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post #22711 of 22720 Old 07-26-2015, 01:48 AM
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Dracula Untold

Very good, but not amazing. Some solid black levels (mostly). Facial details a bit lacking. Sharpness and depth reasonable but not the best. I'd hoped for just a little bit more overall.

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Justice League: Gods and Monsters

recommendation: Tier 1.25*

Like most animated DC films, Justice League: Gods and Monsters looks incredible in 1080P resolution on Blu-ray. The sharp, angular line-work features some very interesting new character designs for Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman from Bruce Timm. Animated in colorful clarity with perfect black levels, the vivid animation looks fantastic. Warner Bros. provides a BD-50 for the relatively short 75-minute main feature. The adequate AVC video encode averages 17.92 Mbps. A touch of minor banding is visible in a couple of shots but the clean animation is presented in flawless condition directly from its digital HD master.

These direct-to-video efforts from WB and DC Comics usually share a range of common visual features. The traditional two-dimensional animation retains a hand-drawn appeal from the heroes’ comic book roots. Most of the attention and focus is provided towards getting the characters right. Facial detail tends to suffer a bit in comparison to theatrical animation. Animated using a digital ink-and-paint process, the perfect contrast and rich black levels make for a very appealing appearance in Hi-Def video. This particular movie has slightly tighter art than is the norm. The polished character designs fluidly move in space and backgrounds show a creative approach to the familiar locations of the DC Universe like Metropolis and Apokolips.

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00100.MPLS                                                       AVC     1:15:42 14,371,313,664  28,281,481,392  25.31   17.92   DTS-HD  Master 5.1 3761Kbps (48kHz/24-bit)

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It's important to specify the Blu-ray edition on the main thread's list. For example, I was quite shocked to see All Is Lost on the Gold section as what I saw, the US BD, looked absolutely awful, no grain whatsoever and huge amounts of banding, both things that greatly distracted me from enjoying the film; later, though, I found out the CEE Blu-ray looks MUCH better, grain appeared out of nowhere and not even the underwater shots seem to have banding, at least on the screenshots I saw. No idea in which side falls the Western European Blu-ray as I couldn't find a comparison.

Note: this post originally had links to screenshots but I don't have enough posts for that yet! I'd rather just rephrase my post and add links later than span some other thread for post count.

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It's important to specify the Blu-ray edition on the main thread's list. For example, I was quite shocked to see All Is Lost on the Gold section as what I saw looked absolutely awful, no grain whatsoever and huge amounts o banding, both things that greatly distracted me from enjoying the film; later, though, I found out the CEE Blu-ray looks MUCH better, grain appeared out of nowhere and not even the underwater shots seem to have banding, at least on the screenshots I saw. No idea in which side falls the Western European Blu-ray as I couldn't find a comparison.

Note: this post originally had links to screenshots but I don't have enough posts for that yet! I'd rather just rephrase my post and add links later than span some other thread for post count.
can't edit my post but what I originally saw was the US BD.
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If there are no other notations marking something as a special edition or import, one should assume the listed BD is the standard American version. I do my very best to keep each listing differentiated by studio and other vital characteristics.

It was easier to keep track of this when the format was relatively new, since most movies hadn't been issued again and again in different configurations. Some movies have a rash of different versions, some with different transfers and some with identical transfers. Stargate is one such animal.

When checking out a specific movie's placement, I recommend searching on the movie in the thread itself for further clarification.

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If there are no other notations marking something as a special edition or import, one should assume the listed BD is the standard American version. I do my very best to keep each listing differentiated by studio and other vital characteristics.

It was easier to keep track of this when the format was relatively new, since most movies hadn't been issued again and again in different configurations. Some movies have a rash of different versions, some with different transfers and some with identical transfers. Stargate is one such animal.

When checking out a specific movie's placement, I recommend searching on the movie in the thread itself for further clarification.
Well, that's what I assumed but as I said the US BD looks absolutely awful. I can post links now, so here are comparisons:

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What is this CEE edition? I don't know what those initials mean. Where is it from? When I checked, Lionsgate has only issued All Is Lost one time in America.

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What is this CEE edition? I don't know what those initials mean. Where is it from? When I checked, Lionsgate has only issued All Is Lost one time in America.
Central and Eastern Europe. No idea which specific country it actually is from, sadly.
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Thanks. Checking here, I believe that could be the disc issued by Universal in several different European countries. Lionsgate's Blu-rays are routinely beaten in A/V quality by competing versions from other studios.

http://www.dvdcompare.net/comparison....php?fid=26595

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Catacombs

recommendation: Tier 2.25*

This is part of a recent double-feature from Scream Factory, sharing a single BD-50 with Cellar Dweller. The 1988 horror movie has received a new film transfer from impressive looking elements. Some minor compression issues in the AVC video encode actually hold it back from a higher placement. The video quality is quite nice for this forgotten feature. I was very impressed with its contrast and gamma, striking a nice tonality for the strong color palette.

The film transfer is unprocessed and includes rather pleasing clarity for a low-budget film of this period. The film-like presentation is ever so slightly windowboxed in its proper 1.78:1 aspect ratio.

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00004.MPLS                                                       AVC     1:28:29 20,757,166,080  36,370,960,487  31.28   25.79   DTS-HD  Master 2.0 1643Kbps (48kHz/24-bit) DTS-HD Master 2.0 1977Kbps  (48kHz/24-bit)

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