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3 4K blu rays for £30 (includes more titles like Scarface, Zombieland, Secret Life of Pets 2 etc) @Zoom
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3 4K blu rays for £30 (includes more titles like Scarface, Zombieland, Secret Life of Pets 2 etc) @Zoom

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Posted 20th Dec 2019Edited by:"Biddy2"

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Usual offer from Zoom but this time with a wider selection. Scarface and Zombieland are two examples that are both £20 each elsewhere currently. Worth a look through as could be some decent savings to be had.
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drwal4421/12/2019 18:18

According to 4kmedia Pacific Rim is a fake 4k...interesting


It is mastered in 2K because of the CGI. Any films with heavy CGI usage will do so too because it costs too much money to finish them at higher resolutions.

Honestly, people worry too much about the “fake 4K” stuff. The real or fake website that started it has caused people to believe they are being ripped off by the film industry when in reality, they are still getting better products with 2K masters. We should all be judging films on a film by film basis (As we always used to with 1080p films) rather than just assuming that if a film is shot or mastered in a resolution below 4K, that it must mean it’s the same as our 1080p films upscaled on a blu ray player. Truth is, they really aren’t as the tech involved is completely different.

I recently imported Finding Dory from Australia on UHD. It wipes the floor with the standard bluray too. Again, they’re made in 2K due to costs.
Edited by: "Biddy2" 21st Dec 2019
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scarface is def worth buying for any collection!
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Love it when they do this. Hot!
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Wish the Marvel ones were in this deal
I really wouldn't buy uhd blu rays unless they were originally shot 1440p(the marvel movies are all shot at this then upscaled to 4k) or atleast 4k.
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outwar601021/12/2019 16:28

I really wouldn't buy uhd blu rays unless they were originally shot …I really wouldn't buy uhd blu rays unless they were originally shot 1440p(the marvel movies are all shot at this then upscaled to 4k) or atleast 4k.


You’re missing out if you make that your criteria. Also, the Marvel films are finished at 2K (which is defined as 2048×1080 by DCI). None of them are 1440p.

Films are not videogames. Bitrates do matter, which UHD allows increases in, even in films shot at 2K. Pacific Rim (as I’ve said many times ) is one of the best UHD films you can buy but is only finished at 2K. HDR helps with that too.
Biddy221/12/2019 17:56

You’re missing out if you make that your criteria. Also, the Marvel films a …You’re missing out if you make that your criteria. Also, the Marvel films are finished at 2K (which is defined as 2048×1080 by DCI). None of them are 1440p. Films are not videogames. Bitrates do matter, which UHD allows increases in, even in films shot at 2K. Pacific Rim (as I’ve said many times ) is one of the best UHD films you can buy but is only finished at 2K. HDR helps with that too.


According to 4kmedia Pacific Rim is a fake 4k...
interesting
drwal4421/12/2019 18:18

According to 4kmedia Pacific Rim is a fake 4k...interesting


It is mastered in 2K because of the CGI. Any films with heavy CGI usage will do so too because it costs too much money to finish them at higher resolutions.

Honestly, people worry too much about the “fake 4K” stuff. The real or fake website that started it has caused people to believe they are being ripped off by the film industry when in reality, they are still getting better products with 2K masters. We should all be judging films on a film by film basis (As we always used to with 1080p films) rather than just assuming that if a film is shot or mastered in a resolution below 4K, that it must mean it’s the same as our 1080p films upscaled on a blu ray player. Truth is, they really aren’t as the tech involved is completely different.

I recently imported Finding Dory from Australia on UHD. It wipes the floor with the standard bluray too. Again, they’re made in 2K due to costs.
Edited by: "Biddy2" 21st Dec 2019
Saw this earlier but couldn't find 3 I wanted.
Great deal casino and scarface alone are worth the 30 I added American gangster and got them 3 happy xmas to me
Very nice.
Any advice on a reasonably priced 4k UHD player to play these on?

Ta.
DeanVader21/12/2019 21:42

Any advice on a reasonably priced 4k UHD player to play these on?Ta.


What’s your price range? Makes it easier to recommend one once I know how much you’re looking to spend.
Biddy221/12/2019 21:49

What’s your price range? Makes it easier to recommend one once I know how m …What’s your price range? Makes it easier to recommend one once I know how much you’re looking to spend.


Cheers Biddy.

About £100 I'm looking at. Could stretch to £150 if it's worth it.
This is a really great deal. I'm gutted I can't take advantage because I only need one! I got Zombieland and Secret Life Of Pets 2 recently from hmv in their 2 for £30 deal although I paid nothing as I had credit from my purehmv days.
DeanVader21/12/2019 21:52

Cheers Biddy.About £100 I'm looking at. Could stretch to £150 if it's w …Cheers Biddy.About £100 I'm looking at. Could stretch to £150 if it's worth it.


