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post #21691 of 21720 Old 07-20-2014, 03:22 PM
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I have not seen it yet but I am usually a couple of months behind on my anime watching. For the better shows I will usually wait until I can watch it on Blu-ray unless there is massive hype for it. Are there any particular anime BDs you'd like me to score for the PQ Tiers?
If you could review Attack on Titan that would be great. I believe the first 12 episodes or so are out on blu ray and the other half of the first season will be released this year, a few months I think. I follow the manga and really appreciated the artwork and animation from the anime via Netflix.

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If you could review Attack on Titan that would be great. I believe the first 12 episodes or so are out on blu ray and the other half of the first season will be released this year, a few months I think. I follow the manga and really appreciated the artwork and animation from the anime via Netflix.
Alas, you named one series I don't like very much. I had a tough time making it through Attack on Titan, it's not my cup of tea. I'm about to finish watching Robotics; Notes on Blu-ray at the current moment.
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Alas, you named one series I don't like very much. I had a tough time making it through Attack on Titan, it's not my cup of tea. I'm about to finish watching Robotics; Notes on Blu-ray at the current moment.
Ah ok, I've seen Steins;Gate and Chaos;Head but not this one.

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Ah ok, I've seen Steins;Gate and Chaos;Head but not this one.
It's not related to those series aside from appropriating their naming convention. Steins; Gate of course is one of the best programs of all time, Hollywood should really attempt to turn it into a movie. Getting back to the topic of picture quality, there is some unfortunate banding in Funimation's release of Steins; Gate. I think I previously covered that one for the Tiers.
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Rio 2

WOW!!!!

That about sums it up! No really, this "Blu" just "blew" me away! The COLORS are positively, absolutely GORGEOUS and they don't really ever let up. SHARPNESS & CLARITY are OFF THE CHARTS! Wait until you see what the producers of this animated marvel came up with to showcase these amazing virtues...a case in point would be Gabi, a small poison dart frog which literally pops off the screen in every scene she's in with insane clarity and dazzling colors!

DETAILS and TEXTURE are MESMERIZING...you simply have to see this to appreciate what I'm trying to describe. Whether it's bird feathers (and beaks), animal fur, jungle foliage including bark on trees, hair and facial texture on a few of the humans, etc., etc, this one really can't be beat for the volume of objects, animals, and humans that were created with stellar details and texture.

DEPTH is perhaps the best I've seen in animation, especially when the various jungle birds are in flight soaring through the trees (but it's most definitely not limited to those scenes).

There isn't much in the way of BLACK LEVELS but there are a couple of night scenes with amazing SHADOW DETAILS.

Well, you get the picture (hopefully!)....this is without a doubt a contender for one of the Top Five in Tier Blu, perhaps even a contender for the "King of the Hill." I looked up my review on Rio and I was pushing for the number 6 spot (right below Avatar), along with fellow-member GRG. It ended up being assigned a much lower spot, which was a travesty, IMHO. This one has the first installment beat, so my thinking right now is this should be somewhere in the Top Three. Until I'm able to really compare this with Monster University and The Smurfs 2, I'll opt for number 3....

Tier Recomendation: Tier 0* (right below The Smurfs 2)

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^^^^^^^

I forgot to mention another glowing virtue in Rio 2...there are several scenes where the PHOTO-REALISM is simply amazing. In one of the jungle scenes trucks are racing along a road and the trucks and the jungle look SO REAL!!

I should also say a word about the movie itself which has been getting a bum rap by critics (and by some movie-goers as well). I found it quite enjoyable! It was well-paced with plenty of action and laughs. Add to that a fairly good soundtrack and you have a Blu-ray that you'll watch again and again. Even if you don't find the story as enjoyable as I did, you'll want repeated viewing just to give your eyeballs the sugar rush they deserve!!

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Rio 2 sounds like a true contender for the top spot. I probably won't get around to watching it, so someone else will have to chime-in on its merits. I can imagine the color palette being truly spectacular.
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^^^^^^^

I forgot to mention another glowing virtue in Rio 2...there are several scenes where the PHOTO-REALISM is simply amazing. In one of the jungle scenes trucks are racing along a road and the trucks and the jungle look SO REAL!!

I should also say a word about the movie itself which has been getting a bum rap by critics (and by some movie-goers as well). I found it quite enjoyable! It was well-paced with plenty of action and laughs. Add to that a fairly good soundtrack and you have a Blu-ray that you'll watch again and again. Even if you don't find the story as enjoyable as I did, you'll want repeated viewing just to give your eyeballs the sugar rush they deserve!!
Is it necessary to watch the first before the second? I am thinking about going out and renting it just to get a glimpse of this eye candy!

