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300: Rise of an Empire (2014)
If you're craving to see a Blu with mesmerizing DETAILS, you can't get much better than this! Whether it's facial details, hair, coats of armor, rocky coasts, ships, etc. the details are simply amazing! Add to that some incredible DEPTH, accurate FLESH TONES, superb CONTRAST, beautiful PRIMARY COLORS (though limited, they really shine against a rather muted background), and insane SHARPNESS/CLARITY in the majority of scenes.
That's not to say it's perfect, for the CGI was soft in some shots and it made splattering blood (which is plentiful!) look fake. Some of the background shots in scenes with a panoramic view looked a tad soft as well.
Man, I'm tempted to assign this to low Tier 0 for its spectacular sharpness and details, but the aforementioned flaws forbid me from doing so. Still, this is a shoe-in for Tier 1, and the top of the heap at that...
Tier Recommendation: 1.0*
Viewed from 7.5' using the equipment listed below....
Pioneer Kuro Elite PRO-151FD....Pioneer Elite BDP-05....Onkyo TX-NR717
Cambridge Soundworks MC305 Fronts & Center...Cambridge Soundworks Ambiance Surrounds....SVS PC12-NSD