You know, the funny (and sad!) thing is that the grain wasn't the problem with the original Predator release. It was the low bit-rate MPEG2 encode of an out-dated scan. Had they just released the film, grain and all, on a 50GB disc with a AVC or VC1 encode- even with the outdated transfer- I don't think J6P would've whined so much. I think the "grainy" description was J6P trying to explain something he didn't understand and the studio, unfortunately, took it to heart.
Has anyone had trouble with the U-Control features on the BTTF blu-rays playing automatically? We have turned off all three features in the U-Control menu, but the picture-in-picture "Setups and Payoffs" play anywaythroughout the entire film! It is incredibly irritating not to be able to just watch the movie.
Could this just be three defective discs? The firmware on our Samsung BDP2500 is up to date and the PIPs pop up in the same places, so I'm thinking it's not our player.
Any suggestions for disabling U-Control would be greatly appreciated!
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Sorry to dredge up another old thread, but I finally picked up the BTTF Trilogy on sale at Target this week. And I tend to agree with those who say that the PQ is sort of mediocre on this set.
I watched the first film and skimmed through the others, and there's a lot of nice cinematography and art direction in these films. The somewhat lackluster character of these HD transfers doesn't really do it justice though.
Detail is generally not well-defined in the images. And the first film also has noticeable (and sometimes eye-fatiguing) EE, esp. in the daylight scenes. Color and contrast aren't terribly impressive on these either. The first film is reasonably ok, but highlights often appear somewhat blown-out. And things get murkier and more poorly-defined on the 2nd and 3rd films.
The movies are still fun to watch. But given the visually-oriented nature of these films, it would just be a more enjoyable and satisfying viewing experience imo if the transfers were a bit better.
I echo your sentiments Dave... and probably wouldn't even have considered picking this up unless it was pretty steeply discounted. (Just too many inferior and subpar transfers out there now to throw good money down the drain.)
If Universal ever gets around to doing a decent 4k or 8k remaster that does a better job of capturing some of the nice cinematography and production design on these, then maybe I'll consider another dip.
If I'd been managing their assets though, I would never have let a product that looked like this out the door in the first place.
You can find just about anything off of Google images...