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Should I replace my blu ray collection with 4K?

I asked this before but it was on my old account & that account got deleted. Is it really worth it? I replaced all my vhs tapes with DVDs & most of my DVDs with blu rays. I don't want to go through this again. I'm personally satisfied with my blu rays so I don't feel the need to replace them.

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No. Be brutally honest, how many movies do you watch more than once? If it's more than half a dozen, I'd be surprised.
Unless you have a TV set the size of an aircraft hangar you probably won't see much difference.
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I watch Disney movies quite frequently.

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I posted about this on another thread, but it's kinda relevant so I'll post it again here...

A few months back, I bought a 65" TV, upgrading from a 55". On the smaller set, DVDs looked okish, yet on the bigger set, look like crap. I have around 700 or so DVDs (collected over 10 years) and around 200 or so Blu-Rays (more now). The Blu-Rays look stellar on the big screen and I'm very happy. I see no need in replacing them with 4K. I am, however, replacing my DVDs. A lot of them were blind buys from years back - I hardly ever watch them. I made a list of my favourite movies that I intend to replace with Blu-Ray. The rest I'm gonna give to family or sell.

The jump from Blu-Ray to 4K isn't the big IMO.

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hey cryofry

I would love to see you play a vhs on that thing and tell me what you think!

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I stopped collecting VHS like 15 years ago so I can't test that out. I'm sure it would look like utter crap, though!

It looks a bit sweaty in there so you may need to apply baby powder Zapp Brannigan

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Even on a 27" CRT from the early 90's using S-Video, bluray looked much better to me than DVD. I got my first BR player (a PS3) a year before I got an HDTV, and even in that year the difference was so noticeable that I stopped buying DVD's then (other than when the DVD comes with the BR, or BR wasn't available).

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You all seem to be missing the news. You're not likely to get DCI 4K movies unless you're wealthy enough to have a certified home theater. What is available are Blu-ray discs with UHD resolution movies. Don't know the difference? Look here:

http://www.extremetech.com/extreme/174221-no-tv-makers-4k-and-uhd-are-not-the-same-thing

The Blu-ray brand is not going to be replaced by another optical disc type or brand. But new UHD discs will not play on existing Blu-ray players.

If you're in the market for a big new UHD TV with HDR and all the other bells and whistles, and a new UHD-capable Blu-ray player, you might as well get a UHD disc or two to see for yourself if it was worth it. The UHD versions are actually cheaper on Amazon.com, so that's another reason to go with UHD Blu-ray for new purchases. And if you have a movie on DVD that you've really wanted to have in HD, and plan on going UHD real soon, hold off and get the UHD version after you buy the new hardware.

Needless to say the difference between Video DVD using NTSC or PAL and either HD or UHD is going to be a big one. The difference between HD and UHD is going to be more subtle.

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Speed: So you're saying DCI 4K is the same uncompressed or lightly compressed file format used to present movies in 4K in commercial digital cinemas?

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DCI 4K is a digital format used for making movies. It's a widescreen format, with 4096 horizontal pixels, vs. 3840 for UHD. (Vertical pixels vary with aspect ratio.) And yes, the only way to see native DCI 4K is in a certified theater. A so-called "4K" Blu-ray will be downscaled to UHD, so it can be shown on regular TV sets, and to ensure that it's less good than the cinema version.

The compression for DCI movies depends on the equipment and software used to shoot and edit (respectively) any given movie. Compression is not used or minimal for production. IIRC it's distributed to theaters as a series of JPEG2000 images. That's a compressed still format using lossy compression. Just how much I don't know, but it's not like any video file you're likely to see on the Internet!

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Just like the transition from DVD to blu-ray, I'd just cherry-pick certain titles, in advance of buying a 4K UHD TV and UHD disc player, to already have a modest collection built up. Certain titles, mind you. Like The Martian and Mad Max-Fury Road, which looked terrific in a cinema theater but fell short in terms of color depth and dynamic range at home in their blu-ray counterparts. How much of this shortcoming is the source and how much is the TV is debatable.

I agree, screen size makes a difference. I'd recommend a 65" or larger 4K UHD TV to see the difference in resolution, although you'll probably see the difference in color depth and dynamic range on a smaller 4K UHD TV. Probably. I'd be interested to test this. Thankfully, the 4K UHD disc releases also contain a blu-ray disc for full compatibility with today's setups.

I was initially disappointed that Disney didn't offer a 4K UHD disc release of Star Wars-The Force Awakens (I really loved the IMAX experience of TFA and wanted to recreate it at home), but then I watched the blu-ray and it already looks fantastic! I see pretty much every nuance of detail and color richness I saw on IMAX film!

Like everything else, it's all a question of money and time. If you can't stand to wait a few years, be an early adopter of all this 4K technology and spend more of your hard-earned money. If you can stand to wait a few years, wait a few years for all this 4K technology to become mass-market affordable, just like it took a few years for blu-ray to become mass-market affordable, then spend less of your hard-earned money.

Update: After what I've been reading from Speed Demon, it seems a 4K UHD disc spec hasn't even been finalized yet, so I'd hold up, wait, on buying any 4K UHD disc movies, lest you possibly get financially burned buying a format that might soon be obsolete, like HD-DVD, which lost to blu-ray in an HD-DVD/blu-ray "format war".

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Just to clarify, they have a spec, but right now it lacks some key extensions to the spec that might be more important than just more resolution. Up until recently, video has lagged behind film when it comes to dynamic range and color gamut. It looks like video is catching up though. And you know that the studios won't pass up an opportunity to offer a better version so you buy the same movie twice.

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Thanks, Speed. Would these "key extensions" be copyguards or image specs that actually positively affect picture quality?

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I was thinking of quality enhancing extensions like HDR and WCG. But you can bet that the MPAA will make sure that more crippling DRM gets put in as well.
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