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Sorry, I probably won't be commenting about American Sniper on Blu-ray anytime soon. I have many other things ahead of it at the moment in my personal queue.

Late Phases: Night of the Lone Wolf

recommendation: Tier 2.25*

Late Phases is a low-budget independent film. It does use newer digital video for suitably decent picture quality, though there are a couple of issues. Some banding and minor chroma noise leak into the video encode. More concerning are the focal issues inherent to the digital cinematography. The sharp video over-uses bokeh, causing more softness than is necessary outside of the focal spot. It looks a bit out of place at times.

Clarity and definition are good enough for Tier One but its issues drag the rating down to Tier Two.

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Birdman of Alcatraz

recommendation: Tier 3.75*

The 1962 film was released as a limited edition by Twilight Time. They've licensed the HD master from MGM, Birdman's owner. This is a passable film transfer with decent enough definition. The black-and-white film isn't incredibly sharp. The contrast is strong enough. Some minor fluctuations in luminosity occasionally affect it.

This is not 1080P video loaded with an abundance of fine detail. The 1.66:1 presentation is mostly film-like with unaltered grain. Some thin halos are fairly prominent in specific parts of the film. The telecine transfer does not look to have been filtered, though it may very well be a few years older than better film scans. Twilight Time has encoded it in AVC on a BD-50. Aside from a few scattered examples of noise, the encode replicates the grain structure without much problem.

I was mostly satisfied by this Blu-ray presentation. It's not a 4K scan from restored elements but certainly shows improvements in clarity and definition over DVD. The print doesn't have damage to it. Black levels are okay but do not expect inky perfection in them.

Bob Dylan: The 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration

recommendation: Tier 3.5*

The interlaced 1080i video is slightly softer than we've come to expect from modern digital video. You can tell this concert went the extra mile to make sure the video footage would look very good. The stage has perfect lighting and excellent camera work.

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Penguins of Madagascar


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Penguins of Madagascar

Tier 0


While not the top of the tier, I think this one falls into the middle of the animated titles pack. It was clear and wonderful looking, but didn't have any truly outstanding moments like Monster's University and the like.

I recommend a rental at least as it was a more entertaining film (IMO) than any of the other Madagascar films. But I preferred the Penguins in those movies as well.
I agree with my colleague that this isn't going to dethrone any of the top Tier Blu titles, but I have to say it was still a stellar viewing. Regarding not having "any truly outstanding moments," there are a few scenes that had my jaw on the floor. A case in point would be at about the 45 minute mark where the penguins are in a life raft out at sea; the DEPTH is simply amazing, along with mesmerizing COLORS and exquisite DETAILS. I'm not exactly sure where "the middle of the animated pack is" (that's where fred was assigning it), but IMHO it should go right about here....

Tier Recommendation: Tier 0* (Right below Despicable Me 2)

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So the KURO is back in action at tip-top shape? The Madagascar films have brilliant color saturation.

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Yes, the KURO is back in true form and still creating AWE when viewing good source material. I might have been guilty of taking its exceptional PQ for granted, but after watching two small LCD/LED screens for over two weeks I am once again appreciating the "natural" picture that a plasma gives you.

I concur with you about the Madagascar films. They have beautiful, saturated colors. This last outing doesn't compare to Madagascar 3 in that category, but it has its moments!

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In honor of Memorial Day, the Blu-ray Picture Quality Tiers have been updated by myself. This time there were nearly 150 scores since January, including many new faces that I hope come back.

The update reflects all entries through May 24, 2015.

As always, any member may contact me directly for corrections or a missing score via private message or visitor message on my profile page. If there is a mistake or missing entry of yours, feel free to contact me.

I have also fixed the problem with all the Tier buttons like the ones I've made below, so jumping around on the page is as simple as clicking on any Tier number once again!

http://www.avsforum.com/forum/150-bl...a.html#anchor0

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 -
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I notice Godzilla (2014) has received a promotion. Why?
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In honor of Memorial Day, the Blu-ray Picture Quality Tiers have been updated by myself. This time there were nearly 150 scores since January, including many new faces that I hope come back.

The update reflects all entries through May 24, 2015.

As always, any member may contact me directly for corrections or a missing score via private message or visitor message on my profile page. If there is a mistake or missing entry of yours, feel free to contact me.

I have also fixed the problem with all the Tier buttons like the ones I've made below, so jumping around on the page is as simple as clicking on any Tier number once again!

http://www.avsforum.com/forum/150-bl...a.html#anchor0

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 -
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I notice Godzilla (2014) has received a promotion. Why?
There were several new qualified scores in this thread for Godzilla since the time of the last update, which improved its ranking. The PQ Tiers always reflect the summary of all scores from this thread. Some older ranked discs can move up or down if the new scores substantially change things.

