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post #22471 of 22476 Old 04-18-2015, 07:32 AM
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Yeah Phantom, how about that! It's probably my FIRST "double barrel placement."

I should have mentioned two things: 1) The November Man had MANY scenes that may cause some to consider the Top Tier, but there were inconsistencies. Some scenes simply didn't have the punch and came across as flat. I recall a couple of shots too where the contrast may have been pumped up resulting in a "washed out" look outdoors. 2) The Captive did have plenty of sharpness/clarity, but I do recall a few indoor scenes that softened. Neither of us these two titles were popular at the Box Office, especially The November Man, but I found them worth a rent.

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Kidnapping Mr. Heineken

recommendation: Tier 4.0*

The only production information I could find on Kidnapping Mr. Heineken was that the European movie was filmed on the Arri Alexa XT Plus camera. This is one of the softest Blu-ray experiences I’ve seen from this line of digital cameras. While watching the Blu-ray I was thinking more along the lines of Super 16 film with its rather rough video quality. The cinematography is murky, filled with rough noise, and possesses dull colors. The Blu-ray transfer is a mess as well, supposedly from a digital intermediate. Something is wrong with this presentation’s black levels. There are very few moments which hit inky levels of blackness. It could be an elevated gamma level or the contrast was badly brightened.

The 94-minute main feature is encoded in AVC MPEG-4 on a BD-25. The mediocre video encode averages 21.99 Mbps. It chokes on the gritty texture and swaths of ISO noise, producing swarms of random noise and compression artifacts. Some of the problem is clearly due to the limited cinematography, which looks to have been shot with as little resolution as they could get away with on a modern camera. That may have been a conscious aesthetic choice for the period piece but there was no reason to remind anyone of VHS resolution and softness. This is flat, ugly Hi-Def video shot on the cheap.

This is rather dismal video for a movie produced two years ago. No true black levels, poor high-frequency information, and a terrible video encode add up to a rather limp 1080P video presentation. Blu-ray distributor Alchemy (formerly known as Millennium Video) does preserve the intended aspect ratio of 2.35:1.


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Interstellar

recommendation: Tier 0* (.6)

As expected, the IMAX footage is very, very impressive. Interstellar was designed as eye candy and those aims are mostly achieved. It is an ambitious spectacle with seamless VFX for the most part. The 35mm portions look better than Nolan's other recent efforts. While I wouldn't necessarily call all of Interstellar a Tier 0 disc, the IMAX scenes by themselves are almost enough to rank it in the upper half of Tier 0.
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This might have been discussed before but I still think they should be on the list (didn't see them) above the matching US disc would be logic. There are threads on "other" forums going into more detail about each disc.

Lawrence of Arabia Video: AVC | Audio: DTS-HD MA | AR: 2:19:1 | Sony - The JP disc is "Mastered in 4K" brand with higher bitrate thus little better PQ/less compression

Gladiator (Remastered) Video: AVC | Audio: DTS-HD MA | AR: 2.35:1 | Paramount - EU disc is known to have little better PQ altough lower bitrate, so better detail/less compression

Book Of Eli, The Video: VC-1 | Audio: DTS-HD MA | AR: 2.39:1 | Warner - EU disc is known to be a little better

Black Hawk Down Video: MPEG-2 | Audio: PCM | AR: 2.40:1 | Sony - Nordic and German disc is known to be better, both color and detail/compression

Domino Video: VC-1 | Audio: TrueHD | AR: 2.40:1 | Warner - UK disc is known to be a better transfer

Immortals Video: AVC | Audio: DTS-HD MA | AR: 1.85:1 | Fox - JP disc have different gamma thus less black crush. Looks better to my eyes

Doomsday Video: VC-1 | Audio: DTS-HD MA | AR: 2.35:1 | Universal - JP disc is AVC and higher bitrate thus a little better PQ/less compression

Incredible Hulk, The Video: AVC | Audio: DTS-HD MA | AR: 2.35:1 | Universal - JP disc is from Sony and have higher bitrate thus a little better PQ/less compression

Underworld Video: AVC | Audio: PCM | AR: 2.35:1 | Sony - JP disc is theatrical only but higher bitrate with better detail/less compression
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I don't mind adding them in the next update. Are these international editions ones you've actually seen? I ask because we've avoided going off spec's and listed bitrates to place any disc in the PQ Tiers. It wouldn't surprise me if they surpass the domestic output, many of which were released fairly early in the format's history.

It does save me a great deal of time by listing the fields needed for the update when they get entered. Half of the time needed to update the Tiers was once hunting down spec's for each nominated Blu-ray. It has gotten tougher since CinemaSquid stopped updating his Blu-ray master review list website.
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Yeah I own 6 of them and seen good proof of the rest.
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