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Which one of these would be better to purchase on blu-ray? Let me know thanks!

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my vote is for open season, i like the 3D imagery on this one better than ice age: the meltdown.
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Yep Open Season. Great movie all the way around, and outstanding picture quality.
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Open Season, Ice Age 2 can't compare to it.
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Ice Age 2 has some minor banding that most people won't notice anyway. It's also a better movie. But there's nothing on either format that comes close to the perfection of Open Season in terms of picture.

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Ice Age 2 has some minor banding that most people won't notice anyway. It's also a better movie. But there's nothing on either format that comes close to the perfection of Open Season in terms of picture.

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I enjoyed Ice Age 2 much more as a movie, but Open Season stands head and shoulders above every other title in HD in terms of picture quality (The Wild is about as good... but that water rapid scene in Open Season is simply phenomenal).
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Ice Age 2 is the better movie.
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Imo, Ice Age 2 is the better movie. Open Season was ok, but the picture quality was excellent.

I'm glad I only rented Open Season, it's a movie I would only watch once.
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PQ wise my vote goes to Open Season...Movie wise Ice Age 2.

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Open Season is noticibly better PQ-wise, Ice Age 2 has some artifacts, although it is not gross.

In terms of watchability, I also preferred Open Season, but neither blew me away. Ice Age 2 would be considerably more entertaining if they eliminated all the main characters and just made an entire movie about the squirrel.
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Open Season is noticibly better PQ-wise, Ice Age 2 has some artifacts, although it is not gross.

Wow, I have to wonder at what point artifacts become gross.

Ice Age 2 has SEVERE noise and artifacting in specific parts of specific scenes. It's totally agregious, especially since Blu-Ray is pushing quality. I bought this in my first batch with the PS3, and I thought Blu-Ray was an unadulterated disaster after watching Ice Age 2. This is especially frustrating since the D-Theater Ice Age 1 is absolutely reference.

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How does a direct to digital movie have artifacts?
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How does a direct to digital movie have artifacts?

Easy, the bit rate go down considerably from a digital master to a consumer medium like BD. Unfortunately at these low bit rates, compression artifacts become a problem. Direct to digital does not mean what is on the master is exactly what you see at home. Far from it...

There are several scenes in Ice Age 2 with compression artifacts and it can be distracting. Open Season is blessed with gorgeous computer imagery and I don't recall compression artifacts being a problem with Open Season.
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I think Monster House is worthy of consideration. I wasn't terribly impressed with PQ on Ice Age 2, and wasn't that impressed with the movie, either. Haven't seen Open Season yet but can concur that PQ is phenomenal on in-store demos I've seen.
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For pure PQ quality: Open Season
For overall movie and PQ: Ice Age: Meltdown.

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How does Any bully compare to either of these? I'm neutral now but have it on HD-DVD and it was a perfect transfer
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Which one of these would be better to purchase on blu-ray? Let me know thanks!

Both look great, I really like Ice Age 2's story, while I hated the first one. Watched IA2 at my house on Rear LCD Proj TV, looked really great, watched Open Season at my Parents house on 42" Panasonic Plasma, looked REALLY great! Still need to get open season back from them and watch it here, story IMHO wasnt as strong as IA2. monster House is better than both, not PQ wise though
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Ice Age is a better movie but Open Season is better PQ.
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Alright well after everyones comments I went ahead and got Ice Age 2 just for the fact that I knew I would enjoy the film. I'm going to rent open season on SD and if I even half way enjoy it I will pick it up on blu-ray to see the quality! Thanks for the input!

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How does Any bully compare to either of these? I'm neutral now but have it on HD-DVD and it was a perfect transfer

I thought Open Season on Blu-ray and The Ant Bully on HD DVD were both excellent transfers and on par with one another.

Someone above mentioned Monster House. I've read somewhere that the makers of that movie had "film grain" and/or other techniques added at the transfer point to give the movie a more film like look. I haven't seen it yet on Blu-ray but I really don't like the idea myself.
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