4K Blu-ray: The Best Quality Entertainment

Here at Cinema Paradiso, our TV series and movies are in nothing but the best quality. We believe that watching movies and TV episodes can offer similar quality to the cinema. Essentially when you hire a film from us, with the right equipment, you can create a cinema-style experience at home, especially with the advancements of the latest consumer technology including 4K Blu-ray players.

As experts in the film and media industry, we are advocates of 4K Blu-ray. Ultimately, Ultra HD physical media is the best quality entertainment and here we explain why. We’ll start by answering the following questions:
  • What is Blu-ray?
  • How does the quality of Blu-ray discs compare to DVDs?
  • Why 4K Blu-ray?
  • Choosing a Blu-ray/4K player

What is Blu-ray?

A Blu-ray disc is an updated version of a DVD disk and essentially stores high-definition images and promises a better image than standard DVD disks. It is important to play a Blu-ray disc on a Blu-ray player to ensure the quality and same applies to UHD discs. Playing a Blu-ray disc in a standard DVD player does not tend to work, however, Blu-ray player can also play standard definition discs.

How exactly does the quality of Blu-ray compare to a DVD?

Based on the look of the Blu-ray disc, you wouldn't think there was a big difference between the disc itself and a standard DVD since they are the same in shape, size and general appearance. However, when you investigate the make-up of the Blu-ray, you’ll discover that there are many advantages to choosing Blu-ray over standard DVDs. Here are just a few technical differences between the two different disc formats:

1. A Blu-ray disk has a much larger storage capacity than a standard DVD

A Blu-ray disc can store up to 50GB of data which is essentially 10 times the capacity of a standard DVD. While a single layer DVD stores just 4.7GB of data and double layer (DVD-9) stores up 8.7 GB of data, single layer Blu-rays store 25GB of data and double 50GB. Essentially, in real terms, 50GB of data is enough storage for 4 and a half hours of high-definition images and 26 hours of standard definition data.

2. Blu-ray discs are more scratch resistant

There is nothing worse than getting three-quarters of the way through a movie and then it starts jumping, pausing and buffering until you need to turn it off. With Blu-ray, this is far less likely to happen than with a standard DVD. This is thanks to a thin, yet scratch resistant, coating that is more effective than the coating on standard DVDs.

3. Blu-rays run off blue lasers, instead of red lasers (hence the name!)

Why is this significant we hear you ask? Well, blue lasers are shorter and closer together than red lasers so provide more accurate, and detailed, sounds and images.

Why 4K Blu-ray?

4K Blu-ray is ultimately the next step of the Blu-ray hierarchy, offering a further improved visual image and Ultra high-definition.

Essentially, you can’t get better than the 4K Blu-ray disk in the current movie market. Perhaps, in future, the technological brains out there will develop an even greater picture, however, for now, we’re all raving about 4K and rightfully so.

Trust us, when you’ve gone 4K, they’ll be no going back!

Choosing a Blu-ray/4K Blu-ray player

Standard DVD players cannot play Blu-rays which means that when you are buying a new media player, you’re best opting for Blu-ray. And, since 4K offers the best quality, a 4K Blu-ray player is your best bet but you would need to invest in a 4K TV as well in order to watch it. You can take a look at this What Hi-Fi? that can provide further information on choosing the right Blu-ray player for you.

In the meantime, here are ten of our favourite movies to watch on a 4K Blu-ray player right now:

  • Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019) Once Upon a Time...in Hollywood

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    2h 35min

    In Quentin Tarantino's ninth film, actor Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) gained fame and fortune by starring in a 1950s television Western but is now struggling to find meaningful work in a Hollywood that he doesn't recognize anymore. He spends most of his time drinking and palling around with Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), his easygoing best friend and longtime stunt double. The film is available on 4K Blu-ray, and features a large ensemble cast and multiple storylines in a tribute to the final moment of Hollywood's golden age.

  • Joker (2019)

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    1h 57min

    This Oscar-winning film looks even better in 4K quality! Forever alone in a crowd, failed comedian Arthur Fleck (Joaquin Phoenix) seeks connection as he walks the streets of Gotham City. Unfortunately, he encounters violent thugs while he's dressed as a clown. Arthur wears two masks, the one he paints for his day job, and the guise he projects in an attempt to feel like he's part of the world around him. Isolated, bullied and disregarded by society, Fleck begins a slow descent into madness as he transforms into the criminal mastermind known as the Joker in this thrilling origin story.

