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  2. Civilization VI

    Has anyone tried this on a compatible Mac? I'm tempted. Reviews are bad for those who don't have powerful-enough machines, of course, so was wondering if anyone here has given it a shot.
  3. Yesterday
  4. A thread about Lego

    Oh my. That'd be twice the price of the Saturn V, surely? ...yes I'd buy it.
  5. A thread about Lego

  6. Sgt Pepper in mono is best Sgt Pepper.
  7. UHD (4k) Blu-ray Discussion Thread

    Interestingly, while both ended up being HDR10 presentations in the end, a handful with both versions have said the international Sony disc nevertheless exhibits more shadow detail than the Warner disc. The Warner and Sony editions definitely seem to be different masters and encodes as others have said the Sony version also retains more of the camera sensor noise and doesn’t exhibit minor banding as the Warner encode supposedly does, while the Warner disc instead crushes blacks to give the look a bit of a contrast boost (which actually conflicts with Deakins’ preference as in interviews he has spoke of not wanting inky blacks). The Warner disc has a 10,000nit container vs 4000 on the Sony, however the film apparently only hits peaks of around 181nits on the Warner disc (which sounds about right for Deakins and his self confessed conservative approach to HDR. Sicario’s UHD is similar, and 181 is only a smidge more than theatrical HDR can display effectively making both faithful to the theatrical grade), so not even OLEDs have to tone map the HDR with this one and can display it natively (so really any benefit of DV on this would likely have been presentation of a 12bit downconversion). The Dolby Vision master would be a seperate grade to the HDR10 master which might explain why you’re seeing more shadow detail in the stream as it sounds like the black levels are more like those on the Sony disc and Warner opted to adjust the black levels on their UHD for some reason.
  8. I bought none of them last year. My Pepper is a 1st pressing mono because a: I’m a hipster twat, but mostly b: I stole my Dad’s my Dark Side is similarly ancient.
  9. UHD Deals Thread 2018

    Fry’s has Alien Covenant for $10.
  10. I purchased 4 of those in that list. Life Is Strange: Before The Storm Vinyl Edition
  11. UHD (4k) Blu-ray Discussion Thread

    So I tried both the digital version (iTunes via Apple TV 4K) and the UHD (via Oppo UDP-203) and with the Dolby Vision, I prefer the digital copy. The UHD is great, mind you, but I'm surprised by my preference for digital this time around! It's likely the Dolby Vision alone, but it really helps those dark scenes, of which there are many in this movie. Mind you, too, this was on a 2017 LG OLED. If I could take the sound from the UHD and the video from the Digital, I'd be a happy man. For 3 hours at least.
  12. UHD (4k) Blu-ray Discussion Thread

    I’d recommend it. It’s a dense film who’s underlying themes tend to get lost in the razzle dazzle of its extraordinary visuals for first time viewers. There’s plenty of layers to peel back and sift through. It’s unfortunate that the Deckard/Rachel relationship doesn’t really work. In fact, the sequel does more for it in one scene than the entirety of the first movie.:)
  13. Yes. Specifically, the left Joy Con had connectivity issues if you had anything blocking the path between it and the Switch. I do believe this has been corrected though. There were no issues with the right Joy Con or the Pro Controller. I only use the Joy Cons when I use the system in handheld mode, and if the Joy Cons are attached directly to the Switch, you shouldn’t have any problems. The problem is I don’t think there is a good way to tell which Joy Cons are good and which are bad.
  14. UHD Deals Thread 2018

    Currently on sale at Target: John Wick 2 - $13 Hacksaw Ridge - $10 Fantastic Beasts - $10
  15. UHD (4k) Blu-ray Discussion Thread

    After listening to a podcast where the original was talked about immediately followed by a review of the sequel, I feel I need to rewatch the original.
  16. Films - Watched and thoughts 2018