I would love more feedback on the top BDs in Tier Blu. Consider Big Hero 6 and Monsters University as co-champions, there was a split decision favoring the new contender. We probably need more opinions on Paddington and a couple of others.

bb nf Big Hero 6 Video: AVC | Audio: DTS-HD MA 7.1 | AR: 2.40:1 | Disney
bb nf Monsters University Video: AVC | Audio: 7.1 Dolby TrueHD | AR: 1.78:1 | Disney
bb nf Rio 2 Video: AVC | Audio: DTS-HD MA 7.1 | AR: 2.40:1 | Fox
bb nf The Smurfs 2 Video: AVC | Audio: DTS-HD MA | AR: 1.85:1 | Sony
bb nf Toy Story 3 Video: AVC | Audio: DTS-HD MA 7.1 | AR: 1.85:1 | Disney
bb nf Paddington Video: AVC | Audio: DTS-HD MA | AR: 2.40:1 | Starz / Anchor Bay
bb nf Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Video: AVC | Audio: TrueHD 7.1 | AR: 1.78:1 | DreamWorks
bb nf The Croods Video: AVC | Audio: 7.1 DTS-HD MA | AR: 2.35:1 | DreamWorks
bb nf Legend Of The Guardians: Owls Of Ga'Hoole Video: AVC | Audio: DTS-HD MA | AR: 2.35:1 | Warner
bb nf A Christmas Carol (2009) Video: AVC | Audio: DTS-HD MA | AR: 2.40:1 | Disney
bb nf Turbo Video: AVC | Audio: 7.1 DTS-HD MA | AR: 2.35:1 | DreamWorks
bb nf Black Sails: The Complete First Season Video: AVC | Audio: Dolby TrueHD 7.1 | AR: 1.78:1 | Starz / Anchor Bay
bb nf A Bug's Life Video: AVC | Audio: DTS-HD MA | AR: 2.35:1 | Disney
bb nf Avatar Video: AVC | Audio: DTS-HD MA | AR: 1.78:1 | Fox
bb nf Life Of Pi Video: AVC | Audio: DTS-HD MA | AR: 1.85:1 | Fox

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I feel compelled to clarify something I said in earlier posts recently. I had commented on how my plasma gives me a much better viewing experience than the LCD or LED I own. If I offended anyone who owns an LCD/LED I am truly sorry, for I never meant to. I do believe LCD/LEDs have come a long way in PQ, but they still have the "off-axis" viewing limitations, and many of them do not offer the black levels that you get in a plasma (though some LEDs with Full Array Local Dimming look excellent). After owning a plasma for going on 7 years I'm so accustomed to that technology's benefits that I tend to come across as too critical of the LCD/LED displays.

So, has anyone out there seen American Sniper yet?

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Moonlighting (1982)

recommendation: Tier 2.75*

Moonlighting receives a fairly strong film transfer in a faithful film-like presentation. Released by niche distributor B2MP, the 1982 British film hits Blu-ray for the first time with strong clarity and decent definition. The 97-minute main feature is encoded in AVC, averaging 24 Mbps on a BD-25. Independent releases often struggle obtaining decent film elements. B2MP produces a new, high-grade film scan from elements in nearly perfect condition. The video is presented at 1080P resolution in the movie’s intended 1.78:1 aspect ratio.

The recent film transfer exhibits strong, unfiltered fine detail. A hint of sharpening is the only sign of any overt processing. The transparent AVC video encode handles the moderate grain structure without breaking into artifacts. Moonlighting’s overall palette is somewhat drab but its color saturation remains strong with fine color reproduction. The neutral contrast is backed by solid black levels most of the time. Flesh-tones aren’t overly warm.

Moonlighting’s detailed video has pleasing definition, perfectly encapsulating cinematographer Tony Pierce Roberts’ excellent cinematography. For a movie made on the cheap, the entire production is a high-quality effort marked by its professionalism. It doesn’t strive to be the sharpest film around but fares quite well in comparison to other European productions from the era on Blu-ray. You can’t ask for a much better job on Moonlighting. This Blu-ray presentation shows a very dramatic improvement over DVD-quality video in actual resolution and depth.

