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Easily the best copy you can get of this anime classic, new features and the whole new transfer is fantastic. Also, this has some of the coolest looking cover arts I seen, the colours really pop. Looks good in my collection.
Just watched the Blue Ray version as I don’t have an UHD player. English audio. Sounded and looked fantastic. Great movie. Digital copy did not work. It's ‘not available in my region’. Hence reason for 4 stars.
It's an average release. I expected more from a 4K scan, thought it would be sharper, more detailed - it is, on some scenes, very good looking, but mostly I bet you'd have difficulty distinguishing it from a regular BD in a blind test. It's Dolby Vision, and the colors are indeed nice at times, but overall it's not so impressive (eg compared to recent Akira UHD release) visually. Also - the UHD disc is region free (as all UHD discs are - it's just how this format is defined), but the regular Blu-ray is region A restricted, despite the back of the (rather cheap) box saying ABC (although who cares - no one buys this to watch regular Blu-ray anyway). Then there's this bizarre decision to change the end titles music... not a deal breaker, but seriously - why?! I'm glad to have this classic anime in 4K HDR quality overall, only I'd personally rather see some more remastering work applied to the video.
PS: I've seen some reports of video flickering during playback - none has been spotted while watching on my Panasonic UHD player and Philips tv, both supporting Dolby Vision.
Played this on our 4K tv through the XBOX ONE S and the picture quality was great can't complain there. However the standard Blu-Ray disc wouldn't work on anything I tried it in (PC, XBOX PS4) due to region encoding (didn't realise that was still a thing for Blu-Ray, been buying them for 6 years and never had any issues with imports). The back of the case has the A B C region-free marker but I guess that only applies to the 4K disc and not the regular Blu-Ray.
Don't get me wrong, if you don't own already this movie or if you are an anime collector/fan like me, i really think you should buy it. But the truth is that it's not a very good 4k transfer, for an animation movie. If you expect to see something in the quality and 4k sharpness like lets say Spiderverse, you will be deeply dissapointed. Image is good only in certain scenes ?!? don't know why. Audio is slightly better and it will mostly depend i believe, from your home theater set up. Overall, if you already own the bluray it's only a meh upgrade. Myself only bought it for collectors reasons and to display the artwork. 20 euros i will tell you is bit expensive just for display.
This comes in a very cheap, very thin case that's so flexible that you don't even need to break the seal to get the disks out. So check your item before you keep it. There should be a slip inside for an American friend or family member to redeem a digital copy of the film but you will be out of luck.
Popped it in and boom disk corrupted error. will try another player.