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Old Apr 3rd, 2019
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Howdy. I'm wondering if anyone know if K strive to supply not just the best quality downloads but the actual best quality source material also? I guess it is perhaps more a case of getting the some of the smaller "boutique" studios onboard but I was wondering whether it was formally part of their USP / Value Prop?

The one everyone seems to know of is Criterion and that was briefly mentioned in another thread last year but as I've been building my collection over the past 6 months I've noticed a few recurring themes, these are skewed to the UK given my location:
  • Criterion Collection - I've none about these guys from earlier 2000s
  • Eureka Video / Masters of Cinema range
  • Arrow Films
  • Powerhouse Films / Indicator range
  • Curzon Artificial Eye (appear to have a deal with iTunes)

All of these seem to cover a mixture of 2k/4k restorations, remixed audio, obscure films, European arthouse etc.

I guess my point is, I would think/hope that having K gives us the best platform possible for watching film at home and in turn, goes hand in hand in offering the best quality source material also.

Given the price point, it's fair to say that a lot of the target audience - beyond folk with lots of $$$ - are those that love Film, as an art, a medium, hobby etc and usually as part of a home cinema setup.

I'd presume those individuals - like myself - want the best quality source material too. I've found myself buying more and more blu-rays, not just because they aren't on K or UV but because the source material is substantially better.

example: Sex, Lies and Videotape. K store copy appears to be the standard DVD/Blu-ray transfer. There is also a Criterion version that has been remastered. If I am going to watch this movie, then I'm going to want to watch the Criterion version.

Another angle is if the larger studios release an updated remastered version of the film then does K automatically "upgrade" the Store version like Apple do with HD > 4K versions. Although I'd bet that is probably "a studio" decision rather than K's.

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Old Apr 6th, 2019
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Looks like Criterion are putting their catalogue online for subscribers. Cursive ok no do the same in the UK already. Would be awesome if K tied up with them for access to their catalogues but in a way you can download the full bitrate versions and not streaming quality
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Old Apr 18th, 2019
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Vodder,

Quote: "I'm wondering if anyone know if K strive to supply not just the best quality downloads but the actual best quality source material also? I guess it is perhaps more a case of getting the some of the smaller "boutique" studios onboard but I was wondering whether it was formally part of their USP / Value Prop?"

I wonder the same thing. For instance, is the version of Spartacus the 2015 re-mastered version or is it the previous version? I'm sure K strives for the best quality but IMHO this information should be available with the title. Simply indicating the version's release date would suffice.

As for Criterion, it was Criterion that led me to K. In the distance past when K was exclusively a disc system they offered movie collections such as "Academy Award Winners", etc. One such collection was a large Criterion collection. While Google-ing Criterion collections I came across K. It made sense that the best movies should have the benefit of the best player and here I am. It does seem the two, the best movies and the best system would go hand in hand and provide unique cross selling opportunities for both.

Unfortunately something appears to have soured between these two organizations which is too bad since they appear so much alike, small companies made up of movie fans dedicated to creating the ultimate movie experience. I was surprised to find Criterion titles on Vudu and Apple. Hopefully some day Criterion will return to K. When that happens I will have to buy some Terras!
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Old Apr 18th, 2019
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Maybe not the answer you're looking for, but the answer is simple, K provides the version released to them by the Studios. If at some point a studio releases a newer version to K, they will replace the originally released version. That said, I believe the resolution is the same (1080p, UHD, etc.), but unfortunately, the studios don't always provide the most advanced audio copy on the initial release, there are many occasions where the physical disc version has better audio (i.e ATMOS, etc.), and more channels (7.1 versus 5.1, etc.). This is usually corrected with later releases by the Studios, and when it is K adds that improvement to the Store's version.

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Old Jul 21st, 2019
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Seemingly missed your reply Jim! So basically, we need Criterion, Powerhouse, Artificial Eye etc to all join K as studios or just have a few "dedicated" Vaults each . for all those extra blu-rays! :-D
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Old Jul 22nd, 2019
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Maybe not the answer you're looking for, but the answer is simple, K provides the version released to them by the Studios. If at some point a studio releases a newer version to K, they will replace the originally released version. That said, I believe the resolution is the same (1080p, UHD, etc.), but unfortunately, the studios don't always provide the most advanced audio copy on the initial release, there are many occasions where the physical disc version has better audio (i.e ATMOS, etc.), and more channels (7.1 versus 5.1, etc.). This is usually corrected with later releases by the Studios, and when it is K adds that improvement to the Store's version.

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Is there any easy way to know when a new version, such as with Atmos, has been made available in the store?

What is the best/only option to download an upgraded version? Delete and then re-download?
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Is there any easy way to know when a new version, such as with Atmos, has been made available in the store?

What is the best/only option to download an upgraded version? Delete and then re-download?
You can read this thread, it's unfortunately a manual process...

http://www.kscapeowners.com/forums/s...ead.php?t=3337
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