Code:
DISC INFO:

Disc Title:     Moonlighting
Disc Size:      24,427,612,423 bytes
Protection:     AACS
BD-Java:        No
BDInfo:         0.5.8

PLAYLIST REPORT:

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Length:                 1:37:19.875 (h:m:s.ms)
Size:                   23,746,179,072 bytes
Total Bitrate:          32.53 Mbps

VIDEO:

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MPEG-4 AVC Video        23998 kbps          1080p / 23.976 fps / 16:9 / High Profile 4.1

AUDIO:

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LPCM Audio                      English         2304 kbps       2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
LPCM Audio                      English         2304 kbps       2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
LPCM Audio                      English         2304 kbps       2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit

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There were several new qualified scores in this thread for Godzilla since the time of the last update, which improved its ranking. The PQ Tiers always reflect the summary of all scores from this thread. Some older ranked discs can move up or down if the new scores substantially change things.

I would love more feedback on the top BDs in Tier Blu. Consider Big Hero 6 and Monsters University as co-champions, there was a split decision favoring the new contender. We probably need more opinions on Paddington and a couple of others.
I recently ordered Big Hero 6, Foxcather, The Wire Boxset, '71, Ex Machina, Big Eyes and A Most violent Year. Those reviews will be coming up in june.

Do not own Paddington or Monsters University, so no comparisons yet. Will look into those.
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I feel compelled to clarify something I said in earlier posts recently. I had commented on how my plasma gives me a much better viewing experience than the LCD or LED I own. If I offended anyone who owns an LCD/LED I am truly sorry, for I never meant to. I do believe LCD/LEDs have come a long way in PQ, but they still have the "off-axis" viewing limitations, and many of them do not offer the black levels that you get in a plasma (though some LEDs with Full Array Local Dimming look excellent). After owning a plasma for going on 7 years I'm so accustomed to that technology's benefits that I tend to come across as too critical of the LCD/LED displays.

So, has anyone out there seen American Sniper yet?
Not me, yet. I have it coming from a giveaway I won, so it should get here sometime next week. Wife wants to see it, so if we can carve out some time we could watch it next weekend. I am sure you will have had the opportunity to see it by then.

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I noticed Her dropped from Tier 0 to Tier 2.0. That's quite a harsh drop!

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I noticed Her dropped from Tier 0 to Tier 2.0. That's quite a harsh drop!
A single score had put it in Tier 0. A couple of newer opinions had it scored much lower. I haven't seen Her myself.

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A single score had put it in Tier 0. A couple of newer opinions had it scored much lower. I haven't seen Her myself.
That makes sense then. The only way I knew it had dropped is I keep a list of Tier 0 movies in my personal collection.

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Not me, yet. I have it coming from a giveaway I won, so it should get here sometime next week. Wife wants to see it, so if we can carve out some time we could watch it next weekend. I am sure you will have had the opportunity to see it by then.
I was able to rent a copy this morning and I plan to watch it tonight! I will look forward to hearing from you after you and your wife watch it.

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'Her' done absolutely nothing for me PQ wise.
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American Sniper

I was NOT disappointed in the least with this title; both the movie and the PQ were great!

This one would have been reference material (i.e. Tier Blu) if not for some sporadic soft shots, some minor banding during a sand storm and a very drab color palette. In most every scene we are treated to superb CLARITY teeming with DETAILS. You could see every stitch in uniforms, every crack in the walls of buildings, every nuance in weapons and tanks, and every bit of texture in facial close-ups. In the few scenes where primary COLORS blossomed, they were bold and vibrant, yet quite natural-looking....very pleasing to these eyes! BLACK LEVELS were also very good to excellent in most instances, though there were a couple of shots where they faltered. SHADOW DETAILS in some of the night raids were spectacular! FLESH TONES were spot-on accurate. If I had opted to buy this, I would be placing it on my demo (Tier 1) shelf, right about here....

Tier Recommendation: 1.25*

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There were several new qualified scores in this thread for Godzilla since the time of the last update, which improved its ranking. The PQ Tiers always reflect the summary of all scores from this thread. Some older ranked discs can move up or down if the new scores substantially change things.

