DUNE is back on Blu and new on 4K UHD. Here’s how it compares to the earlier Blu-ray edition
This article contains several comparisons which contrast Universal’s 2010 Blu-ray transfer with the new Arrow Video restoration. The frames aren’t necessarily exact matches, but should give a solid indication of the visual differences.
Please note that, as I don’t have the means to capture the 4K disc, the Blu-ray version of Arrow’s disc was used for this article. While both formats use the same restoration, the actual 4K disc has a higher true resolution and color palette than what is captured here.
Dune is back in a big way. Denis Villeneuve’s fiercely anticipated remake has finally been dated for an October release, and Arrow has pulled all the stops to reintroduce David Lynch’s sprawling, bizarre, and cultishly-adored 1984 version of the film in the most lovingly stacked release it’s ever had.
The film will have both 4K UHD and Blu-ray options, set for August 31st.
Arrow’s carefully restored 4K edition is almost certainly the ultimate physical home video release for this title.
Universal’s earlier Blu-ray from 2010 wasn’t bad at all, a pretty respectful edition, all things considered. Comparing the new and old transfers, I have a few main observations.
Arrow’s version is consistently cropped larger on the frame, meaning you see more picture at the edges. It also has much clearer film grain appearance (this was likely smoothed in the earlier edition). The color timing is also a bit different, though I’m not prepared to declare a winner on that front. Neither seems inherently better to me; they’re just a little different (with the Arrow version being slightly more vibrant).
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Except where noted, all 16:9 screen images in this review are direct captures from the disc(s) in question with no editing applied, but may have compression or resizing inherent to file formats and Medium’s image system.