Honestly? An Xbox One S isn't a bad way to go but only if you are a gamer. If not then zoom have some decent priced bundles for around £150 I think.
stingersplash21/12/2019 21:56

Honestly? An Xbox One S isn't a bad way to go but only if you are a gamer. …Honestly? An Xbox One S isn't a bad way to go but only if you are a gamer. If not then zoom have some decent priced bundles for around £150 I think.


Cheers mate. Just looked at the Zoom bundles for £159. I'm ok with that price. I can see my £100 budget was a bit optimistic.
DeanVader21/12/2019 21:52

Cheers Biddy.About £100 I'm looking at. Could stretch to £150 if it's w …Cheers Biddy.About £100 I'm looking at. Could stretch to £150 if it's worth it.


Ok. I have found 2 options which are good prices at the moment, as long as you have an eBay account (and haven’t exceeded the use of the code already). All brand new from a well known retailer.

Firstly, and the best one I recommend, is the UB450 ebay.co.uk/itm…5zg With the code POPSALE you can get this for £143.65. This is Panasonic's midrange player and includes HDR10+ and Dolby Vision making it future proof for any HDR format.

If you’d rather save a bit more money, you could get the UB150. ebay.co.uk/itm…2Kp That’s £126.65 with the same code. This falls just under the UB450, but you do lose Dolby Vision, so worth considering that if your TV does support it.
DeanVader21/12/2019 22:02

Cheers mate. Just looked at the Zoom bundles for £159. I'm ok with that …Cheers mate. Just looked at the Zoom bundles for £159. I'm ok with that price. I can see my £100 budget was a bit optimistic.


Or do this if you’d rather have the extra films.
stingersplash21/12/2019 21:55

This is a really great deal. I'm gutted I can't take advantage because I …This is a really great deal. I'm gutted I can't take advantage because I only need one! I got Zombieland and Secret Life Of Pets 2 recently from hmv in their 2 for £30 deal although I paid nothing as I had credit from my purehmv days.


I want Scarface but still haven’t decided what other two to get with it.
Biddy221/12/2019 22:11

Ok. I have found 2 options which are good prices at the moment, as long as …Ok. I have found 2 options which are good prices at the moment, as long as you have an eBay account (and haven’t exceeded the use of the code already). All brand new from a well known retailer. Firstly, and the best one I recommend, is the UB450 https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Panasonic-DPUB450EBK-Ultra-HD-Blu-Ray-with-HDR10/401941332120?hash=item5d95920098:m:mfjItqtf7idFyA1M7ql-5zg With the code POPSALE you can get this for £143.65. This is Panasonic's midrange player and includes HDR10+ and Dolby Vision making it future proof for any HDR format. If you’d rather save a bit more money, you could get the UB150. https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/Panasonic-DPUB150EBK-4K-Ultra-HD-Blu-ray-Player/401737806879?hash=item5d8970741f:g:wQwAAOSwAE1cm2Kp That’s £126.65 with the same code. This falls just under the UB450, but you do lose Dolby Vision, so worth considering that if your TV does support it.


I think the UB450 sounds like the one. Cheers for your help Biddy.
DeanVader21/12/2019 22:20

I think the UB450 sounds like the one. Cheers for your help Biddy.


No worries. Enjoy. It’s a good player and has reviewed well. Still currently the only sub-£200 player that covers all HDR formats I believe too.
I got scarface,shadow and salt,I already got casino and zombieland under another deal.You could always get one to sell if can't find three you want?
Biddy221/12/2019 22:13

I want Scarface but still haven’t decided what other two to get with it. X …I want Scarface but still haven’t decided what other two to get with it.


I'd have definitely gotten Scarface but I bought the Amazon exclusive collectors edition as it comes with Scarface 1932 on bluray. It's the only way to get it in UK right now plus the statue is cool
michael1894121/12/2019 23:02

I got scarface,shadow and salt,I already got casino and zombieland under …I got scarface,shadow and salt,I already got casino and zombieland under another deal.You could always get one to sell if can't find three you want?


That’s actually a good idea. Didn’t think of that.

stingersplash22/12/2019 02:21

I'd have definitely gotten Scarface but I bought the Amazon exclusive …I'd have definitely gotten Scarface but I bought the Amazon exclusive collectors edition as it comes with Scarface 1932 on bluray. It's the only way to get it in UK right now plus the statue is cool



Nooooo. Don’t tempt me. I’d already convinced myself I didn’t need the statue.
stingersplash21/12/2019 21:56

Honestly? An Xbox One S isn't a bad way to go but only if you are a gamer. …Honestly? An Xbox One S isn't a bad way to go but only if you are a gamer. If not then zoom have some decent priced bundles for around £150 I think.


