Phantom had succeeded in whetting my appetite for this Blu-ray and I'm more than glad that he did. You may recall him saying, "It will likely end up in Tier 0." I'd like to go a step further and say, "It WILL end up in Tier 0!!"
Besides the usual array of virtues that we look for in a Top Tier contender, I was mesmerized by how perfectly "natural" this looked. My wife and I spent three days in New York City a few years ago, walking the streets day and night for countless hours. I felt like I was back walking those same streets as I watched scene after scene in "The Big Apple" with its stellar clarity and details. I had mentioned in my last review how there were shots in The Fault in our Stars
that were "too sharp" and thus they came across as "unnatural." By contrast we have in this title super, sharp clarity, and yet it retains that "looking through a window" look...again, PERFECTLY NATURAL.
There were a few soft shots, most notably in an opening scene in the bar where Keira Knightley first sings (a scene that is repeated a few times in the first half). But I feel like I'm "straining at a gnat" in bringing this out, for the majority of the film was pure EYE CANDY. We are treated to a good number of daytime scenes in New York City and the depth is astounding, along with details in foliage, buildings, cars, etc. that rivals any Blu that currently resides in Tier Blu. Colors are also pleasing to the eyes...contrast is strong...flesh tones are "natural"...and black levels are to die for!
Before I give my placement, I just have to ask, "Who knew that Keira Knightley could sing?" I'm always amazed when I've seen actors for many years playing in non-musical roles and then, all of a sudden, they're playing the role of a musician and they reveal to the world that THEY CAN REALLY SING! Of course, Adam Levine also performs and is at the top of his game (though I wasn't too convinced of his acting ability).
Tier Recommendation: Tier 0* (.75)
Viewed from 7.5' using the equipment listed below....