First some more pics of the case (though Spizz is much better at photography than me).
I got my order from www.vanleest.nl
(18.49 shipped) in 10 business days, not bad at all considering Canada Post. As I said it was confusing how I should enter my address. If I put everything into the proper fields it appeared like this:
Fake St 10
Postal code City
So I put "10" as the street name, "Fake St" as the house number, "City, AB" as the postal code, and the postal code as the city, so that everything appeared correctly formatted on the order confirmation page. Instead the shipping label came like:
City Postal code
Someone at the post office circled the postal code and handwrote to "try" my street. Good on them for getting it to me.
Next time I'll just give them all the info how they want it and let them format as they see fit...
Either the WM11 decoder has issues with this VC-1 or AnyDVD is doing something screwy. No problem playing it with PowerDVD or the PS3 but through DirectShow it kept alternating between a mess of picture + green blocks, and perfect decoding which made grabbing shots a pain.
Anyway, my direct screengrabs: The Neverending Story - Blu-ray Screenshots
I included one of dododge's frames to show how it really looks.
(seriously though, nice comparison
) I also got as close as I could to two of the frames from DVDBeaver's German DVD comparison
. Looks like the BD uses the same coloring as the last shot of each set.
Quote from my stats/thoughts page:
The disc opens with a strangely entertaining Dutch copyright notice. Moving text over a trippy CGI animation with a techno track playing! All studios should put such effort into their copyright vids if they're going to force us to watch them.
Average video bitrate is 27.91Mbps. According to the PS3, it went as high as 40Mbps, and oddly the entire white-on-black end credits sequence was 30+Mbps until the fade to black when it finally dropped to the kbps range.
It's tough to give a sense of this using single screenshots, but this movie has the most white and black speckles of any transfer I personally have ever seen. Normally I'm not bothered by these things as they remind me of watching films at a theater, but they appear practically every second of this transfer and were distracting at times. If you can get past that, this release looks pretty good (and pretty grainy).
Looks like full 1080p detail in the downscale comparison shot, surprisingly enough. Some of the tiny lines in the sand disappear in the 720p downres. Also note how the 480p mutates the white specks to be larger than they should be...