  • Ad Astra (2019)

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    1h 57min

    Thirty years ago, Clifford McBride (Tommy Lee Jones) led a voyage into deep space, but the ship and crew were never heard from again. After a mysterious life-threatening event strikes Earth, McBride's son Roy (Brad Pitt), a fearless astronaut himself, must embark on a daring mission across an unforgiving solar system to Neptune. There he needs to uncover the truth about his missing father and his doomed expedition 30 years ago while a mysterious power surge threatens the stability of the universe.

  • The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

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    2h 35min

    If you're looking for an interesting military film then this epic adventure drama is the right title for you. Even better, you have a chance to see David Lean's classic on 4K Blu-ray! The story depicts fictitious elements but is set against a real backdrop, a historical construction of Burma Railway between 1942 and 1943. It centres on the British P.O.W.s who are tasked with building a vital railways bridge. One of the most memorable moments is an old whistling tune 'Colonel Bogey March' which became a worldwide hit after the release of the film.

  • Life of Pi (2012)

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    2h 1min

    Another sublime example of a film made in all of its glory for ultra-high definition watching is Ang Lee's adventure Life of Pi. Even though it's based on the novel of the same name by Yann Martel, this story truly came to life using groundbreaking visuals and breathtaking cinematography. It's a story of an Indian boy who finds himself stranded on a lifeboat, after a disaster at sea, with a terrifying Bengal tiger. If you still haven't seen this amazing piece of storytelling, now's a perfect time!

  • Blue Planet 2 (2017) Blue Planet II

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    6h 0min

    David Attenborough's Blue Planet II is a stunning award-winning nature documentary series worthy of your time and made for watching in 4K quality. Focusing on marine life, it's a long-awaited sequel to the popular The Blue Planet (2001). Explore new worlds and witness the beauty of the open ocean, deep seas, coasts and much more over seven episodes of this stunning programme.

  • Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

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    2h 11min

    Do you know what are the first two types of alien encounters? Close Encounters of the Third Kind goes a step farther. Steven Spielberg's sci-fi classic focuses on the appearance of extraterrestrial ships from an unknown planet. This leads Richard Dreyfuss's character Roy Neary to become a witness to some incredible events which further fuels his desire to know more and to decipher the way aliens are trying to communicate with the human race. In ultra-high definition, you'll be treated with some of the most memorable science fiction scenes ever, accompanied by an unforgettable sound.

  • 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

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    2h 23min

    This sci-fi classic has been remastered for your viewing please with impeccable 4K picture and sound. One of Stanley Kubrick's masterpieces, 2001: A Space Odyssey still remains a cornerstone of cinematography and original soundtrack to this day. Don't forget to share with us your thoughts on the ending because Kubrick himself once stated: "when you just say the ideas they sound foolish, whereas if they’re dramatized one feels it." Quite a mystery!

  • Interstellar (2014)

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    2h 42min

    One of the best ever movies for visual effects as well as an incredible soundtrack, Interstellar is a Cinema Paradiso favourite for watching in 4K Blu-ray quality. The story is a science fiction drama, directed by Christopher Nolan, that, set in a dystopian future, outlines the search of new life for humans by a small number of astronauts. Starring Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway and Michael Caine, the film has a first-class cast and an excellent plot to go with it. Go on, we dare you, take your lounge or entertainment room into outer space with Interstellar on 4K Blu-ray!

  • Blade Runner (1982) Blade Runner: The Final Cut

    1h 52min

    A 1982 neo-noir science fiction film, directed by Ridley Scott, Blade Runner was brought out 37 years ago. And despite its age, in our opinion, it is most definitely a hit to watch on 4K Blu-ray. Starring Harrison Ford and Sean Young, the film is loosely based on the 1968 novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? and is set in dystopian Los Angeles 2019 (in our present time!). The city has become a depressing urban space, the home of Blade Runners and replicants - where the Blade runners are on a mission to assassinate the replicants. If you haven’t seen this film on 4K Blu-ray yet, then you definitely should! We promise you top quality and science fiction adventure that goes on to influence further sci-fi greats.

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