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Official Blu-ray Picture Quality Rankings: The PQ Tiers (updated through March 27, 2014)

AVS Forum's Blu-ray Picture Quality Tiers are now current through the last post, found at the link above. One can ignore the March 27th date, I haven't figured out how to edit an existing thread's title with the new software. It can always be found as a sticky in the Blu-ray Software sub-forum. We are now very close to 4000 total entries, ranked for best video quality appeal. We could not have gotten to this point without all of the past and present contributors in this thread.

Tier 0 - Blu Tier 1 - Gold Tier 2.0 - Silver Tier 3.0 - Bronze Tier 4.0 - Copper Tier 5.0 - Coal
0 - 1 - 1.25 - 1.5 - 1.75 - 2 - 2.25 - 2.5 - 2.75 - 3 - 3.25 - 3.5 - 3.75 - 4 - 4.5 - 5 -

At the moment the above links are broken with the change in forum software. I'll look for a solution though if anyone knows if anchors still work on this new forum code, contact me.

Going over a few things that aren't explicitly laid out on the main page for newbies, feel free to report a mistake or broken link in the PQ Tiers in this discussion thread. The highest level of video quality, Tier Zero, is absolutely ordered from best to worst. Monsters University remains the #1 ranked disc for the moment. Nothing in the Tiers is immutable, an entry can still be changed by community input or a re-evaluation in each update. I do not foresee the next update happening until October or November.

As I mentioned a few days ago, no one needs to use the Google spreadsheet entry form anymore. It will be kept open but there is no need to enter your own scores if you don't have the time. All scores posted in this discussion thread will get counted like always. I would like to thank all the regulars that used it but the form never gained the traction needed to make it worthwhile. It will now be an internal accounting system for the Tiers.
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Thanks again Phantom for the countless hours you spend keeping this thread updated. I believe few, including me, have any idea the work that is involved.

I watched Noah last night but I plan to go over a few scenes again before writing up a review. I was thoroughly impressed with the details and depth displayed from beginning to end. But there were a a couple of scenes at night (most notably the scene where Noah goes looking for wives for his two youngest sons) and then some shots in the Ark during the flood where the black levels didn't seem to be reference quality.
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Not sure if I can make recommendations as I honestly don't know enough to properly judge. That being said I see that Dragon Hunters made it to Tier 0 and that is one of my favourites with what I thought was excellent PQ. Another I would love to see is The Secret of Kells. Not only is the story astounding (once you get into it) but the "animation" is absolutely gorgeous and well worth reviewing.
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I watched Noah last night and I agree with what djoberg said.

I would put it in Tier 0 near the middle.

The biggest thing I can say about it is textures Textures TEXTURES! Every single piece of homemade, handspun (or was made to look this way) clothing was absolutely mind-bogglingly clear. Like individual threads clear. And facial pores? EVERY SINGLE ONE.

The only issue with the disc is occasional black levels, and even then, the rest of the film just looks so darn good.

I definitely recommend a rental on this one, just for the PQ and AQ (some nice deep booms and swishes as the floods come in).

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