Originally Posted by 42041
Any word on major transfer defects?
Still can't find it locally
I think the key going into either the Alliance or EB disc is to have low expectations. With that in mind, I was more impressed with resolution than I expected to be from the screengrabs. It's far from reference, but there was noticably more detail than I could make out in either the Alliance or EB grabs, when viewed from my laptop, and resolution appeared pretty consistent in both bright and dark sequences. The EB disc has a nice dynamic for a catalog title of its age. Colors looked much more natural - consistent with b.com's grabs - than they do in the Alliance grabs from this thread. And as b.com's grabs would indicate, edge enhancement isn't the extreme eyesore it appears to be in the Alliance BD; there's no way to ignore that level of ringing on a front projection setup.
Black levels are the only area I wasn't remotely content with. I'd have to see the Alliance disc or even the former DVD, which I no longer have memory of - having sold my copy a couple years back that I last watched many years before that - to make any kind of crude guess as to fidelity. They are crushed; there' sometimes more info there at raised brightness settings, but blacks become excessively noisy - only blacks, so it's not a simple matter of excessive compression - maybe sloppy compression, but nothing indicative of bitrate alone. I actually chose to lower my projector's (Sony VW60) gamma setting to gamma 3, which crushes shadows a little, which I found slightly favorable to lowering brightness itself. Shadows were stable after that, but still crushed.
Crush was the only real inconsistency of note. A little surprisingly, it wasn't all that objectionable in the darker sequences, like the vampire bar. It's when Clooney is standing out in the bright, desert sun, in that black suit, when you can hardly make out the pockets or the lapel, that it really stands out.
I'm still curious about the Alliance disc, but seeing as it seems far from ideal itself and maybe even a little more so depending on what ailment you're more sensitive too - noisy, crushed black levels vs extreme ringing, red push, and elevated black levels, the later of which can probably be compensated for with a little tweaking, which may or may not result in similarly crushed blacks as the EB disc - I'm content with the EB disc for now; though I'm no less reluctant to invest EBs other BD offerings, despite this one proving slightly better than early reviews. At $5 per film I'd be more encouraged to bite, which is what Mill Creek's BDs are already selling for. That said, I've seen worse from Warner, and at higher prices than the EB discs. Though the Warner BDs at least ported the special features from the dvd. Not to single out Warner, I'm sure From Dusk Till Dawn's A/V presentation surpasses some from other studios too - not that that's necessarily any consolation - but to add some perspective, it absolutely kills a Disney BD I also just recently watched: The Legend of Drunken Master.