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posted by martyb on Thursday May 04 2017, @02:59PM   Printer-friendly
from the "Blu"-ray-and-Smurfs dept.

An alleged copy of an Ultra HD Blu-Ray disc has appeared online, leading to speculation that AACS 2.0 has been cracked:

While there is no shortage of pirated films on the Internet, Ultra-high-definition content is often hard to find. Not only are the file sizes enormous, but the protection is better than that deployed to regular content. UHD Blu-Ray Discs, for example, are protected with AACS 2.0 encryption which was long believed to unbreakable.

A few hours ago, however, this claim was put in doubt. Out of nowhere, a cracked copy of a UHD Blu-Ray Disc surfaced on the HD-focused BitTorrent tracker UltraHDclub. The torrent in question is a copy of the Smurfs 2 film and is tagged "The Smurfs 2 (2013) 2160p UHD Blu-ray HEVC Atmos 7.1-THRONE." This suggests that AACS 2.0 may have been "cracked" although there are no further technical details provided at this point. UltraHDclub is proud of the release, though, and boasts of having the "First Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc in the NET!"

[...] If the encryption has indeed been broken it will be bad news for AACS, the decryption licensing outfit that controls it. The company, founded by a group of movie studios and technology partners including Warner Bros, Disney, Microsoft and Intel, has put a lot of effort into making the technology secure.

"Atmos" refers to Dolby Atmos (see PDF list).

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  • (Score: 2) by takyon on Thursday May 04 2017, @06:56PM (3 children)

    by takyon (881) <{takyon} {at} {}> on Thursday May 04 2017, @06:56PM (#504473) Journal

    From the TF comments: "Many people consider it the best 4k release yet."

    I assumed that meant the technical details. I looked up a review: []

    If you want to impress your friends and family with your new UHD 4K Blu-ray player and television, you'll want to show them this video presentation of 'The Smurfs 2'. The standard Blu-ray version of the film, which is included here also looked very good when it came out, but there is a big upgrade here in the form of detail and color. 'Smurfs 2' was shot digitally and finished in post in 4K with a 2160p transfer, and is presented in 1.85:1 aspect ratio.

    [...] There is a ton of depth with this picture and there are no issues with any banding, aliasing, or any other compression problem. The standard Blu-ray has an excellent video presentation, but with this UHD release, every thing is upgraded. The colors are brighter and bolder and the detail is a lot more elaborate, making this new video presentation demo worthy.

    So there you have it, a reason why Smurfs 2 should be the first 4K rip.

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  • (Score: 2, Funny) by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 04 2017, @08:43PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 04 2017, @08:43PM (#504518)

    wtf? let me explain what it means to impress someone with your big ass TV: show a film of a fly walking on the screen, and see if they get a fly swatter.

  • (Score: 2) by kaszz on Friday May 05 2017, @01:10AM (1 child)

    by kaszz (4211) on Friday May 05 2017, @01:10AM (#504622) Journal

    Does the release include high-dynamic-range video [] data?

    • (Score: 2) by takyon on Friday May 05 2017, @01:32AM

      by takyon (881) <{takyon} {at} {}> on Friday May 05 2017, @01:32AM (#504628) Journal

      Apparently, YES []:

      The Smurfs 2 (2013)

      Original Format(s): F65 RAW (4K)

      Master Format: 4K

      Features: Dolby Atmos, Includes Blu-ray, HDR, Wide Color Gamut

      Release Date: TBA

      Notes: Full details unavailable yet. Shot in native 4K, master is native 4K, unsure of CGI resolution.

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