I have an Xbox One X and it’s the worst example of a BluRay player I have ever owned. It’s awful and can’t recommend an Xbox at any price as a disk based media player.
noeasywayout22/12/2019 12:34

I have an Xbox One X and it’s the worst example of a BluRay player I have e …I have an Xbox One X and it’s the worst example of a BluRay player I have ever owned. It’s awful and can’t recommend an Xbox at any price as a disk based media player.


How so? Only issue I’ve had with mine is an irregular unable to play this disk message which is resolved by ejecting and inserting the disk again
noeasywayout22/12/2019 12:34

I have an Xbox One X and it’s the worst example of a BluRay player I have e …I have an Xbox One X and it’s the worst example of a BluRay player I have ever owned. It’s awful and can’t recommend an Xbox at any price as a disk based media player.


I haven't had any problems with the S but ok.
Cassius-201921/12/2019 19:51

Great deal casino and scarface alone are worth the 30 I added American …Great deal casino and scarface alone are worth the 30 I added American gangster and got them 3 happy xmas to me



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Great film!
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outwar601021/12/2019 16:28

I really wouldn't buy uhd blu rays unless they were originally shot …I really wouldn't buy uhd blu rays unless they were originally shot 1440p(the marvel movies are all shot at this then upscaled to 4k) or atleast 4k.


What about movies shot on celluloid?
These movies have to be downscaled because celluloid has a native resolution above 8k
All 4k movies shot on celluloid are downscales.
Would you buy them?
I've just slammed 30 quid! Good deal
this i a great deal if you got a propper HDR DOLBLY VISION TV.

from my experience with a Philips ambilight (£400) and samsung qled QE49Q70 (£900) it just not worth it and best sticking to SDR Blu Rays to avoid the dark dim washed out picture you get from fake HDR.

still tempted to order a few but cant see me upgrading to decent HDR tv for few more years maybe prices will be cheaper then?

voted hot anyway
Alf.Garnett23/12/2019 16:02

this i a great deal if you got a propper HDR DOLBLY VISION TV. from my …this i a great deal if you got a propper HDR DOLBLY VISION TV. from my experience with a Philips ambilight (£400) and samsung qled QE49Q70 (£900) it just not worth it and best sticking to SDR Blu Rays to avoid the dark dim washed out picture you get from fake HDR.still tempted to order a few but cant see me upgrading to decent HDR tv for few more years maybe prices will be cheaper then?voted hot anyway


If your colours are washed out, that is down to you needing to calibrate your tv or it doesn’t support Wide Colour Gamut. Your Samsung definitely supports it so you need to look at your settings. (I believe you have to enable it in the settings on Samsung TVs but it’s not called by it’s correct name) My current TV (Panasonic ex750) only goes up to 600 nits in brightness, but the HDR is night and day and definitely does not look dim and washed out. It cost less than your Samsung too.

Your Samsung has great reviews. Definitely check your settings because it shouldn’t be like that. HDR does make you picture settings darker in some cases if you’ve been using SDR TVs at high brightness settings. That is normal. People think HDR means it will make your TV really bright, but that’s not it’s function at all. Although the article is talking about hdr in the daytime, it’ll explain what I am referring to as well. hdtvtest.co.uk/new…htm
Edited by: "Biddy2" 23rd Dec 2019
Biddy223/12/2019 17:23

If your colours are washed out, that is down to you needing to calibrate …If your colours are washed out, that is down to you needing to calibrate your tv or it doesn’t support Wide Colour Gamut. Your Samsung definitely supports it so you need to look at your settings. (I believe you have to enable it in the settings on Samsung TVs but it’s not called by it’s correct name) My current TV (Panasonic ex750) only goes up to 600 nits in brightness, but the HDR is night and day and definitely does not look dim and washed out. It cost less than your Samsung too. Your Samsung has great reviews. Definitely check your settings because it shouldn’t be like that. HDR does make you picture settings darker in some cases if you’ve been using SDR TVs at high brightness settings. That is normal. People think HDR means it will make your TV really bright, but that’s not it’s function at all. Although the article is talking about hdr in the daytime, it’ll explain what I am referring to as well. https://www.hdtvtest.co.uk/news/4k-vs-201604104279.htm


Sorry I only really tested Amazon prime shortly on the Samsung (parents TV ). So will test that out more.

My Philips 50" VA panel has a lot more testing not been that impressed and really noticeable with letter box movies as the borders are really grey like black compared to near black when watching SDR content. Basic calibration been done SDR content looks just as good as the Samsung SDR though and that stops me from upgrading as it's very good picture.