    The Big Sick - A part of me wanted to watch this in theaters while another part wants to reserve movie theaters for event films and spectacles. Either way, I finally got around to watching this. This didn't click for me until Emily got sick. And then it just kept getting better and better. I liked it, but I'm honestly not as enamored with it as others are. When I think stand-up comedian, Kumail is not who I picture. The Open House - This movie was a decent horror flick right up until the very end (this seems to be the case for a lot of horror movies I've seen recently). It just nose dives into nonsense and has that nice subtle sprinkle of genre savvy and self-awareness that started with Scream and Joss Whedon that I'm getting sick of. The Shape of Water - I had to give this some thought, but I can't fight my feels on this one: I'm giving the crown of best Del Toro movie to this one. I go back and forth between Pacific Rim and Pan's Labyrinth, but I feel like this one tops the other two. It's a weird blender mix of The Little Mermaid, Creature From The Black Lagoon, and Del Toro's imagination. And it just works. If there was any flaw to it, it's that a part of me fanboys and wishes this were a mini series.
  17. A thread about Lego

    Gah... I have LEGO fever. There's so many sets I want. I came back from the LEGO store yesterday with the Diner. I almost got the Technic Rally Car 42077 after seeing it in person and realizing how huge it was. I'm also tempted by the Ferrari F40 10248 that Amazon just brought back for some reason. I also tracked a Batman Tumbler in craigslist for a reasonable price. I really want this one to happen, it would go well next to the Saturn V: https://ideas.lego.com/projects/50a447cc-0acb-4fff-b3c9-41739fed157c
  18. UHD (4k) Blu-ray Discussion Thread

    The 2049 disc is glorious. I enjoy the original but narratively I like the new movie more.
  19. A thread about Lego

    I saw six Saturn V’s at the Lego Store today. Glad they’ve finally got them on shelves reliably. Still waiting on our name to come up for the Falcon, I’m told maybe April.
  20. UHD (4k) Blu-ray Discussion Thread

    Same here. I even watched all the trailers, fully expecting the worst. And I haven’t watched a trailer for a movie I’ve wanted to see since Doctor Strange. To keep this from derailing any further, I recently watched Blade Runner and 2049 in 4K. Didn’t care for the original (blasphemy, I know) but it sure looked great for a 35 year old movie. But 2049 looked glorious in 4K HDR. Damn good movie too. And the surround and bass? *drool*
  21. UHD (4k) Blu-ray Discussion Thread

    Please never mention GL again.
  22. UHD (4k) Blu-ray Discussion Thread

    Joss Whedon’s touch is everywhere in JL though. Keep in mind that he was tasked with finishing the movie after Snyder bowed out due to family issues. The refocus on Wonder Woman and the lighter more effective tone is definitely Whedon. Again, there are no doubt script issues and some of the heroes in question are forgettable but it comes together a lot better than you’d think. I had every expectation that it would be garbage after BvS. It’s not Winter Soldier or Civil War but it’s not Green Lantern either.;)
  23. Slight revisionist history regarding Mkhitaryan he was boss beginning of the season and really driving United forward with Pogba. The Liverpool game really broke Mourinho going so defensive that and Pogba's injury started Mkhitaryan falling out of favour.
  24. Last week
  25. A thread about Lego

    Mine won’t be here until Monday. Don’t know why it’s taking them so long.
  26. A thread about Lego

    Well I got the Saturn V. We just finished assembling it. It’s majestic.
  27. I think it's a great deal, Miki has been horrible for us (except for a stretch in EL), and just getting him off the books is good enough, but getting Sanchez as well is amazing. Gotta hand it to Raiola, apparently he proposed that swap to Arsenal, and (allegedly) he got them to increase his wages as well... Who said swap deals don't happen anymore?
  28. UHD (4k) Blu-ray Discussion Thread

    The sad part is that with the movie 300, I'm thinking, "Wow!!! Zack Snyder was born to make this movie.!" And with everything he's touched, the thought is now "Wow, Zack Snyder was born to only make 300." I'm leaving this one alone. I've already lined up the Nolan films and David Lean movies for UHD.
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