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post #21691 of 21706 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)

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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?
Entertainment One (eOne)
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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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