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Is it necessary to watch the first before the second? I am thinking about going out and renting it just to get a glimpse of this eye candy!
By all means go out and rent it! The ideal would be to see Rio first, but it certainly isn't necessary. In fact, I had forgotten much of what happened in the first installment but I was able to "figure things out" (i.e. make connections between the two).

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By all means go out and rent it! The ideal would be to see Rio first, but it certainly isn't necessary. In fact, I had forgotten much of what happened in the first installment but I was able to "figure things out" (i.e. make connections between the two).

Prepare to be WOWED!
Sounds like a winner!

I picked up Need for Speed today.....ooooh it looks nice
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Rio 2 sounds like a true contender for the top spot. I probably won't get around to watching it, so someone else will have to chime-in on its merits. I can imagine the color palette being truly spectacular.
Rio (the first installment) was also a true contender for a place near the top. As I stated previously, GRG and I were making the case for it being placed right below Avatar, but others obviously weighed in with a different opinion and it was assigned a place well below the Top Ten. Rio 2 ups the ante with even greater details and texture, and more glorious colors as well. I'm hoping there will be many willing to at least rent this and that a consensus will be formed giving it a place that it deserves. IMO, that place would be in the Top Three, but I'll be happy if it makes it into the Top Five.

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Need for Speed

It's seldom we get a UK release before the USA do, so I picked this up today.

Firstly, Need for Speed should be applauded for its awesome black levels (night time petrol station scene is a MUST) and crystal clear picture which in parts is genuinely mesmerizing! Contrast is strong throughout and colours, especially greens, appear vivid and shiny.

Part of me wants to say this is tier 0 but I need to step back and give a level headed, valued opinion to the thread followers. I'd say there was a few moments of weakness, shots which looked a bit dim and starved of depth. Albeit they were the minority, I felt they were significant enough to knock the ranking down a couple of pegs.

So I'm gonna go with...

Tier 0.65

EDIT - RANKING UPDATED AS ABOVE (From Tier 1.0 to 0.65)

Hi Guys

I went to work today and something was weighing on my mind - I felt bugged about giving Need for Speed a Tier 1.0 recommendation. Something was gnawing away at me, a feeling like I had done it an injustice somehow....was it those amazing blacks? was it those moments of AMAZING clarity?

So I done something odd, and quite amusing too.....I booked this afternoon off work to enjoy an (uninterrupted) re-run, to gauge if my original placement was right. After the viewing and also during, I felt compelled to call a re-rank...hey, a few of us have done this right? Maybe we see things a little different the next time round?

I'd say a couple of scenes made me change my judgement - the night time ones when they first arrive at the Hotel and shortly after when Anita re-appears and talks to Tobey on the harbour side. There is terrific detail to be had here and the darkness of the nigh sky just catapults the PQ into orbit.

As for those weaker moments I spoke of previously? They perhaps account for 2 minutes of a film that's not far off 2 hours long. Be the judge when you view it, which I do recommend strongly, but for now I am putting this in Tier 0.....0.65 to be precise.

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PS, I have to add that the audio mix was superb! Even though we get 5.1 here and bluray.com suggests the US disc has 7.1....
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PS, I have to add that the audio mix was superb! Even though we get 5.1 here and bluray.com suggests the US disc has 7.1....
Which distributor released it in the UK?
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Which distributor released it in the UK?
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Guys, I have re-ranked Need for Speed to Tier 0.65 - explanation given in main review post.
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The next update to the Tiers has not been published but the following scores are included in it. These are all the ones I have since the last official update. Speak now if you see an error. Going forward, there is no further need to use the spreadsheet entry form if you post the score in this discussion thread. I will keep the entry form and spreadsheet available in my signature but feel free to ignore them. It's easier at the end of the day when I do them all myself.

