Blue Underground’s new restoration will take your breath away. All of it.
This article contains several comparisons which contrast Blue Underground’s new 4K restoration of this film against their earlier 2009 Blu-ray. The frames aren’t necessarily exact matches, but should give a solid indication of the visual differences.
New on 4K Blu-ray, Blue Underground brings its anticipated restoration of the chilling folk horror classic Dead & Buried.
My colleague Dan has written a formal review of the release which you can check out here. In this article I’m just zeroing in on the PQ.
Blue Underground has done a really excellent job with their 4K restorations so far with compelling upgrades to their already respectable Blu-ray presentations. Dead & Buried continues that trend with an image that boasts sharper picture quality, finer grain, and better colors than their prior release.
The older transfer is generally a little murkier and with an more of an overall brownish-green tint.
The image is also frame less tightly, revealing a bit more edge of the frame — but also introducing a very slight crop (‘‘black bars”) on the top and bottom.
Please note the screenshots in this article are from the Blu-ray version of Arrow’s release, not the 4K UHD disc. While the transfer is the same, the actual 4K images have a higher true fidelity and also feature HDR.
A rare shot where I think the older transfer is a hair better. Those red accents picked up heavily on the new disc.
The cafe window here demonstrates an example of where the older transfer’s contrast was too harsh, whiting out the window between the blinds. It looks much more natural now while the overall scene feels better lit.
In this next shot I noticed the background between the trees. The weird teal coloration “taps out” on the older transfer. The newer version has more natural gradation, and overall the color on the shot looks more natural.
Get it at Amazon:
If you enjoy reading Cinapse, purchasing items through our affiliate links can tip us with a small commission at no additional cost to you.