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LionsGate Elevated Black Level for SD/HDX/UHD

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    LionsGate Elevated Black Level for SD/HDX/UHD

    I searched the forum but didn't seen where/if this has been addressed...sorry if I'm covering old ground.

    The black level for certain titles from LionsGate is not the same for every quality tier (SD/HDX/UHD). It is clearly too high for some tiers, with blacks appearing as dark or light gray instead of black. It's not always the same tier that has elevated blacks - sometimes SD/HDX is high and UHD is normal; other times SD/HDX is normal and UHD is high. Dolby Vision always appears normal even if the SD/HDX/UHD black level is elevated.

    This occurs across multiple devices running different VUDU apps (Roku, Chromecast, Shield, Apple TV, LG, Samsung). If the black level is elevated on one app, it's elevated on all of them.

    I've also observed that the black level is elevated on some of these titles from other providers like iTunes. So I'm not blaming VUDU specifically. It appears to be a LionsGate issue with certain transfers.

    The titles I've found to be affected are from a pretty narrow release window, which makes me wonder if LionsGate was doing something wrong that has since been corrected. The affected titles I've seen are:

    Hunger Games 1-3 (but not 4)
    Ender's Game
    Divergent 1 (but not 2-3)

    Also, the HDR-10 encode black level for Ender's Game is elevated on the Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc. I checked the Dolby Vision VUDU encode last night and the black level looks correct. As a result, the VUDU Dolby Vision looks subjectively better than the UHD Blu-ray despite the higher compression.

    When the black level is right, these transfers look good (really good in some cases with UHD and especially Dolby Vision). But the ones with elevated blacks are just ugly. Really ugly.

    Is this a known issue? Are we fixing it or just living with it? Has anyone else complained about this and I just can't find it? If so, please point me in the right direction. Otherwise...thoughts? Comments? Anyone? VUDU? Jake?
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