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12 Years a Slave Tier 1.5 DarthDoxie
13 Sins* Tier 2.25 Phantom Stranger
3 Days To Kill* Tier 1.25 djoberg
300: Rise of an Empire* Tier 1.0 (Gold) djoberg
47 Ronin* Tier 1.75 wattheF
Abominable Dr. Phibes, The (UK)* Tier 3.5 Phantom Stranger
About Time Tier 1.0 (Gold) Phantom Stranger
Akira (Funimation)* Tier 1.75 Phantom Stranger
All Cheerleaders Die* Tier 2.75 Phantom Stranger
American Hustle Tier 2.75 rusky_g
An American Tail* Tier 3.25 Phantom Stranger
Anchorman 2* Tier 1.5 DarthDoxie
Anchorman 2* Tier 1.25 wattheF
AnoHana: The Flower We Saw That Day (complete collection)* Tier 1.0 (Gold) Phantom Stranger
Big Gundown, The* Tier 2.25 Phantom Stranger
Big Gundown, The* Tier 2.25 OppoMrSocko
Big Gundown, The* Tier 2.75 djoberg
Blazing Saddles (40th Ann.)* Tier 1.75 edlittle
C-Control: The Money and Soul of Possibility* Tier 1.0 (Gold) Phantom Stranger
Chris Isaak: Beyond The Sun Live!* Tier 2.75 Phantom Stranger
Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey* Tier 1.0 (Gold) mweflen
Countess Dracula* Tier 4.5 Phantom Stranger
Crocodile Dundee II* Tier 3.0 (Bronze) Phantom Stranger
Crocodile Dundee* Tier 2.5 Phantom Stranger
Dial M For Murder 3D Tier 3.0 (Bronze) Phantom Stranger
Dr. Phibes Rises Again* Tier 4.0 (Copper) Phantom Stranger
Drive Tier 0 (Blu) rusky_g
Elfie Hopkins* Tier 1.75 rusky_g
Family Plot Tier 4.5 jsnyder82
Flavia The Heretic* Tier 2.5 Phantom Stranger
Flying Tigers* Tier 4.5 Phantom Stranger
Frozen Tier 0 (Blu) Phantom Stranger
Gangster Squad Tier 1.5 rusky_g
Godzilla Vs. King Ghidorah* Tier 4.5 Phantom Stranger
Grace Unplugged* Tier 1.75 djoberg
Grand Budapest Hotel, The* Tier 1.5 Phantom Stranger
Gravity Tier 0 (Blu) DarthDoxie
Gravity Tier 0 (Blu) mweflen
Great Expectations (2012)* Tier 3.5 Phantom Stranger
Ground Control to Psychoelectric Girl: Complete Series* Tier 1.25 Phantom Stranger
Haganai: Next* Tier 1.25 Phantom Stranger
Hannie Caulder* Tier 2.25 Phantom Stranger
Harvey* Tier 2.0 (Silver) Phantom Stranger
Her* Tier 0 (Blu) fredxr2d2
Hereafter Tier 2.5 rusky_g
Hobbit, The: The Desolation of Smaug* Tier 0 (Blu) djoberg
Hobbit, The: The Desolation of Smaug* Tier 0 (Blu) rusky_g
Hobbit, The: The Desolation of Smaug* Tier 1.0 (Gold) wattheF
House of Cards: Season One* Tier 0 (Blu) djoberg
I, Frankenstein* Tier 2.0 (Silver) djoberg
I, Frankenstein* Tier 1.5 rusky_g
In Like Flint* Tier 2.0 (Silver) Phantom Stranger
Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit* Tier 1.75 djoberg
Jack The Giant Slayer Tier 0 (Blu) rusky_g
K: The Complete Series* Tier 1.0 (Gold) Phantom Stranger
Killer Nun* Tier 3.0 (Bronze) Phantom Stranger
Labor Day* Tier 1.25 Phantom Stranger
Lawrence of Arabia Tier 0 (Blu) Iain-
Legend of Hercules, The* Tier 3.75 wattheF
LEGO Movie, The* Tier 0 (Blu) wattheF
LEGO Movie, The* Tier 0 (Blu) fredxr2d2
LEGO Movie, The* Tier 0 (Blu) djoberg
Lone Ranger, The Tier 1.25 rusky_g
Lone Survivor* Tier 0 (Blu) djoberg
Lone Survivor* Tier 0 (Blu) wattheF
Man from Snowy River, The* Tier 3.25 djoberg
Maria Holic: Complete Collection* Tier 2.0 (Silver) Phantom Stranger
McLintock!: Authentic Collector's Edition* Tier 1.75 Phantom Stranger
Medaka Box Abnormal* Tier 1.75 Phantom Stranger