I would love more feedback on the top BDs in Tier Blu. Consider Big Hero 6 and Monsters University as co-champions, there was a split decision favoring the new contender. We probably need more opinions on Paddington and a couple of others.

bb nf Big Hero 6 Video: AVC | Audio: DTS-HD MA 7.1 | AR: 2.40:1 | Disney
bb nf Monsters University Video: AVC | Audio: 7.1 Dolby TrueHD | AR: 1.78:1 | Disney
bb nf Rio 2 Video: AVC | Audio: DTS-HD MA 7.1 | AR: 2.40:1 | Fox
bb nf The Smurfs 2 Video: AVC | Audio: DTS-HD MA | AR: 1.85:1 | Sony
bb nf Toy Story 3 Video: AVC | Audio: DTS-HD MA 7.1 | AR: 1.85:1 | Disney
bb nf Paddington Video: AVC | Audio: DTS-HD MA | AR: 2.40:1 | Starz / Anchor Bay
bb nf Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted Video: AVC | Audio: TrueHD 7.1 | AR: 1.78:1 | DreamWorks
bb nf The Croods Video: AVC | Audio: 7.1 DTS-HD MA | AR: 2.35:1 | DreamWorks
bb nf Legend Of The Guardians: Owls Of Ga'Hoole Video: AVC | Audio: DTS-HD MA | AR: 2.35:1 | Warner
bb nf A Christmas Carol (2009) Video: AVC | Audio: DTS-HD MA | AR: 2.40:1 | Disney
bb nf Turbo Video: AVC | Audio: 7.1 DTS-HD MA | AR: 2.35:1 | DreamWorks
bb nf Black Sails: The Complete First Season Video: AVC | Audio: Dolby TrueHD 7.1 | AR: 1.78:1 | Starz / Anchor Bay
bb nf A Bug's Life Video: AVC | Audio: DTS-HD MA | AR: 2.35:1 | Disney
bb nf Avatar Video: AVC | Audio: DTS-HD MA | AR: 1.78:1 | Fox
bb nf Life Of Pi Video: AVC | Audio: DTS-HD MA | AR: 1.85:1 | Fox
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Did my Big Hero 6 vote get counted Phantom? Surprised (disappointed) to see this at the very top.
Yes, you had the lowest ranking for Big Hero 6 by far in the lower rungs of Tier 0. It was still counted, there were just too many votes placing it at or near the top to drag it down. There were at least 4 votes placing it #1 champion.

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Yes, you had the lowest ranking for Big Hero 6 by far in the lower rungs of Tier 0. It was still counted, there were just too many votes placing it at or near the top to drag it down. There were at least 4 votes placing it #1 champion.

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IOW, it wasn't counted. No worries, just curious. That's what I get for tying to participate in this thread I suppose.

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I'm new at this. Not sure if I'm qualified at all. I have an eye for grotesque compression artifacts, but it's possible I'm not cut out for this. My goal over time is to get some titles on the map; ideally, someone who *has* proven to be a trusted PQ reviewer can look at some of these too.

The Legend of Korra: Book 3 - Change

I feel really silly. The first title I wanted to review is one that I disagree with Blu-Ray.com's review of.

After reading it, I looked through the episodes and had trouble finding macroblocking without zooming in beyond 100% original resolution. Assuming there *are* encoding errors, Tier 3 would be appropriate. Whatever there are, the video without the apparent encoding errors is breathtaking. If there are no such encoding errors, then it should be ranked higher. (I was honestly thinking bottom 10% of tier 0 or somewhere in the unordered list of tier 1; it doesn't look as good as The Lion King but it's one of the rare Blu-Rays I wish I had an audience for. I thought it was absolutely "demo-worthy". The flashes of fire and water across the screen are lively and vibrant. The establishing shots are quietly beautiful, with lots of use of light and reflection.) Here are some screenshots. http://imgur.com/a/r6tfB#0

Although it the show is designed and written in the United States, it is inspired by Japanese anime. It bridges the gap between the low-motion style of anime and the high-motion style of American cartoons. The result is a show with slightly less realistic motion than an American cartoon (camera pans and zooms don't always look like they would in real life -- characters sometimes stay too still while the camera moves), but much better-looking static images than a US cartoon. Even if there were zero artifacts, it is not going to wow an audience as much as high-budget Disney classics or a recent blockbuster. It *is* still quite impressive.

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So how does Book Three's AVC MPEG-4 video presentation fare? Unfortunately a bit worse than Book Two's decent but problematic 1080i presentation. Though encoded at 1080p via what appears to be inverse telecine processing (click here for further explanation), the most recent Korra release suffers from several issues; some familiar and not so surprising, some not-so-familiar and slightly irritating. First the familiar. Banding and macroblocking are back, and back with a vengeance, plaguing the series from start to finish and appearing everywhere from dark, moonlit environments to vibrant, warmly lit close-ups of our heroes. Neither is terribly debilitating, but each one is so prevalent that it's hard to ignore. The macroblocking is generally coupled with the banding too, which tends to exacerbate the unsightliness of it all. As to the more surprising anomalies, prepare to contend with pulldown lines, ghosting, and intermittent aliasing (most, if not all of which are consequences of the shift from 1080i/29.97fps to 1080p/23.98fps). The good news is that it's not that hard to get past all these nagging little mishaps. Taken on its own, each eyesore is rather easy to overlook. The bad news is that, together, those single eyesores amount to a collective distraction, and in an absorbing animated series like The Legend of Korra, being distracted is the last thing anyone needs, particularly in the midst of a climactic battle or as characters reach emotional crossroads.

