Originally Posted by Mark Booth
And that's the difference and disconnect here. I feel they DID do a competent job with Gladiator. Yes, it could be better. But it is FAR from the pile of garbage many of you are complaining about.
On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being perfect, I'd give the Gladiator transfer a 7.5. That's hardly bad enough to get my shorts in a wad, start a letter writing campaign, or boycott the title just out of principle.
I love home theater as much as anybody here. And I've been doing it for almost 30 years. I've owned as many as 8 different versions of certain movies on VHS, Laserdisc, DVD and now Blu, as I upgraded for the better experience. Perhaps that long experience has tempered my expectations but Gladiator is well worth owning on Blu.
A big +1 from me.....
I bought both Gladiator and Braveheart last night and checked out most of Gladiator.
This is a very good looking disc,not at all the horrible looking mess that many are labeling.
Here are my impressions:
There is a slightly edgy quality to the outdoor scenes.
There is a very high level of detail throughout.Skin has pores,bumps and stubble(of course no stubble on Connie Nielson).
The details in the swords and armor stand out.
Colors are balanced from cold blue to warm desert reds.
If there is any DNR,I was unable to detect it as a negative.
I saw all the arrows....
(I saw the Theatrical version first and then checked out some of the extended version and I don't feel that the extended scenes look as good as many claim)
Overall I'm happy I have one of my favorite movies on BR!
Could Gladiator look better?
Sure,but so can a great majority of HD titles on Blu-Ray.
Was an old master used?
Is there DNR used?
Is there EE?
I don't really know or particularly care,I bought the disc FOR THE CONTENT!
That's just me.
And FWIW,there are no underhanded methods used by the studios involved with Gladiator to put out anything less than a stellar product.
If you wish to be vocal about your personal dissatifaction with the HD transfer of Gladiator on BR,it should be sent with a flaming arrow to one Mr.Ridley Scott!
I highly doubt that anyone involved with the production of the Gladiator BR would have made ANY decisions re:the quality of the disc WITHOUT dealing with Mr.Scott.
Top-Directors like Michael Bay,Ridley Scott, James Cameron,Peter Jackson,David Fincher and Steven Spielberg just to name a few,have final say and approval on every facet of their films-that's what they fight for and that's what they eventually get.
So if there is anything amiss with a particular title's A/V quality,well then blame the filmakers,not the studio per se.
Just my opinion