MM! Complete Collection* Tier 1.75 Phantom Stranger
Monuments Men, The* Tier 1.5 djoberg
Monuments Men, The* Tier 1.5 wattheF
Murder Obsession* Tier 2.5 Phantom Stranger
My Neighbor Totoro* Tier 2.5 Phantom Stranger
Need for Speed (UK)* Tier 0 (Blu) rusky_g
Non-Stop* Tier 1.5 djoberg
Oblivion Tier 0 (Blu) tmavs
Oblivion Tier 0 (Blu) Johnny Vertigo
Operation Petticoat Tier 4.0 (Copper) Phantom Stranger
Pacific Rim Tier 0 (Blu) edlittle
Pit And The Pendulum, The (UK)* Tier 3.25 Phantom Stranger
Pompeii Tier 1.75 djoberg
R.I.P.D. Tier 1.5 rusky_g
Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale Tier 2.25 Phantom Stranger
Ray Donovan: Season One* Tier 1.0 (Gold) Phantom Stranger
Red 2 Tier 1.5 deltasun
Red Violin, The* (CA import) Tier 5 (Coal) ScottJ
Return To Nuke 'Em High Volume 1* Tier 1.25 Phantom Stranger
Revenge of the Nerds* Tier 3.75 Phantom Stranger
Rio 2* Tier 0 (Blu) djoberg
Rise of the Planet of the Apes Tier 1.0 (Gold) Johnny Vertigo
Rise of the Planet of the Apes Tier 1.0 (Gold) edlittle
Robocop (2014)* Tier 0 (Blu) rusky_g
Robocop (2014)* Tier 1.0 (Gold) djoberg
Robotics; Notes: Part 1* Tier 1.75 Phantom Stranger
Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The* Tier 1.75 wattheF
Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The* Tier 1.75 djoberg
Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The* Tier 1.5 rusky_g
Secret Life of Walter Mitty, The* Tier 2.0 (Silver) Phantom Stranger
Serial Experiments Lain: Complete Series* Tier 3.25 Phantom Stranger
Snow White and the Huntsman Tier 1.75 rusky_g
Son of Batman* Tier 1.75 Phantom Stranger
Spectacular Spider-Man, The: The Complete Series Tier 2.5 comperic2003
Stalingrad* Tier 1.25 rusky_g
Steins; Gate: Part 1* Tier 2.0 (Silver) Phantom Stranger
Steins; Gate: Part 2* Tier 2.25 Phantom Stranger
Still Mine* Tier 0 (Blu) Phantom Stranger
Superheroes: A Never-ending Battle* Tier 2.0 (Silver) Phantom Stranger
Terminator 2 Skynet Ed. Tier 3.75 mweflen
Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines Tier 2.25 mweflen
Terminator Salvation Tier 1.75 mweflen
The Devil's Rock (Canadian)* Tier 1.0 (Gold) Phantom Stranger
The Nut Job* Tier 0 (Blu) wattheF
The Terminator (Terminator Anthology Set) Tier 3.5 mweflen
The Wolf of Wall Street* Tier 0 (Blu) mweflen
The World's End* Tier 1.75 mweflen
Thor: The Dark World* Tier 1.25 djoberg
TimeScapes* Tier 0 (Blu) Tch0rT
Total Recall 1990 Mind Bending Edition Tier 3.0 (Bronze) mweflen
Tower Heist* Tier 1.5 rusky_g
Transcendence* Tier 1.75 Phantom Stranger
Transformers: The Movie (1986)* Tier 1.75 Phantom Stranger
True Grit (2010) Tier 1.5 rusky_g
Veronica Mars* Tier 1.5 Phantom Stranger
Way of the Wicked* Tier 0 (Blu) Phantom Stranger
Whip and The Body, The* Tier 3.75 Phantom Stranger
White House Down Tier 1.75 rusky_g
Winnie the Pooh: Springtime With Roo* Tier 1.25 Phantom Stranger
Winter's Tale* Tier 1.5 Phantom Stranger
Wolf Creek 2* Tier 0 (Blu) Phantom Stranger
Wolf of Wall Street, The Tier 0 (Blu) Phantom Stranger
Wolf of Wall Street, The* Tier 1.0 (Gold) wattheF
Wolverine, The (EE) Tier 0 (Blu) Phantom Stranger
Women, The (1939)* Tier 3.5 Phantom Stranger
Wonderwall* Tier 4.5 Phantom Stranger
Zeta One* Tier 3.25 Phantom Stranger
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Need for Speed

