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The Railway Man

Do-Blu scored the maximum 5 stars PQ for this disc.

It is indeed a robust HD presentation and throughout I was debating lower tier 0 against upper tier 1 - on the plus side: pin sharp focus and resolution with far reaching detail in many scenes. Skin tones appear natural and facial close ups were often first class. Less flaterring were some of the darker scenes- more than once, black levels seemed to drift off the mark causing contrast to suffer and slightly wash the image out. Because of this, I don't feel I can go with top tier, so will drop down to....

Tier 1.0
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How to Train Your Dragon 2

Tier Recommendation: Tier 0, top third (obviously)


Wonderful details, great visuals, overall a pleasing image. Djoberg pretty much said everything that I would say, so his review for Tier 0 stands, just wanted to put in my impressions as well.

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Ed Wood

recommendation: Tier 3.5*

Tim Burton's Ed Wood (1994) receives an adequate transfer for Blu-ray that doesn't provide a dramatic increase in resolution. The older film transfer definitely shows improvements in definition and clarity over DVD. The black-and-white film has sharp contrast and decent black levels in Hi-Def.

High-frequency detail is a bit middling, possibly a result of some light filtering. The mild grain structure looks fairly film-like, helped out by an AVC video encode beyond reproach. What isn't film-like by any stretch is the obvious ringing. This is a transfer riddled with halos of varying amplitude. I didn't expect Disney to do much with Ed Wood's transfer as a catalog title, and I was right. There is nice depth and the occasional sighting of solid dimensionality at 1080p resolution.

If one can live with its halos due to zealous sharpening, I think most fans will be satisfied by this very average presentation.
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This is a question for the regular 3-D viewers, but which version do you usually watch first? On a first viewing, the normal way or the film in 3-D? I don't watch enough 3-D content to give an answer. Has the 3-D version become the primary option?
Of course; 3D always takes precedence over 2D.
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Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (50th Anniversary)

Recommendation: Tier 3.25*

This is a marginal improvement if any over the previous Rudolph in tier 3.5. Clarity and color abound in the presentation, fuzz and hair on the figures is on great display in every shot and colors pop. Not many scenes take place at night or in dark conditions but black levels are good and contrast is also well on display.

Unfortunately, PQ greatly suffers in the number of scratches and other surface imperfections seen throughout the presentation. The packaging touts this release as being "Digitally Remastered" but a little digital restoration to remove the surface damage would have probably raised Rudolph into the tier 2.0 range.
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Thanks for the Rudolph review, Darth. I've heard they made minor color corrections, most notably to Yukon Cornelius' coat. I am very surprised no one has attempted to remake Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in CGI. Given the recent leaks, it looks like Sony needs movie ideas.
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Nightbreed: Director's Cut

recommendation: Tier 3.0*

Another cherished Christmas classic gets its proper treatment. Merely checking if everyone is still paying attention. Shout Factory released Clive Barker's new director's cut this October. Long thought lost, years of searching rescued the film elements necessary to construct this fully-realized version of the film. The new film transfer from the original camera negative is very strong, a highly satisfying presentation for such an overlooked film. Shout Factory had to license the film from Warner Bros. This is certainly one of the better-looking film transfers handled by Shout Factory of late.

I was ready to place this BD in Tier Two after its first hour, it has excellent reproduction of the natural grain structure and is loaded with texture. The newish film scan has strong detail and definition, boasting appreciable Hi-Def clarity. The color grading is tasteful, fully saturating primary colors without unnaturally skewing flesh-tones. Keeping its placement in Tier Three is occasionally soft cinematography, particularly the female lead. Another factor is the less impressive second hour, as the movie's setting shifts to the bowels of Midian.

Shout Factory has employed a very strong AVC video encode, fully transparent to the new film transfer and faithfully replicating its heavy grain structure. There is a touch of sharpening in a couple of scenes but this transfer has not been filtered to any serious degree. The camera negative is in relatively good condition, the 1990 film is slightly less than immaculate. A couple of odd marks here and there, mostly attached to the scattered FX shots.
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Raw Force a.k.a. Kung Fu Cannibals

recommendation: Tier 3.75*

Niche distributor Vinegar Syndrome released Raw Force in October. Claiming a 2K restoration from the original camera negative for this BD, the 1982 low-budget film looks as good as it ever will at 1080p resolution. It is a very competent film transfer, mostly limited by the native cinematography and some deterioration evident in the negative.

Technically, the transfer sports a nice level of detail without extraneous video processing. The night scenes pose more challenges to the picture quality, exhibiting less clarity.
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Thanks for the Rudolph review, Darth. I've heard they made minor color corrections, most notably to Yukon Cornelius' coat. I am very surprised no one has attempted to remake Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer in CGI. Given the recent leaks, it looks like Sony needs movie ideas.
Cornelius' coat is blue throughout which, according to previous discussions on this board, is not the green color it is in the original elements.

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Cornelius' coat is blue throughout which, according to previous discussions on this board, is not the green color it is in the original elements.
The production team behind that first Blu-ray claimed Yukon's coat was green in the original film elements. It's hard to determine if they were being entirely truthful on that matter. It looks more like an overly modern teal tweak pushed the blue in his coat, as seen in the broadcasts and prior home video versions, towards turquoise. I think most Rudolph purists would want Yukon's coat looking blue, as on the new transfer.

The merchandise for Yukon over the decades has pointed to a blue coat...

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I think most Rudolph purists would want Yukon's coat looking blue, as on the new transfer.
Wouldn't call myself a Rudolph purist but I too prefer the blue coat.

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House of Cards (Season 2)

After a three-day "binge" of 13 episodes, my opinion remains unchanged. This is, most definitely, Tier 0 material. During the first 5 minutes of the 1st episode there was a scene with terrible black levels, which had me thinking they had lowered the standards for Season 2. But as outdoor scenes appeared, along with well-lit interior shots, incredible depth, details and clarity reigned supreme. Black levels and shadow details were also exemplary. I had given the 1st Season a .66 placement and the 2nd Season gets the same vote. With the exception of some rare soft shots, this is a killer series that deserves a place on everyone's "demo shelf."

Tier Recommendation: Tier 0* (.66)

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I am never very good at those kind of binges, Denny. I don't like watching more than a handful of episodes from the same show in a week.

Aria the Scarlet Ammo: Complete Series

recommendation: Tier 3.0*

Funimation did their best with this release, the animation itself is simply flat and less than impressive for the 2011 anime. The line-art is fairly simple and lacking detail, it reeks of being done on the cheap.
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I am never very good at those kind of binges, Denny. I don't like watching more than a handful of episodes from the same show in a week.
If a series is really good (as is the case with House of Cards), I have no problem watching several episodes in one sitting. I had three evenings free (my wife is babysitting grandchildren in the Twin Cities) and it was perfect for getting through the whole season.

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