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The Mule

recommendation: Tier 3.0*

The Mule is another new release with less than impressive visuals, though this time it feels more a result of budget than an intended aesthetic choice. The Australian smuggling caper takes place in 1983, so the softer definition is possibly intentional. Its average clarity is rougher than normal for a production filmed with Arri Alexa cameras. There isn't an abundance of high-end detail and everything lies relatively flat in the scope framing.
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The Royal Tenenbaums - Wes Anderson

La comparaison avec l'édition DVD ne laisse aucune chance à celle-ci tant elle accumulait les problèmes de compression, un rendu des couleurs complètement terne pour un aspect globalement très cru et bien trop vidéo. On oublie tout ça : l'upgrade est parmi les plus impressionnants de la collection pour un titre avec une base DVD aussi "bonne" (en opposition à un upgrade comme The Samurai Trilogy, où l'édition DVD était tout simplement in-regardable). Le rendu des couleurs est splendide, la définition excellente sans jamais fléchir, la compression est invisible, et la copie splendide de bout en bout. Tout juste pourra-t'on remarquer quelques légères vibrations colorimétriques à un moment ou deux.

La piste 5.1, elle, reste timorée, sauf lors des quelques envolées musicales, où elle devient alors plus enveloppante. Le reste du temps, le film n'étant pas vraiment propice à la démonstration de force, le rendu demeure frontal, avec un rendu très clair des dialogues, et une piste très propre (mais on en attend pas moins d'un film de 2001).

Image : 9.5/10
Son : 8.5/10
Film : 9/10

Rank : 1.5
The Royal Tenenbaums

recommendation: Tier 2.0

In practice my ranking is not far off from tenia54's score. I finally caught Criterion's superb edition for The Royal Tenenbaums and felt it landed in the twilight between Tiers 1 and 2. I could just have easily placed my score in 1.5 or 1.75 without much hesitation.

Criterion licensed the 2001 Wes Anderson film from Disney (Buena Vista) for a 2012 Blu-ray release. Most importantly, Criterion struck a new 2K film transfer from the original camera negative under the direct supervision of Wes Anderson. So few movies from the early 2000s have seen such a careful film transfer, The Royal Tenenbaums retains its warm yellow color scheme in this impressive presentation. A very strong AVC video encode at maximum bitrates delivers flawless picture quality.

The 1080P video is an immaculate, perfectly manicured presentation, bursting with fine detail. The rich contrast feels right at home in the densely saturated warm colors, a vivid display of authentic film fidelity. This transfer properly retains the abundant film texture, enhancing the fairly sharp cinematography.

Other than some very light ringing in a couple of shots (check the funeral near the end), it's a brilliant film transfer preserving the movie's high degree of clarity and solid definition.
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