It's seldom we get a UK release before the USA do, so I picked this up today.

Firstly, Need for Speed should be applauded for its awesome black levels (night time petrol station scene is a MUST) and crystal clear picture which in parts is genuinely mesmerizing! Contrast is strong throughout and colours, especially greens, appear vivid and shiny.

Part of me wants to say this is tier 0 but I need to step back and give a level headed, valued opinion to the thread followers. I'd say there was a few moments of weakness, shots which looked a bit dim and starved of depth. Albeit they were the minority, I felt they were significant enough to knock the ranking down a couple of pegs.

So I'm gonna go with...

Tier 0.65

EDIT - RANKING UPDATED AS ABOVE (From Tier 1.0 to 0.65)

Hi Guys

I went to work today and something was weighing on my mind - I felt bugged about giving Need for Speed a Tier 1.0 recommendation. Something was gnawing away at me, a feeling like I had done it an injustice somehow....was it those amazing blacks? was it those moments of AMAZING clarity?

So I done something odd, and quite amusing too.....I booked this afternoon off work to enjoy an (uninterrupted) re-run, to gauge if my original placement was right. After the viewing and also during, I felt compelled to call a re-rank...hey, a few of us have done this right? Maybe we see things a little different the next time round?

I'd say a couple of scenes made me change my judgement - the night time ones when they first arrive at the Hotel and shortly after when Anita re-appears and talks to Tobey on the harbour side. There is terrific detail to be had here and the darkness of the nigh sky just catapults the PQ into orbit.

As for those weaker moments I spoke of previously? They perhaps account for 2 minutes of a film that's not far off 2 hours long. Be the judge when you view it, which I do recommend strongly, but for now I am putting this in Tier 0.....0.65 to be precise.

Russ
Ha! No worries and I hear ya. I did the same the other day with Lone Survivor. Originally ranked it 1.0 but just didn't feel right about that ranking so changed it to Tier 0.
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Seeing the 4 rankings of Walter Mitty reminds me that I ordered it and need to watch it again at home! Looking forward to checking it out.

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Great work Phantom!

Now about that Noah review ;-)....
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Great work Phantom!

Now about that Noah review ;-)....
Noah is coming soon.

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An independent film distributed by Anchor Bay via The Weinstein Company, the thriller surpassed my picture quality expectations. This is well-shot cinematography framed in an expansive 2.39:1 aspect ratio. The technical compression parameters are passable for the clean-looking film, as seen in the BDInfo scan data below.

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00009.MPLS                                                      AVC      1:30:24 18,319,970,304  22,720,838,588  27.02   21.69   DTS-HD Master  5.1 3619Kbps (48kHz/24-bit)
Blue Ruin has superb contrast and excellent clarity. It lacks the kind of razor-sharp detail found in the best demo discs but the picture is sharp, detailed and vibrant. The digital intermediate has been left unfiltered and exhibits a very natural color palette. Shadow delineation often falls apart on independent films but Blue Ruin has solid black levels with plenty of depth in its darker moments.
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Garden State

recommendation: Tier 3.0*

A perfectly ordinary film transfer. I consider this BD the epitome of average picture quality and a classic example of Tier Three. The 2004 film was released a few months back by Fox with their normally high technical standards. This is an older film scan, indicating a somewhat dated transfer with dull color rendition and flat depth. A bit of minor filtering has gone on, most visible in the form of very tiny halos and ringing. The grain structure has not been greatly altered, leaving intact moderate gains in definition and clarity. The film master is in good condition, free of obvious damage in a mostly transparent image. It looks better than the upscaled DVD but lacks the type of superior resolution and pop of better cinematography.

It never really got off the ground but I was hoping to establish benchmark titles for each Tier category. If one wants to understand my idea of Tier Three, Garden State's very average presentation is a perfect place to start.
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The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)

I agree with everyone that said the travel scenes were spectacular, but the scenes before were Tier 2 material. There was a significant amount of black crush in some scenes, but not in other scenes. This may have been a filmic look it was going for, however I noticed it in several scenes throughout the movie. The scenes in Iceland, the traveling through Afghanistan, and during his zoning out all had fantastic details, color, clarity, and for the most part, black levels, with some of the best distance scenes I have viewed. It was almost like they used a different camera in America and internationally. The international scenes were for sure reference, but because of the American scenes, I must dock it points.

The movie was spectacular, and I recommend everyone see it at least once. It is light hearted and reminds me of why I do what I do. The music, mostly sung by Jose Gonzalez, really fits the tone. The humor, for the most part, was spot on and had me laughing throughout.


