Quick Explanation of ‘Real’ vs ‘Fake’ 4K

Excited about your new 4K TV and new UHD movie purchase?  You should be! 

4K/UHD offers an amazing picture and sound that provides the best viewing experience available today.  You might have noticed some movies look better than others on your big screen. It turns out some movies have just been ‘upscaled’ to 4K and have cheated the quality a bit.  Some movies while filmed/shot in 4K (or even 6K!) had all of the post processing done at the same level of the old Blu-ray standard (2K/1080p).  Studios rescanned these movies at 4K and are trying to pass them off as true 4K when in reality many special effects shots and sometimes the entire movie only has the quality of 2K/1080p.

Age has nothing to do with potential quality.  Classics shot on film such as Lawrence of ArabiaGhostbusters, and Independence Day can have the original negative scanned at up to 6K resolution!  Sometimes, studios for a variety of reasons master their movies in 2K (budget, time, or just poor planning for the future).  Unfortunately, even a few blockbuster movies released today still have their special effects and final mastering completed at a lower quality. A few notable examples are Oblivion and Mad Max Fury Road.

Don’t think it is all doom and gloom!  Those 4K TVs and UHD discs you are buying look and sound stunning giving you a better experience than standard Blu-ray.  Even if the UHD is ‘Fake 4K’ studios are going back and cleaning up the source print and fixing color degradation. Plus, features like; HDR which makes highlights, shadows and colors appear more life-like, added immersive surround sound such as Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. Also, future options to have a High Frame Rate and 3D can really make you feel like you are part of the action!  Prices are falling everyday, pick up a couple titles and show them off to your friends!

Quick Guides to Enjoy 4K

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4K Category Ratings

Below is the description you’ll see next to each movie or TV show listed throughout the site. Not everything is set in stone as some studios have taken extra care in restoration or mastering.  If there are any meaningful updates there will be added information below the description. The categories below are NOT an indication of the actual picture quality of the movie/tv show. They are a quick guide to the SOURCE of the disc/stream.

It is not real 4K in any material way due to having a final master at 2K.  Studios have upscaled the 2K image to 4K and retouched the content for your 4K UHD TV.  You should see some visual improvement over a standard 1080p Blu-ray.  (‘Fake’ doesn’t necessarily mean a bad image, some incredible looking movies are ‘fake’ i.e. The Lego Movie,  TMNT: Out of the Shadows,  and  Star Trek Into Darkness)

portfolio-300px-nearly-4k-category1 Although it does have a 4K master, the media was shot in less than 4K using a high quality camera. Even films shot with a 2.8K camera have more than twice the pixels as an ordinary  1080p Blu-ray.  These titles should see a noticeable improvement over a standard Blu-ray.

 This is the real deal. Everything was digitally shot in 4K or the original 35/70mm film negative was scanned in 4K and all the mastering/editing was done in 4K.  Typically, if the film has VFX it was rendered in 2K.  Depending on the caliber of CG, the final picture quality might be imperceptible to Real 4K.

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Fishtanks, Fireplaces, Exotic Tours, and Documentaries

They are not going to be listed on this site. The focus on this site will be ‘Hollywood’ and studio movie and TV releases. If you are interested in them; clicking on the movies below will take you to their Amazon purchase page.

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