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Simon R.

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  1. And I say you are wrong on both accounts. It's real and it's Williams. I hope you have some good sauce for that hat.
  2. That works much better. So it isn't about her timbre/playing style in general. It just sounds wrong, feeble and indelicate on "Across the stars". This recording sounds much better, as does Mutter's performance. So I take it back, depending on the material, I could probably like her
  3. Sounds pretty dreadful, that "Across the Stars" violin performance. I guess I just discovered I don't like Mutter's timbre/playing style.
  4. You don't get hospitalized immediately for a "routine illness". And you don't cancel events almost two weeks out. I don't buy it. I hope Williams will be OK but I wouldn't be surprised if he isn't.
  5. Actually no, I don't - it was more a general comment to the notion that the director has "final say" - that is rarely the case. The producers are highest in the hierarchy.
  6. I am sure the producers/Disney execs had much more of a final say than RJ had. Usually the money (wo)men want a lot of influence.
  7. I realize it is not RGB natively, but as far as I've been able to figure out, a Blu-Ray's video track(s) are always sourced to be in the limited 16-235 range.....? But for arguments sake, let's say it is actually sourced in full RGB range (0-255), that still is way behind what UHD Blu-Ray and new 10-bit displays can show, and will still cause banding, which is evident on all Blu-Ray's trying to show smooth colour gradients.
  8. It's not so much the resolution as the color depth limits and compression limitations of the Blu-Ray format. Also Blu-Ray only uses limited RGB/levels of 16-235 - a leftover from analogue PAL/NTSC technology. Which means there is actually only just over 200 grey levels, and actually the 8-bit color space is not even utilizing the full 8-bit scale, because of this "limited RGB" resolution inherent in the Blu-Ray format. With 4K you get 10-bit which gives you 1024 grey levels and obviously so much more colour information. And the UHD format can actually contain 12-bit video. Not sure if anything is released in 12-bit yet though - I don't think any tv's are more than 10-bit panels anyway. But it makes even finer colour definition possible. Colour reproduction is now close to the actual digital master you see at cinemas, and with newer (OLED) displays that get better and better at showing the full colour space and full contrast of the source, you can now get close to the same display quality (and in some instances much better, depending on the quality of your cinema projector) compared to digital cinema. The 4K resolution is just an extra bonus that makes most sense the bigger tv you have of course.
  9. I never said Blu-Ray looks like shit, did I? But compared to UHD Blu-Ray, it just has some big technical limitations that shows the formats age now that we have OLED 4K displays and such, that can finally show movies close to the original source material.
  10. Not true. Blu-Ray is 8-bit, UHD is 10-bit. Makes a world of difference. And the codec is also much worse on Blu-Ray. No matter what you do, you will never be able to avoid banding on Blu-Ray.
  11. I agree. I wonder how you can listen to Williams music and be a fan of it, yet be so clueless about his style to the point that you believe that a generic trailer track like this could be Williams. On the other hand, those people could find endless hours of listening joy by Youtube'ing random "epic" and "epic trailer" music. So I suggest they do that and add to their listening collection...:)
  12. Anyone who even faintly believes this music is Williams should be ashamed of him/herself.
  13. No, a Blu-ray will never be able to replicate fine colour changes because of the 8-bit limitation. It is very obvious in many films. Also fade-ins and outs can be very troublesome. Same for dark scenes. It has nothing to do with resolution or upscaling. Many films look good, sure, but the format is showing its problems now on 10-bit OLED panels etc. Not that 4K is 100% perfect, and obviously some UHD movies are mastered better than others, just like on Blu-ray.
  14. Lovely. Blu-ray is beginning to show its limitations. 4K with 10-bit colour, HDR, much higher bitrate etc. looks very superior to Blu-ray. So much banding and compression artifacts going on on Blu-ray. Hadn't expected this so soon. I hope Empire of the Sun, Indy and other Spielberg films will get the 4K treatment soon.
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