Yes. Another title I'm late to the party on, but on the recommendation by several of my PQ Tier thread peers, I put this one in my queue when I first joined zip.ca in the summer, and finally I have had a chance to watch this movie in its entirety.
I have no problem whatsoever with believing that this title was once in our beloved Tier 0. The detail on this blu ray are unmatched by many; if only all blu rays could have the quality of detail that are present in this film, we would have to split Tier 0 into TEN pieces to fight it out for the best of the best.
Furthermore, I would have no issue if this movie was STILL in Tier 0. I did go back and read a lot of the discussion, so there is no need to reiterate to me as to the reasons for its downfall.
I understand the contrast issue is one that bothered some. I did look at it as an artistic direction this movie took, and I am fully aware that the artistic intent is not what is in play in this thread.
I do believe this film could be in Tier 1.0, however, and I would not mind seeing it bumped back up to there, but as I do not own this movie and have had it for a week too long as it is, I've got to pop it in the mail ASAP, so I won't be able to go back and re-watch scenes should fellow reviewers request that I do so, so I'm not going to push the issue on such an old title. It's still residing in Tier 1, Tier 1.25 to be exact, and I believe it should firmly stay there and not drop any lower than that.
The effect of the contrast boost throughout this movie is exactly what I personally do not like in Blu; however it still looked really good on my Panasonic in THX mode, which does have a danger of looking overly-yellow and giving me a headache of phosphor trailing (like Rock n' Rolla did). The contrast boost was not so much that it was in danger of doing that for me, which is a good thing.
Personally I prefer movies that are more lush and have deeper colours, so the contrast served against me in this score. This movie felt to me like it was the same as Youth Without Youth, only YWY had an oversaturation, while Mr. Brooks does the opposite and boosts the contrast.
The black levels on this movie for me were SUPERB. I have seen so many movies where when you see someone dressed all in black, in a dark background, everything just blends together and looks blocky. In Mr. Brooks, I could identify the individual pieces of clothing, see the textures of them, see them move independently as characters adjusted themselves; it was beautiful. In the scene where Mr. Brooks finally meets up with Mr. Smith, and the camera keeps looking at Mr. Smith from faraway in the alley, the glossiness and richness of that scene, the inkiness of the blacks, just EVERYTHING about it stuck out in my mind as something I wanted to mention when I wrote here. It was gorgeous on my plasma, absolutely gorgeous.
Again, I don't want to start a debate about Mr. Brooks because I know the thread has been-there-done-that but I could not watch this movie that so many of you recommended to me to watch without doing it the justice of a review.
It was a weiiiiiird frakkin' movie, though. I think if I ever see it on sale I might pick it up and put it on my shelf with my copies of American Psycho. It reminds me that I need to watch and review the Aussie version of AP that my folks picked up for me in the summer!
I will spoiler this because someone else might not have seen this movie before and I don't want to wreck anything, but:
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Recommendation for Mr. Brooks: Tier 1.0Equipment: ps3 80gig to Panasonic TH-58PZ800u THX setting, approx 7.5'.
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I kind of wished that the movie ended with Mr. Brooks' daughter Jane killing him, and that it wasn't a dream. The credits rolling just after the lights go out on his eyes would have been satisfying to me, even if it is a really fricken morbid thought!!
Also... I'm not a fan of Dane Cook in any way, so I have to admit I did laugh when Costner offed him. My snarky self shouted at the screen, "And that's for GOOD LUCK CHUCK!!".