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Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit
Orange/Teal (especially Orange!) anyone? This Blu could have possibly found its way into the Reference Tier if not for the pervasive color-grading, some intermittent soft shots, and several instances where faces appeared blurry/fuzzy. The color-grading was the worst culprit, for the orange hues affected flesh tones in numerous shots.
Other than these anomalies, we are treated to a rather sharp and detailed film. Facial close-ups were the highlights to these eyes, most notably EVERY shot of Kevin Costner. His aging is most apparent in HD; I've said this about him in previous Blu-ray releases and this was no exception. His wrinkles are surely mounting up!!
Black levels were, for the most part, very good, but I wouldn't call them reference. The same can be said for shadow details.
Colors were good, but again with a generous amount of color-grading they weren't as impressive as they might have been.
Another "redeeming quality" was a light layer of grain, giving it that "cinematic-look."
All things considered this may be worth of Tier 1, but just barely...
Tier Recommendation: 1.75*
Viewed from 7.5' using the equipment listed below....
Sony XBR75X940D...Philips BDP 7501...Samsung BD-H5900...Toshiba HD-A30...Dish Hopper 3...Onkyo TX-NR717...Sony CDP-C725...Sennheiser HD 570...Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro...Harmony One Remote
Cambridge Soundworks MC305 Fronts & Center...Cambridge Soundworks Ambiance Surrounds....SVS PC12-NSD
Last edited by djoberg; 06-12-2014 at 07:49 PM.