Thankfully, other aspects of the presentation are spot on; to the point some will complain about my video score being too low. Color and contrast are bold, vivid and dazzling, boasting lovely hues, explosive primaries and satisfying black levels. Clarity is excellent as well, with crisp lines and well-resolved background textures and brushstrokes. Softness creeps in, but really only as the dynamic, often cinematic animation dictates. And quick comparisons reveal the differences between the Blu-ray and DVD presentations of Book Three are significant. Bottom line? It's worth admitting that most viewers won't notice 80% of the video issues mentioned above. Banding is apparent, but only those sensitive to ghosting and what not will be yanked out of the experience (and even then, only occasionally). That doesn't make the results any less disappointing, or the sting any less annoying, but the various issues also aren't crippling enough to suggest avoiding the release completely or holding out too much hope for an alternative. Proceed accordingly.
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A single score had put it in Tier 0. A couple of newer opinions had it scored much lower. I haven't seen Her myself.
Her is fine. Some scenes are beautiful, but I can't say if it has any compression issues, nor can I agree that it represents the best that Blu-Ray has to offer. (Haven't seen it in a year.)
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Welcome, Monomial. How much banding and macroblocking can subtract from a BD's placement is always tricky. Television animation like Korra is typically done quicker and cheaper than theatrical fare. I also see it was released by Paramount in that review, not a studio known for their animation on Blu-ray. I cover much of WB's animated DC output for the Tiers, they have a fairly similar production process to Korra. Their rankings vary all over the Tiers, from Tier 2 to the middle of Tier 0.

Don't worry so much about what a reviewer at Blu-ray.com thinks of the video quality for your own score. If you don't see artifacts on your display, give Korra a score you feel it deserves.

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recommendation: Tier 1.5*

This direct-to-video animated feature has nice PQ while lacking the polish of better animated fare in Tier 0. The color palette is brighter and bolder than we've been getting from DC's recent animated efforts. The AVC video encode isn't spectacular but gets the job done.

Black levels are perfect as you'd expect from new animation. The character designs aren't particularly detailed and background animation is fairly static.

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IOW, it wasn't counted. No worries, just curious. That's what I get for tying to participate in this thread I suppose.
Hey Toe, don't feel bad...I have ranked one much lower (or higher) than the general consensus and the final placement ended up being right where everyone else wanted it. So, for all practical purposes, it seemed like my vote didn't even count. But Phantom has been fairly consistent in this, for if only one vote is far enough away from "the pack," he will go strictly with "the pack."

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IOW, it wasn't counted. No worries, just curious. That's what I get for tying to participate in this thread I suppose.
The PQ Tiers continually strives to reflect the popular will of all participants. Trust me that by being at the top, we'll hear about Big Hero 6 being ranked too high if people really don't believe it's worthy of the crown.

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recommendation: Tier 3.25*

Scream Factory issues Scarecrows in a highly satisfactory Hi-Def presentation for this Blu-ray. The 1988 film has been licensed from MGM, which has led to inconsistent video results in the past. This is not so with Scarecrows, it has a fine film transfer from elements in solid condition with few blemishes. The unrated, uncut 83-minute main feature is presented in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio at 1080P resolution. That is encoded in AVC on a BD-50, averaging a fantastic 35 Mbps for the transparent video encode.

The atmospheric film takes place almost entirely at night, so lighting conditions are not always perfect for every shot. Peter Deming's cinematography has decent depth for a low-budget horror production from the Eighties. Black levels slightly crush shadow delineation, though hold up surprisingly well most of the time. The softest scenes include the scarecrows themselves, including some older special effect shots that look a couple of generations away from the negative. Scarecrows provides fairly solid fine detail. The film transfer may not be a new scan from pristine elements; it is more likely this master was struck by MGM as a telecine or done at 2K resolution a couple of years ago. It doesn't really matter, the printing elements must be close to the negative. A few specks of dirt don't intrude in this solid film experience.

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Whats the effect called when it looks like a person is giving off a small heatwave? Like what you see when looking just above a lit candle?

We just watched Two days, One night, and I noticed that effect quite a few times (also on a lot of other BD's)
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