4K Ultra HD Blu

Synopsis

Sam and his older brother are typical American teenagers with equally typical interests. But things start to change after they move with their mother to the sleepy California town of Santa Clara. Michael is no longer himself. And her mom won’t like her new lifestyle…

NB: Image comparisons (.jpg compression, 8-bit) are strictly for illustrative purposes and are not representative of what Ultra HD Blu-ray will display on your calibrated UHD HDR screen.

Video Quality

Lost Generation (1987) was shot on 35mm Panavision with anamorphic lenses. The previous Blu-ray edition, with VC-1 compression, dates back to 2008. For its 35th anniversary celebrated this year, Joel Schumacher’s film benefits from a supervised remastering in 4K. The film is presented in HDR10 with HEVC compression.

The framing is a little tighter than before. Nevertheless, the leap forward provided by this 2022 remastering remains more than significant. The 2008 Blu-ray suffered from haphazard VC-1 compression and edge enhancement. This is no longer the case at all today. A certain softness prevails, and a few rare shots still leave the impression of having made use here and there of a parsimonious smoothing. But Lost Generation (1987) recovers healthier lines and contours, without artificial accentuation. Very rough on the previous master, the 35mm grain is palpable while remaining non-intrusive. On this subject, HEVC compression will command admiration with frank stability. The average bit rate was measured at 72271 kbps.

The new color grading is quite different. Forget the prominent magenta hues of the past. Lost Generation (1987) benefits from a more balanced color temperature and true HDR calibration with the presence of many light peaks above 1000 nits. Highlights are much better clippeds (fairground scenes, sparklers and flashlights) while the many dark scenes recover a frank dose of legibility with intensified lighting and less packed shadows. Emblematic of the 80s, the fuschia pink and other bright colors of the outfits worn by the young actors stand out wonderfully. Guaranteed rediscovery…

In HDR10, the brightness level of the brightest pixel in the entire stream (MaxCLL) rises a solid 1328 nits. An average value of brightness peaks was measured at 698 nits. Similarly, on the entire feature film, 88.92% of the shots are composed of highlights (with a median measured at 190 nits). Regarding HEVC video compression, the average bitrate was measured at 72271 kbps.

Audio Quality

There is less novelty to get your teeth into for the audio section. With the exception of the transition from the original version to the DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 format (against Dolby TrueHD 5.1 previously). It’s not just a change in form, however, as the new DTS-HD Master Audio track is presented with 24-bit signal depth, compared to 16-bit on the 2008 Blu-ray. more attentive will agree on the impression of greater fidelity. However, it does not seem to have had a fundamental remix and the frontal scene remains a priority throughout the adventure. The bass remains solid, and the reproduction of the dialogues sufficiently clear.

Regarding the VF, no change at all. We find Dolby Digital 2.0 (192 kbps).

Bonuses

– Director’s audio commentary
– Lost Generation Retrospective
– Into the Vampire’s Lair (4 featurettes)
– Greg Cannom’s Creatures
– Haimster and Feldog: the story of the two Coreys
– Lost Scenes
– A world of vampires
– Gallery and trailers

Conclusion

This classic signed Joel Schumacher benefits from a solid upgrade. Fall and Halloween are just around the corner and if you’re filled with 80s nostalgia, you’re sure to have a great time with this new edition taken from an authentic 4K remaster. Highly recommended!

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Review: Lost Generation (1987)