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  1. I did a while ago, at the time there wasn't much 4k material. I use Amazon Prime 4k regularly, however as to whether it is 4k I have no idea.
  2. Having read the book, I was keen to watch the movie. We planned to watch it when it was on in the theatre’s but somehow never found the time. The movie is based on the true story of African American women Katherine Johnson. Who at a very young age shows ability to solve complex mathematics. The movie starts with some background video of Katherine as a young child, then moves onto the early sixties with Katherine, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson all working at NASA. As the movie progresses it starts to build on the lives of the three characters, and shows some of the issues they faced, particularly being coloured and women working at NASA. What I found fascinating was the required use of advanced mathematics based on some unknowns of space travel, particularly by Katherine to determine the re-entry point, and precise landing location for the space craft. One of the things I didn’t get from the movie, as much as I got from the book, was the struggle for employment and the reason all three woman ended up a NASA. But it does cover some of the smarts of Dorothy, although doing a supervisor’s role couldn’t get recognition or the pay grade for the work. Who took it on herself to learn Fortran with the pending arrival of an IBM main frame, which would mean the end of her career at NASA. Likewise, the hurdles Mary had to endure to be recognised as an engineer. All in all, a great movie. I’d give it a 4.8 out of 5 for quality of the acting, the compelling storyline, and an insight of some of the trials and tribulations of what it took to get man into space. Apparently the movie was made using 35mm and 16mm film with a 2160p transfer in 2.39:1 and DTS-HD Master Audio 7.1. I personally found both the video and audio fantastic on the UHD disc, and was happy the included Blu-ray appears region free.
  3. Hmmm doesn't look to flash Al, I'll put on a few concert disc's and check it out. Stoked, only one of the UHD, included Blu-ray I bought in from the US, Patriots Day is region coded, the others are region free
  4. I checked out the settings, and the info on the settings page says to set it on 12bit unless you get video banding or other issues in which case drop it back to 10bit or off. I've left it at 12bit, as I find playing blu-ray and DVD both upscale nicely to 12bit
  5. Thanks Al, I'll set it to 10bit and see if it makes a difference. Of the 6 UHD discs I've played I haven't noticed any visual or audio anomalies.
  6. Found a button on the remote today Phone image, so not good quality. It looks as though it upscales the video. I get the same video out info on 3 different movies I tried. I'm not sure if this is a good or a bad thing?
  7. I was out chasing autumn colours today and there were also plenty of fungi. Unfortunately there were also a few leeches which I hadn't prepared for. Never mind, I'll make sure I use the leech repellant from now on.
  8. One from todays wander Even though its dry, there appears to be plenty of fungi on show
  9. Picked up Deepwater Horizon, and Passengers today through the online sale yesterday. Both played fine via the AVR to the TV, so I guess there are no issues with handshakes etc for UHD material. It was nice to finally try a 4K disc out.
  10. Thanks Al, I also received an additional 5% off offer via email which brings it down to $188.10, but have decided it is not something I need, although very tempting. I realise this is for DVD only and not Blu-Ray, but as anyone tried out one of these remotes? It would be handy for my US dvd's http://m.ebay.com.au/itm/110602620681?_mwBanner=1 I decided to buy one since I have 3x Panasonic Blu-ray PVR's and player. All are listed as compatible.
  11. I do hope this is not where Nikon are heading for other upcoming bodies? http://backcountrygallery.com/nikon-d7500-musings/
  12. I see JB have the Samsung UBD-K8500 for $198 this weekend. Also 20% off movies, might go and pick up a 4K to try out
  13. While out looking for fungi...
  14. Here is a link to John's bird images on Flickr https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/mrjohnclarke/sets/72157645182430555/
  15. Just placed an order on Amazon for a few 4k movies as Hidden Figures gets released on the 11th April in the US, so they should all come together. Now just need to hope I can play them, i.e. no issues with 4k connectivity to the TV.