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post #22591 of 22595 Old 05-22-2015, 08:01 PM
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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 2.75*

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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