Is it Real 4K or Fake 4K

With the new 4K UHD Blu-ray standard the studios are once again charging you for the upgrade, but many are "faking it" by upscaling 2K films into 4K. While it's true that the 4K UHD standard allows for more beneficial features than purely the upgraded resolution, they are still advertised as 4K which is false advertisement.

Here is an updating list to help you separate the real 4K films from the fake ones. Enjoy the movies!

2012 - Real
Django Unchained
The Dark Knight Rises
Argo
2012 - Fake
Life of Pi
2011 - Real
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo
2010 - Real
Salt
2009 - Fake
Angels & Demons
2009 - Fake
Watchmen
Star Trek
2008 - Real
Hancock 4
2008 - Fake
Pineapple Express
2007 - Fake
3:10 to Yuma
2006 - Real
The Da Vinci Code
1997 - Real
The Fifth Element
1996 - Real
Independence Day
1995 - Real
Jumanji
Apollo 13
1992 - Real
A Few Good Men
Bram Stoker's Dracula
Unforgiven
1990 - Real
Goodfellas
1986 - Real
Labyrinth
1982 - Real
Blade Runner

^ 1. The film was shot mostly in 2.8K mixed with some 5K, with a 4K Digital Intermediate. VFX resolution unknown.

^ 2. According to comments from Fox we can assume that some of the movie is in true 4K as the CGI-less scenes could be redone from the 5K source.

^ 3. VFX was rendered at 2K and upscaled to 4K.

^ 4. VFX done at 2K and upscaled to 4K.

^ 5. 35mm scenes were scanned at 2K, IMAX and final Digital Intermediate were done at 4K.

^ 6. VFX done at 2K and upscaled to 4K.














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