Maybe I need to get a decent 4k player that converts HDR to SDR.

Amazon Non HDR looks incredible Grand tour Special Seaman (HDR off) on the Philips
Edited by: "Alf.Garnett" 23rd Dec 2019
Alf.Garnett23/12/2019 18:12

Sorry I only really tested Amazon prime shortly on the Samsung (parents TV …Sorry I only really tested Amazon prime shortly on the Samsung (parents TV ). So will test that out more.My Philips 50" VA panel has a lot more testing not been that impressed and really noticeable with letter box movies as the borders are really grey like black compared to near black when watching SDR content. Basic calibration been done SDR content looks just as good as the Samsung SDR though and that stops me from upgrading as it's very good picture.Maybe I need to get a decent 4k player that converts HDR to SDR.Amazon Non HDR looks incredible Grand tour Special Seaman (HDR off) on the Philips


When HDR is enabled, it will max out your contrast settings. This could be why it’s more of a grey. That’ll be because of the backlight technology used in your panel I’d imagine. I know Panasonic use a proprietary backlight system on their higher end LCD/LED tvs. My TV is also a VA panel and my borders stay black but I assume it’s down to the system I mentioned above.

The ambilight system should help your blacks look black if you use the lighting in a dark room. Biased lighting behind TVs can help trick your eyes into thinking they look more black than they actually are. Works wonders on my parents TV.

With regards to a player that converts HDR to SDR, look into Panasonic’s 4K players. They do work well. I used to have a 4K non HDR tv until I upgraded a couple years ago and it really does help. Unfortunately, I think it’s only the UB820 that has this option now and they don't come cheap (£279ish). Maybe check Panasonic's ebay outlet for a refurb or keep an eye out for their older player, the UB700. Just be aware though, the UB700 are very sensitive to scratches on discs. The lightest scratch caused in transit, and it will freeze while watching a film.
Edited by: "Biddy2" 23rd Dec 2019
Biddy223/12/2019 18:33

When HDR is enabled, it will max out your contrast settings. This could be …When HDR is enabled, it will max out your contrast settings. This could be why it’s more of a grey. That’ll be because of the backlight technology used in your panel I’d imagine. I know Panasonic use a proprietary backlight system on their higher end LCD/LED tvs. My TV is also a VA panel and my borders stat black but I assume it’s down to the system I mentioned above. The ambilight system should help your blacks look black if you use the lighting in a dark room. Biased lighting behind TVs can help trick your eyes into thinking they look more black than they actually are. Works wonders on my parents TV. With regards to a player that converts HDR to SDR, look into Panasonic’s 4K players. They do work well. I used to have a 4K non HDR tv until I upgraded a couple years ago and it really does help. Unfortunately, I think it’s only the UB820 that has this option now and they don't come cheap (£279ish). Maybe check Panasonic's ebay outlet for a refurb or keep an eye out for their older player, the UB700. Just be aware though, the UB700 are very sensitive to scratches on discs. The lightest scratched caused in transit, and it will freeze while watching a film.


Yes that's what's put me of the 4k player so expensive for that covert option.

I tried changing all setings backlight contrast etc and ambilight on I am never satisfied.

I just hope 4k physical media stays around for long time so at least I won't regret not buying when deals like this come along and we get prices like these or lower when I upgrade my TV

I am slightly worried they will go up in price if they decide not make them anymore as will be limited quantity about not like normal blu rays which pick up so cheap days I can't see 4k disc going that way
Alf.Garnett23/12/2019 18:46

Yes that's what's put me of the 4k player so expensive for that covert …Yes that's what's put me of the 4k player so expensive for that covert option.I tried changing all setings backlight contrast etc and ambilight on I am never satisfied.I just hope 4k physical media stays around for long time so at least I won't regret not buying when deals like this come along and we get prices like these or lower when I upgrade my TV I am slightly worried they will go up in price if they decide not make them anymore as will be limited quantity about not like normal blu rays which pick up so cheap days I can't see 4k disc going that way


I personally would put that £280 towards a new TV if you aren’t happy with your current one, rather than spend out on another player.

4K discs won’t go anywhere though, even when streaming becomes the main source of income for studios. I think at worst, lesser known, small films won't be released by the big studios but smaller independent publishers like Arrow will fill that gap, just as they do now. DVD sales are beginning to sink. Those will likely disappear as those still buying them are the people converting to streaming. I think blu ray + 4K will be around for quite a while yet.

What you could do is buy the 4K discs, just watch the standard blu rays that are included, and then when you do get a new TV, you’ll have loads of discs to watch that you haven’t yet watched. Sort of future proofing yourself so to speak.
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