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!

Fake 4K
2020 - Fake

Fake 4K
2019 - Fake

2012 - Real
Django Unchained
Men in Black 3
The Dark Knight Rises
2007 - Fake
3:10 to Yuma
Spider-man 3
Eastern Promises
1999 - Real
The Matrix The Mummy
1976 - Real
Taxi Driver
1975 - Real
1973 - Real
The Sting
1968 - Real
2001: A Space Odyssey
1963 - Real
The Servant
The Birds
1962 - Real
Lawrence of Arabia
1961 - Real

The Guns of Navarone
1960 - Real
1958 - Real
1956 - Real
The Ten Commandements
1954 - Real
Rear Window

^ 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.

^ 7. The whole movie was shot on an iPhone.

^ 8. Though mastered in 2K, the picture quality is very high.

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