A late revival. Picked up the 3-disc set from Amazon recently. First saw and enjoyed this Fincher-directed Dragon Tattoo on a FIOS premium channel, where it seemed quite soft PQ-wise. So, for just $10, was curious if the Blu-ray delivered significantly crisper images. I'd earlier measured some fine details from a different 4k-digital-intermediate transfer to Blu-ray (The Tree of Life), using a test disc with frequency multibursts
. Tattoo was shot digitally, with RED-camera gear and a 4k DI, while Tree of Life was shot on 35mm film. Tree has a ~1.84:1 aspect ratio (on BR) and Tattoo ~2.40:1.
One review of Tattoo (Blu-ray.com) suggests the overall darkness and muted colors was chosen for the nature of the movie and cold Swedish environment. Hard to tell whether deliberate lens filtering or the digtal-camera capture, or post production editing
, leads to the lack of fine details in this 4k-DI-transfer 1080p Blu-ray. Comments about other RED-camera productions
sometimes mention an apparent lack of dynamic range. But despite the missing details, a first viewing of Tattoo on Blu-ray still delivered the impact recalled from my premium-cable introduction.
Found the roughly 4-hour supplement disc fascinating, too. The post-production section shows how the many takes of digital capture were woven together and the reasoning behind some of the edits. Another section shows an actor--the lead 'villain'-- requesting three takes for very minor acting variations in one line of dialog. Found the 3rd disc in my set, the Ultraviiolet, was long outdated--although I wouldn't have used it anyway. -- John
EDIT: During a 2nd viewing I found that changing my plasma's gamma setting from 2.2 to 2.0 made, IMO, too-dark scenes--mostly the entire movie---brighter and more realistic. Also set my display into cinema mode (from standard), which boosted colors slightly. Planned to measure the actual effective resolution of some details, as with Tree of Life, but so far haven't spotted anything crisp enough to try measuring.
EDIT2: Viewing three was mostly listening to the director's comments about most scenes. Selecting the ON/OFF special feature on the main disc reduces the audio track volume. Excellent for added understanding of scenes--plus the remarkable attention to details and continuity, such as farming out a short scene to have someone digitally add a tiny part to the tattoo-actress's hair.