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I had the chance to watch the Blu-ray of The Golden Compass this weekend. It will be reviewed in one of our future print issues.
The image quality is superb and easily one of the best BDs I've seen so far. Everything about it is solid. Contrast was exceptional and fine detail was dead on. New Line is putting out some great looking stuff.
The DTS-HD Master Audio track is 7.1 discrete and EXTREMELLY dynamic. There are some very intense infrasonics on this mix, enough that my projector started to shake to a level that I think I may need to figure out something new with my mount (even Transformers didn't have an issue with this). The sound design uses the surround soundstage quite nicely but at times the track is a bit front heavy.
Of note, I was fully decoding the DTS-HD Master Audio track with my Onkyo Pro PR885 via a Panasonic BD30. This is the first US DTS-HD MA mix that has had a loud pop during playback. I've experienced this with two imports so far and the result is down right scary. The pop is not subtle, but rather like a firework going off in your room. Every time it is repeatable and in the same spot, regardless of the movie. I am going to try this scene at a friend's this week and see if I have the same result. I think it may be in the MA extension packet because it doesn't do it with a PS3 or if you set the Panny to PCM. This is something that could EASILY blow a speaker (and cause a heart attack if your system was turned up loud enough, I kid you not). This is a check disc so New Line will be informed.
For those curious the other two releases with the same pop anomoly are the import of Hannibal Rising on HD DVD and 1408 on HD DVD. Both repeatable as well.