more modern films that are basically scaled up from 2k due to resolution limitations of the added CG elements. And, guess what, those films have film grain too--and it is still noticeable in those films--but their grain doesn't glow in the dark.

The companies that performed the 4k transfer on those did a decent job when it came to film grain processing. The one that did the 4k transfer on 1984's Ghostbusters did not.

Or, try looking at the 4k transfer of Terminator 2, and you'll see one that was practically ruined by the over-processing of film grain. That film has a dull, almost plastic look to it as a result.
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