The Fifth Element (Possible Blu-ray SteelBook) (Manta Lab Exclusive) [Hong Kong]

Jul 1, 2013
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Berlin, Germany
Release date: TBA
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Greatest Fifth Element slip of all time, I doubt anyone will be able to beat it.
Been trying to hunt that one down for ages but those prices :sweat:
I very hesitantly bought it at the time, just cause I got the other 2, and thought what the hell, maybe someone will need it later. It's the ugliest for me, Milla looks 'mentally challenged', and as if from a bad porno at the same time. :muted:
The other Fullslip, with Zorg and Korben, is the best.
 
Quick question about the technical side of things... This and Leon coming from a partnership with Gaumont, I guess these releases will include the StudioCanal 4k discs? Especially for Fifth Element I would prefer it to be the Sony release, as I find it has the way superior color grade, and I don't own a steelbook for that Sony release yet (and really don't want to hunt down this horrid poop art Sony steelbook). Would be nice to have the new Zavvi release and this one to include the two different 4k discs (giving me a reason to own both ;)).

Same goes for Leon in terms of color grade, but here at least I already own decent steels for both releases.
 
Quick question about the technical side of things... This and Leon coming from a partnership with Gaumont, I guess these releases will include the StudioCanal 4k discs? Especially for Fifth Element I would prefer it to be the Sony release, as I find it has the way superior color grade, and I don't own a steelbook for that Sony release yet (and really don't want to hunt down this horrid poop art Sony steelbook). Would be nice to have the new Zavvi release and this one to include the two different 4k discs (giving me a reason to own both ;)).

Same goes for Leon in terms of color grade, but here at least I already own decent steels for both releases.
Neither will be the Sony releases. A gaumont partnership will almost definitely mean studiocanal discs. You're entitled to your opinion of course, but the SC 4K transfer of Fifth Element is quite noticeably better than Sony's.

I believe their transfer of Leon is also, but not to the same degree. It's mostly marginal gains due to the DV grade, but that comes with the potential downside of no theatrical cut, if that's your preference.
 
Neither will be the Sony releases. A gaumont partnership will almost definitely mean studiocanal discs. You're entitled to your opinion of course, but the SC 4K transfer of Fifth Element is quite noticeably better than Sony's.

I believe their transfer of Leon is also, but not to the same degree. It's mostly marginal gains due to the DV grade, but that comes with the potential downside of no theatrical cut, if that's your preference.
Not sure it's a matter of opinion, I mean could be that some people prefer their movies with a yellow/orange cast, but I hope not? SC completely messed up the grading, see comparisons...
As a plus, the SC disc has a much higher bit rate, which helps with grain management, but still it seems like because of the grading, detail is lost compared to the Sony disc. Of course, these are stills converted to SDR, so it might be less of an issue with HDR...
 
Not sure it's a matter of opinion, I mean could be that some people prefer their movies with a yellow/orange cast, but I hope not? SC completely messed up the grading, see comparisons...
As a plus, the SC disc has a much higher bit rate, which helps with grain management, but still it seems like because of the grading, detail is lost compared to the Sony disc. Of course, these are stills converted to SDR, so it might be less of an issue with HDR...
Comparing the 4Ks in person I can tell you that is not the case. The colour grading differences are not as stark as you would suggest. They're barely indistinguishable, and if anything the SC benefits from more robust and vibrant colours. Sony's disc also clips whites and suffers from edge enhancement. It is a matter of opinion, as tastes differ, but imo the SC is superior.
 
Comparing the 4Ks in person I can tell you that is not the case. The colour grading differences are not as stark as you would suggest. They're barely indistinguishable, and if anything the SC benefits from more robust and vibrant colours. Sony's disc also clips whites and suffers from edge enhancement. It is a matter of opinion, as tastes differ, but imo the SC is superior.
Besides, the SC disc was encoded by D. Mackenzie (FiM), whose work is always superior compared to any other encodes.
 
Comparing the 4Ks in person I can tell you that is not the case. The colour grading differences are not as stark as you would suggest. They're barely indistinguishable, and if anything the SC benefits from more robust and vibrant colours. Sony's disc also clips whites and suffers from edge enhancement. It is a matter of opinion, as tastes differ, but imo the SC is superior.
Appreciate your input, I'll be sure to pop in the SC disc when checking out the film next time. Looks like I'll have plenty of releases to choose from in the near future. :LOL:
 
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Comparing the 4Ks in person I can tell you that is not the case. The colour grading differences are not as stark as you would suggest. They're barely indistinguishable, and if anything the SC benefits from more robust and vibrant colours. Sony's disc also clips whites and suffers from edge enhancement. It is a matter of opinion, as tastes differ, but imo the SC is superior.

Yep, it is the sharpening on the Sony disc that makes me favour the SC release.
 
Yep, it is the sharpening on the Sony disc that makes me favour the SC release.
That's the funny thing with sharpening, it's often misconstrued as actually being a sharper picture, which is the case here with the sony vs SC. The sony may appear sharper, but it's artificial.

It was the clipped whites that did it for me, which is surprising how much detail is lost there on the sony when comparing the two. I did find the SC colour grade more vibrant too, notably so.
 
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