Close Encounters of the Third Kind Director's Cut
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Celebrate the 40th anniversary of Steven Spielberg’s sci-fi blockbuster, now fully restored in 4K. Richard Dreyfuss stars as cable worker Roy Neary, who experiences a close encounter of the first kind - witnessing UFOs soaring across the sky. Meanwhile, government agents have close encounters of the second kind - discovering physical evidence of extraterrestrial visitors in the form of a lost fighter aircraft from World War II and a stranded military ship that disappeared decades earlier only to suddenly reappear in an unusual place. Roy and the agents follow the clues that have drawn them to reach a site where they will have a close encounter of the third kind - contact.
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Look at E.T. and Bladerunner for MUCH better examples of how to transfer and HDR grade. Although E.T. suffers from some more subtle versions of the over-grade terror C.E. has, admittedly.
They screwed the pooch on this one big time. I actually want a refund. The 1080p Blu-ray looks much better. It may lack all the POP but at least the gorgeous visuals are not ruined in to, what can be best described as, an 8-Bit sh-- plastered across the screen.
P.S. Yes my system is calibrated and yes all other UHD HDR movies look fantastic.
Now, onto my review! Firstly, I am watching on a Phillips 43" 4K UHD/w HDR TV, so am able to take full advantage of the high dynamic range capabilities built into this Anniversary Edition. Now, about the grain: it's there, yes, but in my opinion, it ADDS to the quality, and also reminds me of the age of the film, making me think 'wow, this is from 40 YEARS AGO, and looks like it could have just hit theaters TODAY'! Someone had said it 'distracts' them, but not me, I appreciate what the grain does for the film quality. Secondly, I watched about 15 minutes of the Special Edition, and was ASTOUNDED at what was done to this movie, to make it GREAT once more! Crystal clear (taking into account the grain, of course) picture, clear enough that I noticed something I hadn't before, and by watching it further, I have no doubt I will see other things I hadn't seen in previous versions of lesser quality. If the rest of this, as well as the other versions, is of the same quality I have seen in the first 15-20 minutes of watching, then this rating shall remain at 5 stars! OUTSTANDING JOB, Sony (and Steven Spielberg, as well as others who may have had a hand in bringing this Edition to us)!
On a person note, I really wish I had known about the gift set before I had seen this, and jumped on it; the gift set includes this very Edition, as well as the other stuff that I would've liked to have. I may just order it (the gift set) anyway, and just keep it all wrapped up, as a collectors piece. Anyway, that's my review, and I definitely, HIGHLY recommend it!
I'm a bit irritated with the Ultraviolet (UV) portion. Most UV movies will take your code, add the movie to your UV account, and then show up in VUDU. This one, however, is Ultraviolet, but only shows up in the Sony Pictures Studio website. Apparently this version of the movie hasn't made the VUDU store so it doesn't show up in VUDU. It also doesn't show up in FandangoNow, which the newly released E.T. made me link to, but E.T. at least showed up in VUDU. So trying to get the one stop shop for digital movies is starting to suck again. It's as bad as 6 years or so ago when you had "Digital Copy" that would let you put it into itunes or Windows Media Player; although itunes let you put it in icloud if you had itunes match (or maybe it just did it regardless, i just always had itunes match so i don't know). I'm hoping it is just a timing thing and will show up in the future. Now i'm worried about Spiderman Homecoming showing up only in the Sony site.
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You don't actually get this special 4K edition in the digital format.
Just a digital version of the 1977 original.