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post #22771 of 22779 Old 08-26-2015, 01:08 PM
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The Eccentric Family: Complete Premium Edition

recommendation: Tier 1.0*

A recent anime series that looks outstanding in this pristine 1080P presentation. Superbly handled by NIS America, the Blu-ray is a perfect digital replication of its animation in vivid quality.

What elevates this animation is a keen eye for detail in the backgrounds and pleasing character design. The bold colors make for a splashy palette.

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Dark Was the Night

recommendation: Tier 2.5*

Dark Was The Night is a RED Epic production. That entails a certain level of visual quality from the digital camera. Image Entertainment brings the sharp-looking film to Blu-ray in a perfect digital transfer. The 98-minute main feature is presented in a carefully-shot 2.40:1 aspect ratio with mannered cinematography. Encoded in fine AVC video averaging 20 Mbps, the movie devoutly adheres to a modern digital color grading commonly found in thrillers. The largely colorless presentation brings a distinctively dark tone with its teal and bluish shades.

The video itself is nearly razor-sharp with strong definition. The unfiltered digital transfer contains impressive detail outside of its darkest shots at night. It is not eye candy per se. The limited color palette lacks brighter colors. Black levels are quite good outside of one or two scenes. A hint of noise appears in them which stand out only because the rest of the film looks so clean and perfect.

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00020.MPLS                                                       AVC     1:38:33 18,704,117,760  21,513,909,448  25.31   19.98   DTS-HD  Master 5.1 3918Kbps (48kHz/24-bit)

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post #22773 of 22779 Old 09-01-2015, 03:34 PM
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The Vampire Diaries: Complete Sixth Season

recommendation: Tier 2.0*

I wish WB would use five BD-50s instead of the four we now get on these very long seasons, but there are less compression problems than the raw averages below would indicate. The show itself has always been a tale of two opposing aesthetics. Vivid, crisp exteriors look positively great with warm, inviting colors and darker interiors show slight black crush with a different contrast level.

I don't know if it was a conscious change in setting and lighting for season six, but definition and clarity were better than prior seasons. This is an upgrade from the broadcast presentation.

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00051.MPLS                                                       AVC     0:42:25 6,725,025,792   40,806,979,914  21.13   15.92   DTS-HD  Master 5.1 2184Kbps (48kHz/16-bit)

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Fifty Shades of Grey (Theatrical Cut)

I know, I know....

Anyway not a bad disc by any means. I'd say most of the film looked good and the remainder was alright. Generally the picture was clear and pristine - solid blacks, good dimensionality and sparkle in sunny day time scenes with things falling a bit flat and bland in darker moments. As such, knocking things down a peg or two from the cream of the crop.

Tier 1.75
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Mad Max: Fury Road

It's been a long time since I posted in this thread! Anyway, the new Mad Max is a shiny, chrome Blu-ray worthy of a fantastic film. Detail is amazing, from faces to scenery, it's among the most detailed discs that I've seen. The problem that I see is some minor ringing in certain scenes and a flat color palette through the vast bulk of scenes. I can't ding it for the colors, which is an artistic choice, but the ringing bumps it down a tiny bit.

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It's good to see returning members in the PQ Tiers. Rusky was brave enough to review Fifty Shades of Grey for us.

The Originals: Complete Second Season

recommendation: Tier 2.5*

Television sales on Blu-ray have greatly declined in the past couple of years and it appears those economic pressures have begun to affect WB's handling of this television release. Season two of The Originals ran twenty-two episodes, each one running over 42 minutes in length. Having already cut out the included DVDs in their combo packs, the entire season is reduced to three BD-50s! That means as many as eight episodes are included on one disc. Check the horrifying AVC parameters below. That is only slightly better than broadcast encodings.

The picture quality isn't terrible but this is a disappointing trend. When sets of this size first came out on BD, WB would allot at least five discs.

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00054.MPLS                                                       AVC     0:42:26 4,764,880,896   38,772,010,791  14.97   11.39   DTS-HD  Master 5.1 2177Kbps (48kHz/16-bit)

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Since this thread is all about video quality, here are the first announced UHD Blu-rays in true 4K.

The complete lineup of the first Fox movies on Ultra HD Blu-ray:

Exodus: Gods and Kings
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Fantastic Four
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Life of Pi
The Maze Runner
Wild

All solid choices since most of them looked fantastic on Blu-ray.

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Since this thread is all about video quality, here are the first announced UHD Blu-rays in true 4K.

The complete lineup of the first Fox movies on Ultra HD Blu-ray:

Exodus: Gods and Kings
Kingsman: The Secret Service
Fantastic Four
X-Men: Days of Future Past
Life of Pi
The Maze Runner
Wild

All solid choices since most of them looked fantastic on Blu-ray.
This slate won't have me rushing out to buy a 4k player or display... I guess I'm a snob

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I think pure videophile considerations played a bigger role in which Fox titles were selected and what would be easy to transfer in 4K resolution than the worth of each movie. I already own several of them on Blu-ray and I don't see myself double-dipping films on UHD like I did for Blu-ray from DVD.

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