Recommendation: Tier 1.5
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Noah

recommendation: Tier 0* (around In Time or 0.6)

Paramount's new blockbuster delivers an amazing visual experience perfectly fit for the highest Tier. Some of the time-lapse imagery is truly stunning. The transfer is beautifully unfiltered, exhibiting incredible levels of razor-sharp detail in tighter shots. Reportedly costing $130 million, this is one film where every penny ends up on screen. Given the amount of CGI and digital composites to create Noah's world, there are virtually no seams hanging out in this demo-quality picture.

Noah's immense depth and dimensionality in the cinematography produces outstanding definition which leaps off the screen. Its digital color-grading walks the line of restraint, preferring a less vibrant palette drained of the brighter primary colors. There might be a little unnecessary teal but flesh-tones remain decidedly neutral. Black levels are impressive, layered with fantastic shadow detail.

I've seen better-looking films but rarely with this much CGI on the screen.
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Transcendence

This is a striking Blu-ray title....in outdoor, daytime scenes or in indoor scenes with good lighting. But outdoor, nighttime scenes and indoor shots with poor lighting suffer from some of the worst BLACK CRUSH that I've seen in recent transfers.

That about sums up the PQ. If I were rating this solely on the "good scenes," I'd be tempted to put it either into low Tier 0 or high Tier 1. The colors were a feast for the eyes, details were exemplary (especially facial texture and clothing), flesh tones were natural, sharpness and clarity reigned supreme, and the black bars disappeared completely into the surrounding bezel. Conversely, if I were rating this on most of the nighttime scenes or scenes indoors with poor lighting, I would be forced to consign this to low Tier 3 or even high Tier 4, for again, the black crush was horrendous. I know Phantom didn't say a word about this in his review, but other reviewers (online reviews such as DVDTalk) did and I had the same viewing experience as them.

A mixed bag, to be sure, so it's another hard one to call. I can't, with a good conscience, join Phantom in giving this a Tier 1 ranking, but I am willing to go with Tier Silver and I'll even be generous and put it on the top....

Tier Recommendation: 2.0*

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Noah

recommendation: Tier 0* (around In Time or 0.6)

Paramount's new blockbuster delivers an amazing visual experience perfectly fit for the highest Tier. Some of the time-lapse imagery is truly stunning. The transfer is beautifully unfiltered, exhibiting incredible levels of razor-sharp detail in tighter shots. Reportedly costing $130 million, this is one film where every penny ends up on screen. Given the amount of CGI and digital composites to create Noah's world, there are virtually no seams hanging out in this demo-quality picture.

Noah's immense depth and dimensionality in the cinematography produces outstanding definition which leaps off the screen. Its digital color-grading walks the line of restraint, preferring a less vibrant palette drained of the brighter primary colors. There might be a little unnecessary teal but flesh-tones remain decidedly neutral. Black levels are impressive, layered with fantastic shadow detail.

I've seen better-looking films but rarely with this much CGI on the screen.
I hope to rent this before I leave on a business trip in early August. Thanks for whetting my appetite Phantom. I don't think I'm going to like the movie itself from all that I've read, but I can't pass up a Blu that may be reference quality in the PQ department.

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I hope to rent this before I leave on a business trip in early August. Thanks for whetting my appetite Phantom. I don't think I'm going to like the movie itself from all that I've read, but I can't pass up a Blu that may be reference quality in the PQ department.
I enjoyed it more than I expected, though it does have its problems.
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The Wolf of Wall Street

Scorcese's latest hits Blu Ray with a dazzling transfer that's as flamboyant as the 'Wolf' himself.

Intentionally contrast heavy, the image is striking and detailed. Colours pop like Champagnes bottles and a syrupy warm glow adds to the over indulgent feel of the movie. Skin tones, particularly DiCaprio, appear disturbingly orangey but that's intentional. I generally find that 'office' scenes can be a weak point in terms of PQ but here they still looked pretty good.

These days my PQ taste leans towards the more subtle look, however I have to say that here I was impressed beyond my expectation.

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I see Hi-Def Digest has now reviewed Need for Speed - 5/5 for both PQ and Audio

They also confirm 7.1 DTS which is kinda annoying for us UK folk who got 5.1!
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Samurai Bride

recommendation: Tier 1.0*

The sequel to Samurai Girls lands in the same spot as its predecessor. The two-disc set features a satisfactory AVC video encode. This anime is known for its very distinctive animation style with a very exotic multi-plane effect, adding a better sense of depth to the hand-drawn animation.

This is certainly one of the better looking anime programs on Blu-ray. The unusually thick line-art works very well in Hi-Def.
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